walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Beinn Eighe: simply the best ?

Beinn Eighe: simply the best ?


Postby 2manyYorkies » Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:58 pm

Route description: Beinn Eighe (western summits)

Munros included on this walk: Ruadh-stac Mor (Beinn Eighe), Spidean Coire nan Clach (Beinn Eighe)

Date walked: 11/06/2015

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 18.7 km

Ascent: 1496m

10 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Well, so far it is, for me at least. But then I'm still in the early stages of highland nirvanitis.
Andy and I had the privilege of as near perfect conditions as you could hope for on Beinn Eighe last Thursday. The forecast the night before had promised fine weather, and we took our preparation seriously with our special fuelling regime of several beers, and lots more whisky, including the delicious Glenfarclas 105. :? :? :lol: :lol:
The eastern ridge and Black Carls looked down on us at our Kinlochewe base:
Image

The plan was to do the standard circuit in a clockwise direction, and we parked at the little car park and set off up into Coire Dubh Mor:
Image

Liathach on the left...
Image

and Beinn Eighe to the right:
Image

This has got to be one of the best walk-ins, if not the best.
The path gives new vistas every few yards, the northern face of Liathach:
Image

across the lochans of Coire dubh Mor to Tom na Gruigach:
Image

the remote Corbetts of Wester Ross:
Image

and finally to the iconic Coire Mich Fearchair with it's loch and famous triple buttress of Coinneach Mhor, one of many tops on Beinn Eighe:
Image

Image

A wild camper (actually he was quite calm) was packing away his tent as we arrived - made a mental note to do a wild camp here myself one day. Could have stayed at the loch all day, but the siren call of the steep shattered rock and scree that led to the main ridge was too much to resist:
Image

..but equally compelling were the views looking back:
Image

Image

Hauling a sweaty self out of the scree gully we were immediately greeted by the full vista of the Beinn Eighe range and the lower Munro of Spidean Coire nan Clach, looking a long way away:
Image

Black Carls pinnacles:
Image

But first a short rocky then grassy slope leads to the first (and highest) Munro summit of Ruadh-stac-Mor (a popular name in these parts), with views north to An Teallach and Fisherfields:
Image

and west to Bean Dearg and Beinn Alligin behind:
Image

Back to the bealach and then up the slope to Coinneach Mhor, with views back down to Coire Mhic Fhearchair:
Image

back to Ruadh-stac-Mor:
Image

and the beast appearing to the south-west, waiting to feed on us the next day... :shock: :shock:
Image

ahead to the second Munro, Spidean Coire nan Clach:
Image

The airy ridge walking is straightforward but lumpy, the shattered quartzite giving a lunar feel (don't know why I say that, never having been to the moon, just feels right...) :? :?
Image

Image

Image

View back along the ridge circuit to Ruadh-stac-Mor:
Image

the ridge with Liathach behind:
Image

and in all it's dark and ominous glory:
Image

A trig point marks the path coming up from Coire an Laiogh, the summit of Spidean Coire nan Clach lies a few yards and a short scramble further on:
Image

Image

Views galore, along the east ridge, Black Carls pinnacles and Fionn Bheinn in distance:
Image

South-east to Lochs Clair and Coulin:
Image

North across Ruadh-stac Beag to Slioch, Fisherfields and a distant An Teallach:
Image

North-west across Ruadh-stac-Mor to Loch Maree and the sea beyond:
Image

Tops of Liathach shimmering in afternoon sunshine:
Image

The view down the descent into Coire an Laoigh:
Image

The way down was frankly a bit tedious after the delights of the ridge, seriously eroded top few hundred metres were no fun at all, things got a lot easier further down, and the 2km back along the road to the car flew by. Maybe the prospect of more beers and drams helped.... more likely though the deep satisfaction of a near-perfect highland mountain day. :D :D
User avatar
2manyYorkies
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 238
Munros:150   Corbetts:15
Hewitts:63
Wainwrights:90   
Joined: Nov 8, 2013
Location: York (ver 1.0)

Re: Beinn Eighe: simply the best ?

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:09 pm

Yep, Simply the best - I can imagine this as being a near-perfect day: one best groups of hills in Scotland , fabulous weather; and the wonderful and unique Coire mich Fearchair. Not to mention some perfect expedition preparation with high quality fuel.

And some great pics to remember it by :clap: :clap: :clap:
User avatar
Alteknacker
Scrambler
 
Posts: 2915
Munros:167   Corbetts:29
Hewitts:227
Wainwrights:90   
Joined: May 25, 2013
Location: Effete South (of WIgan, anyway)

Re: Beinn Eighe: simply the best ?

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:48 am

Stunning photos, :clap: :clap: hoping to make it up here this summer so I'll answer your question then, but I'm prejudiced enough to suspect you're right. Torridon is special with or without the liquid enhancements :lol: :lol:
User avatar
Huff_n_Puff
Walker
 
Posts: 955
Munros:251   Corbetts:16
Grahams:9   Donalds:1
Sub 2000:18   Hewitts:4
Wainwrights:1   Islands:19
Joined: Apr 13, 2012

Re: Beinn Eighe: simply the best ?

Postby londonwalker » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:21 pm

Simply the best? Certainly one of them. I said at the time I put it in my top 5 hill days and suspect it will remain there. Stunning photos by the way but frankly the subject matter was so good I would expect nothing less from you!
User avatar
londonwalker
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 137
Munros:282   Corbetts:89
Grahams:1   Donalds:18
Hewitts:36
Joined: Jul 1, 2010

Re: Beinn Eighe: simply the best ?

Postby lindseym » Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:18 pm

Unbelievable photos! Thursday was a perfect day :D
User avatar
lindseym
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 43
Munros:167   Corbetts:9
Grahams:3   Donalds:1
Sub 2000:2   Hewitts:9
Islands:8
Joined: Dec 29, 2014
Location: Glasgow

Re: Beinn Eighe: simply the best ?

Postby ancancha » Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:44 pm

Looks awesome in the true sense or the word.
Great photos :clap:
I've been doing a few tame Munros so far this year, hopefully I will get to do something like this during the summer.
User avatar
ancancha
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 989
Munros:84   Corbetts:3
Grahams:1   Donalds:1
Joined: Jun 30, 2014
Location: Killadysert

Re: Beinn Eighe: simply the best ?

Postby rockhopper » Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:03 pm

a bit of a cracker right enough :thumbup: and a great set of photos - cheers :)
User avatar
rockhopper
 
Posts: 6486
Munros:282   Corbetts:207
Grahams:63   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:9   Hewitts:2
Wainwrights:3   Islands:19
Joined: Jun 1, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: Beinn Eighe: simply the best ?

Postby L-Hiking » Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:18 pm

Just doing some research regarding these Munros and find this stunning pictures....I'and from a fellow Yorkie I'm hooked and booked for May!!
User avatar
L-Hiking
Mountaineer
 
Posts: 545
Munros:63   Corbetts:7
Grahams:2   
Sub 2000:2   Hewitts:142
Wainwrights:214   
Joined: Aug 30, 2010
Location: York, North Yorkshire

10 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Colin lavin, deryksmith, gregorpaterson, howzat, markacnowell and 65 guests