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Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn


Postby scottishkennyg » Wed Oct 07, 2015 7:05 pm

Munros included on this walk: Fionn Bheinn

Date walked: 01/10/2015

Time taken: 3.25 hours

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The weather had been fantastic all last week and I was grounded at work with no hope of a day off or a fly sickie. I had managed a short hangover walk up Am Faochagach on the Saturday but the cloud moved in so there were no blue skies to contrast the skyline. By Thursday I had had enough and decided to finish at 1600 and aim for a midweek after work sortie. I set off toward Ben Wyvis and made good time then decided to turn left and continue out to the isolated munro at Achnasheen Fionn Bheinn which does not get the best reviews but surely things would be different with a view. It would be great to see the Torridon giants with sun on their backs.

I arrived at the wee car park at 1700, after some lead foot driving!! and quickly got organised. I decided to go with wearing shorts although it was a bit windy. I tossed some gear out the rucksack and packed my decent camera and tripod optimistically aiming for some shots of the sunset. I was off and moving in no time.

There is a well laid path to follow all the way up to a wee water works. The sky was clear but the wind was up and I regretted not putting on trousers as I gained height. I did not bother taking any shots on the ascent route as it is pretty straightforward and well documented. After crossing the small dam using the shiny steel wire to avoid a fall I followed the stream uphill. This would be a good navigation bearing for the descent when it got dark. The going underfoot was good and not as gloopy as experienced on the last visit. I noticed that the shadows were getting longer and that the wee hill Meal a Chaorainn was blocking the sun so it was difficult to see how low it really was.

Soon I arrived at the summit ridge and the views began to emerge. I had been tramping as I was anxious not to miss the sunset money shots. I arrived at the trig point about 1820 and settled in for the views. I set up the tripod and just snapped away. It was cold in the biting wind and I had to admit defeat and don the waterproof trousers and prism jacket. I enjoyed a wee packet of crisps, a flake and a can of coke before getting down to seeing what the sunset would bring.
I hope that the selection of photographs narrate the scene that I was fortunate enough to enjoy.
First views over to the start of the Fannichs
ImageFionnBheinnSunset by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
Mid section of Fannichs
ImageFionnBheinnSunset by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
Up to Fisherfield
ImageFionnBheinnSunset by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
Loch Fada and Slioch
ImageFionnBheinnSunset by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Over to Liathach and Loch Torridon
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Beinn Eighe
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Liathach and Beinn Eighe
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Down Torridon Way
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Sun going down over Beinn Eighe
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

ImageFionnBheinnSunset by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Back over to Inverness
ImageFionnBheinnSunset by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Over toward Fisherfield
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Sleeping Giants of Liathach and Beinn Eighe
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Slioch with an aura
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Start of descent back over to Liathach
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Clouds creeping up from Lochcarron side
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Another stop to have a look back over Torridon
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

More clouds muffling the contours of the local hills
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

The big giants aslumber
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Clouds getting nearer
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

Over to Beinn Eighe again..
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

The last snap before the lights went down on a great outing.
ImageSunsetfromFionnBheinn by scottishkennyg, on Flickr

I headed off at a rapid pace and descended easy slopes to reach the wee water works before it became pitch black. The lights from the roundabout at Achnasheen provided an excellent aid and the sound terrain made it an easy descent to the car at 2015 to end a memorable sunset experience.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the views in the photgraphs.
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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby rockhopper » Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:01 pm

Nice sunset :thumbup: well worth finishing early for it - must be great to have this so nearby - cheers :)
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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby dav2930 » Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:10 pm

Amazing sunset shots. :clap:
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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby litljortindan » Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:53 pm

Great pictures. Sunset never just guaranteed to be quite so much of a spectacle so you must have been pleased with all that the cloud was doing but also those sharp shadow edges on the first picture are very striking.
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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby malky_c » Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:01 pm

Some of the best sunset photos I've seen recently 8) . I was out a little closer to Inverness but as usual I set off too late and missed the best photography opportunities. Still great to be out though.
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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby Silverhill » Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:54 pm

Wow, stunning pictures of amazing clarity, lucky you! :D
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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby Collaciotach » Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:05 pm

10/10 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby wilkiemurray » Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:52 am

Great shots of the sunset - looked like a memorable day :)

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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby scottishkennyg » Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:49 pm

rockhopper wrote:Nice sunset :thumbup: well worth finishing early for it - must be great to have this so nearby - cheers :)

Thanks Neil, yes , we are very fortunate to have so many hills so close to home. Cheers Kenny
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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby scottishkennyg » Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:50 pm

dav2930 wrote:Amazing sunset shots. :clap:


Thanks dav2930, cheers Kenny
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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby scottishkennyg » Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:52 pm

[quote="litljortindan"]

Thanks Lj, yes absolutely, just wish I had taken a time lapse to capture the whole experience..hopefully the next time..Cheers Kenny
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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby scottishkennyg » Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:56 pm

[quote="malky_c"]

Thanks Malky, yes absolutely, like you, just being able to get out and enjoy some of that great weather was sound. Cheers Kenny
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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby scottishkennyg » Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:58 pm

Silverhill wrote:Wow, stunning pictures of amazing clarity, lucky you! :D

Thanks SH, I was very fortunate this time that everything stayed clear for the time I was on the top. Cheers Kenny
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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby scottishkennyg » Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:00 pm

Collaciotach wrote:10/10 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:


Thanks Colla, very high praise..still not as good as the shots you were able to capture in Fisherfield. Cheers Kenny
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Re: Sunset over the Torridon Giants from Fionn Bheinn

Postby scottishkennyg » Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:02 pm

wilkiemurray wrote:Great shots of the sunset - looked like a memorable day :)

ATB

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Thanks WM, good to see another recent post from you too..cheers Kenny
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