Beinn Fhionnlaidh's hidden valley
by jmarkb » Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:22 pm
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Fhionnlaidh
Date walked: 14/02/2016
Time taken: 6.75 hours
Distance: 15.5 km
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We set of from Elleric, turned left at Glenure House, and then right up a short piece of track that ends at the top of the woods. The start of the old stalkers' path is reasonably obvious, but it soon fades out: looking at the 1:25k map we actually kept a bit too low near the burn, but the going is easy enough. Further on, we picked up the path again just before it passes through a small col. It then loses a little height and traverses above the Allt Bealach na h-Innsig for a while until meeting the burn at a lovely hidden meadow. We followed the burn past a higher meadow and then its left branch until the ground opens out at around 500m. There's no real path other than some deer tracks, but the going is generally good. We then took a rising line to join the east ridge of Beinn Fhionnlaidh at the obvious col. From here there's a nice section of ridge with a couple of wee rocky steps leading to the summit (in common with the Glen Etive route).
After a sunny sheltered lunch stop, we headed off down the normal west ridge route back to Elleric. As you can see from the photos, we were just of the edge of clear skies to the south west and cloudier weather to the north, with shafts of light briefly picking out the various summits. I'd recommend this as the nicest way of doing this hill: it would also give access to the scramble on the south face - one to come back for in summer time!
View to Mull from the stalker's path
The first meadow
Looking back down the hidden valley
Approaching the col
Unusual patterns in the snow
Approaching the summit
The west ridge
Sgorr a' Choise
Glas Bheinn Mhor
Snow shower over Loch Creran
Stone Age Scousers nicked my wheels....
by katyhills » Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:31 pm
by IanEzzi » Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:56 pm
That said it always rewards with the views in the winter, and your route and the glen on the other side would probably be great alternatives, so maybe I can revisit another couple of times
by jmarkb » Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:19 pm
katyhills wrote:Lovely report and great pix - love the one of Glas Bheinn Mhor in particular, but they're all terrific. I didn't see much from the summit when I did this hill some years ago [ too much clag] so thanks for those great views
Thanks Katy, you're very welcome!
IanEzzi wrote: so maybe I can revisit another couple of times
I was surprised how much I enjoyed it, but a decent winter day certainly helps!
by Phil the Hill » Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:16 pm
by dogplodder » Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:14 pm
by basscadet » Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:59 am
by jmarkb » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:30 pm
dogplodder wrote:Not done this one so your report will come in handy some time soon hopefully. Your photos are wonderful.
Thanks! Hope you get a decent day for it....
basscadet wrote:The hidden valley looked a lot nicer in your pics than mine - there is a wee scramble you can do to the summit from there, which we got a really damp day for!
Saw your report after we did it - looks like the scramble would be good when dry!
by HalfManHalfTitanium » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:38 pm
Looks like the perfect winter's day on the hill.
by Peter Finlay » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:45 pm
I found you through your post about Corrie Church. Seems you were in Annat as a child around when I was minister in that church (1973 - 78). Great to have all these old Torrridon photos and the one of Donnie Merchant's shop. You remembered and described it perfectly, and it must have seemed, just as you say - 'like something from a bygone era' - to a boy from Edinburgh! I was often in it chatting to that lovely old highland gentleman.
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by ancancha » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:55 pm
Stone Age Scousers nicked my wheels..
Probably a weegie, Scousers didn't get that far north until the bronze age
Nice photos jmarkb
by jmarkb » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:27 pm
Peter Finlay wrote:I climbed Beinn Fhionnlaidh in1997 when my son Hamish was 3 and I scratched with a small stone his initials on the summit cairn!
Hi Peter, that's a lovely story and a nice wee video!
Peter Finlay wrote:I found you through your post about Corrie Church. Seems you were in Annat as a child around when I was minister in that church (1973 - 78). Great to have all these old Torridon photos and the one of Donnie Merchant's shop. You remembered and described it perfectly, and it must have seemed, just as you say - 'like something from a bygone era' - to a boy from Edinburgh! I was often in it chatting to that lovely old highland gentleman.
Yes, it would have been at the same time - I think our first holiday up there would have been in 1973, when I was 7, and we returned several times in the following few years. I enjoyed reading your stories very much on the other thread.
Our favourite camping spot was in a little pull-off just east of Shieldaig overlooking Ob Mheallaidh (it's still there, but the entrance is blocked off with boulders), and I absolutely fell in love with the area that first time. My first 3000ft hill was Tom na Gruagaich, though it was only later promoted to Munro status.
I do remember the shop as being full of all manner of things, and I also remember a American couple coming into the shop declaring loudly "We need some bug spray!", which raised a quiet smile from Mr Mackenzie!
ancancha wrote:Probably a weegie, Scousers didn't get that far north until the bronze age
Nice photos jmarkb