The Hounds of Fionn macCumaill and Maol Ceann Dearg
by Collaciotach » Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:36 pm
Munros included on this walk: Maol Chean-dearg
Corbetts included on this walk: An Ruadh-stac
Date walked: 19/10/2014
Time taken: 6 hours
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Landed at Na Cuileagan on Saturday morning with the intention of Maol Ceann Dearg on this wild ,windy day .
The walk up the Abhainn Fhionn is straightforward and we also enjoyed a look in the MacLennan house now a Bothan which was empty .
Ach an toiseach cuir sinn a'ceilidh air Clach nan Conn Fionn ......... and we wanted to see where Fionn MacCumhaill tethered his dogs
It is said that Fionn Mac Cumhaill had two dogs ,Bran and Sceolan
It is also told that their mother was Tuiren, and she was Fionn Mac Cumhaill's aunt, transformed into a hound by a fairy or Sidhe however today no sign of the beasties just their tethering post
The said Gaoith was not noticed in the Gleann but the sky was fast as we headed up the Bealach and as we hit the 500m mark the wind became fierce !
Good views to An Ruaidh Stac on the way suas .... no doing that today in this weather I said on my way up the slope of Maol Ceann Dearg !
No difficulty to the mullach but care in the wind which would take the feet off you ! ..... we soon hit the carn
and with a grey hue to the sky no much clarity in the views
We took 2hrs 15mins to the summit but no hanging about today and after a 20min break we set of back down with the intention of heading home.
At the Bealach again I considered the Corbett ,sky was brightening although wind stronger should we ? ....... off we set
We took a line up the druim and a wee bit lea of the gale , steep but dry and good hand / foot holds although some sgritheall (scree)
We traversed a bit South across and under the summit and emerged in the wee bealach of the summit
The wind was hefty here but a grand wee hill although only a 10min stop to refuel before heading back down ,clear views all round and sun
Care needed going down as a wee bit craggy and scree you would be careful in wet or snow conditions but great cráic
Agus bha sin e ...and that was it ,back at the car for 2.30pm , six hours for both hills ... I reckon I'm a descendant of Fionn MacCumhaill at that speed .
by Beaner001 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:01 am
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by Huff_n_Puff » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:25 pm
Like Annie I'd like to know how the dogs paws were at the end of the day. When we did MCD our pair ended up with cut paws so we've been keeping then off the neighboring hills, but perhaps that's going a bit too far??
by malky_c » Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:02 pm
by Collaciotach » Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:11 pm
AnnieMacD wrote:Great photos with your new camera. MCD is a great hill but not a patch on An Ruadh Stac. It's one of my favourites - has it all in my opinion. I can't believe you did them both in 6 hours!!! Were An Cu's paws OK on ARS?
Aye right wee pair of crampoons he has ... he was fine slowed down a bit on the way down the Glen mind ... was surprised how quick ,light pack helped and I stopped bout 40 mins !
by mountain thyme » Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:15 pm
by Collaciotach » Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:21 pm
malky_c wrote:Excellent . A pair for the train in future I think - did them both separately before but Strathcarron keeps drawing me back.
Aye Malky a good day out indeed and easy done by train I 'm surprised more folk do not do both on the day , too much to resist for me
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