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Creag Tharsuinn (Cowal) via Glen Shellish by bike

Creag Tharsuinn (Cowal) via Glen Shellish by bike

Postby m3doc » Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:07 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Creag Tharsuinn

Date walked: 09/07/2015

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 721m

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Start at Glenbranter Forestry Commission car park with toilet facilities. Bike up good forestry road keeping straight on, ignoring branches to left and right, passing some cottages on right (one selling teas & coffees) and further small car park on right followed by a short steeper section and after passing a quarry on right then the Glen Shellish loop junction, at 3.5 miles (1 hour by e-bike or 1.15 hour by MTB) NS110927 at start of final long curve of road (not shown on 1:50,000 but on 1:25,000 map going left to Bealach Bernice) where just after a lay-bye on right there is a huge boulder on the right with a small cairn marking the hidden start of a grassy, slightly boggy, forestry track which curves up to the left for half a mile where, just after passing under some windblown trees, at NS101927 there is a tiny cairn on right marking a short route, again passing under some windblown trees and a tree with orange ribbon, up to forest edge with defunct sheep fence. Follow the stream there (pesky midges & 100 feet of bracken July/August) straight up to col (the stream peters out below the col but a wooden posted sheep fence coming up from the left goes up and over the col where old metal fence posts going right along the ridge can be followed a mile to the top, though become infrequent higher up. One flat stone marks the top 643m (my GPS read 645m) perched on crags above Garrachra Glen under 2 hours from bike. Return by same route and back to car in 12 mins on bike.
Large boulder and small cairn on right after lay-bye at start of long curve of road round left to Bealach Bernice marking hidden grassy track
Under windblown trees with small cairn beyond on right marking passage up and under trees to forest edge
Small cairn marking route up and under windblown trees to forest edge
Forest exit with broken sheep fence a couple of uprooted trees and small cairn at stream coming down from col and start of bracken
From col looking back at wooden posted sheep fence coming up from forest from right
Old metal fence posts going along ridge to top
Looking back down to col
Fence posts heading to top
Approaching grassy summit ridge
Approaching top which is directly above left pole; top to left is 2 metres lower.
Summit "cairn" looking east to Bealach Bernice with Beinns Bheag to left and Mhor to right
Summit looking south down Garrachra Glen
Summit looking north down Glen Shellish
Creag Tharsuinn from further up forestry road halfway round the long lefthand curve. The start is 100 metres back down the road.

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