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No Tea on Ben Tee today

No Tea on Ben Tee today


Postby mountain thyme » Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:24 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Tee

Date walked: 17/10/2015

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 9.16 km

Ascent: 901m

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Started the walk from Kilfinnan, which is signposted just after the Laggan Swing Bridge on the left. We drove up the public road and parked just before a small bridge, where there is room for 4 or 5 cars. There were a few cars and a motor bike there already. Most folk were heading for the 2 Loch Lochy munros, with one lady and her dog heading for the Corbett.
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Start of walk

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Start

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Start

We followed a faint path which runs alongside the northeast side of the Kilfinnan Burn. The path heads to the Kilfinnan Falls. This is nice wee walk through some trees.
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Heading to Kilfinnan Falls

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Towards Loch Lochy

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Towards the Falls

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The path to the falls

We reached the Falls in no time. After a few pictures of the Kilfinnan falls, we retraced our steps for about 30 metres and then headed north over some heathery ground.
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Kilfinnan Falls

There is no path here and the going is extremely steep, to say the least. We were vertical and pulling onto the heather to gain height with walking poles being pointless at this stage.
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the blooming heather. Was getting shouted at for the steepness :(

After about 10 minutes climbing throught the heather we picked up a faint path heading west to reach a fence. Here Ben Tee comes into sight.
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Ben Tee in sight

Once at the fence, we followed it north towards a stile.
We both climbed over the stile and then turned around to see a break in the fence. .
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over the stile

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through the fence :)

We headed west north west over grassy and heathery ground. It was a warm and dry day and therefore the terrain wasnt too boggy. The going was pretty straight forward as we headed straight for Ben Tee.
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Over towards Meall a Choire Ghlais

As we made our way up towards the ridge we picked up a path and followed this north west. It becomes slightly rocky as we make our way towards Ben Tee.
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Looking back down the rocky outcrops when reaching the summit

Just before the summit we stopped to speak to the lady and her dog. She was from Belgium originally and on her 2nd round of munros and half way through her corbetts. We chatted for over 20 minutes. She had came the same way as us and felt the climb from the falls extremely hard going.
We then continued following a path which heads east around the top of the hill and north to the summit of Ben Tee.
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Summit of Ben Tee

We sit at the cairn for a good 20- 30 minutes taking in the views. The views over to Kintail were fabulous and Ben Nevis was cloud free.
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Trying to master a pose

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No Tea here today, but a wee nip of voddy instead taking in the scenery on a spectacular day. After a bite to eat we retrace our steps back to the stile/ fence.

Rather than heading down towards the falls, we followed a good path south east. The path is good going and desends through some huge ferns as it heads back down towards the road. Views towards Loch Lochy andtowards Loch Ness was stunning.
This path back down is the one that’s recommended to take when ascending the hill and descending the hill.
Lots of stops, chats and pictures seen us taking 5 hours on the hill.

Back to Glencoe and for a few refreshments in the Clachaig
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The Pap at Glencoe
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Re: No Tea on Ben Tee today

Postby Sunset tripper » Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:35 am

Cracking pictures mountain thyme. The weather looks brilliant. I like that area and I have also climbed up that steep slope from Kilfinnan Falls. These were some of my first hills many moons ago. I once went up Ben Tee starting from Whitebridge near Invergarry. Apparently there was a guy from Invergarry had a visitors book in the cairn of the nearest munro to Ben Tee though ive never found it. Someone told me he had over a thousand ascents of that three hills :shock:
Always great views over Loch Lochy on a clear day and the only place Ive ever seen a wildcat which was actually on the Great Glen way near Clunes.
Cheers for posting :D
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Re: No Tea on Ben Tee today

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:00 am

My My that was an adventurous way to go think I'll miss the falls bit think that gradient would be too much for the old legs :lol: :lol: Your way down appeals though :D and thank's for mentioning the hole in the fence will keep my eye out for that as Black Panther had highlighted the dangerous state of the stile you crossed. It looks an easy hill with good views, You certainly picked a good day for it and obviously did not hurry, but just enjoyed yourselves. I see on your picture 'Looking back from the rocky outcrops' you can clearly see the Hump we climbed in atrocious weather last year at the AMC meet at Invergarry when we walked from the hostel toMeall nan Rudhag, it is the small rocky lump just left of centre surrounded by trees :) Hopefully this one will be knocked off on Friday 4th December. Ta for posting :wink: :D
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Re: No Tea on Ben Tee today

Postby BlackPanther » Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:37 am

Aa... the infamous wonky stile is mentioned again :wink:
Lovely views from the summit, I was unlucky with lingering cloud but this is a hill worth repeating, so nothing lost. But I will definitely avoid the ascent from Kilfinnian Falls!
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Re: No Tea on Ben Tee today

Postby Graeme D » Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:28 pm

It's a great hill that one T! I have very fond memories of it, doing it first on a round that also included the two Munros. I got the best part of the day weather wise on the Corbett. 8)
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Re: No Tea on Ben Tee today

Postby mountain thyme » Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:29 pm

Sunset tripper wrote:Cracking pictures mountain thyme. The weather looks brilliant. I like that area and I have also climbed up that steep slope from Kilfinnan Falls. These were some of my first hills many moons ago. I once went up Ben Tee starting from Whitebridge near Invergarry. Apparently there was a guy from Invergarry had a visitors book in the cairn of the nearest munro to Ben Tee though ive never found it. Someone told me he had over a thousand ascents of that three hills :shock:
Always great views over Loch Lochy on a clear day and the only place Ive ever seen a wildcat which was actually on the Great Glen way near Clunes.
Cheers for posting :D


Cheers Sunset Tripper. The weather was cracking and a cracking wee hills too :D

The Rodmiester wrote:My My that was an adventurous way to go think I'll miss the falls bit think that gradient would be too much for the old legs :lol: :lol: Ta for posting :wink: :D


I was going to mention that the gradient would probably be toooo much for you :lol:

BlackPanther wrote:Aa... the infamous wonky stile is mentioned again :wink:
Lovely views from the summit, I was unlucky with lingering cloud but this is a hill worth repeating, so nothing lost. But I will definitely avoid the ascent from Kilfinnian Falls!


Cracking views from the summit BP. Just wish i had a good camera :(

Graeme D wrote:It's a great hill that one T! I have very fond memories of it, doing it first on a round that also included the two Munros. I got the best part of the day weather wise on the Corbett. 8)


Tis indeed a great corbett Graeme. Hopefully there will be a good few more decent corbetts next weekend :D
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Re: No Tea on Ben Tee today

Postby dogplodder » Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:29 pm

Great views from this hill - but brings back mixed memories as this is where pal broke ankle! :shock:
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Re: No Tea on Ben Tee today

Postby Beaner001 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:06 pm

Looks a fine wee Corbett that one, would like to give Graeme D's route with the two Munros a shot I think.......
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Re: No Tea on Ben Tee today

Postby spiderwebb » Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:31 pm

Nice one T, looks a cracker :D Least you didn't have to lift 5 Springers over any fences :lol:

Beaner001 wrote:Looks a fine wee Corbett that one, would like to give Graeme D's route with the two Munros a shot I think.......
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Easy does it Matt :D
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