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Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!


Postby Bod » Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:19 pm

Route description: Sgurr an Fhidhleir - the Fiddler

Grahams included on this walk: Sgurr an Fhidhleir

Date walked: 11/04/2016

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 9.03 km

Ascent: 767m

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One of our best days ever in the hills of Coigach just north of Ullapool. After three nights away in the van, two based at the WH Gairloch Spring Meet with very special hillwalking friends, then one based at Ardmair Point just below the Coigach we were gifted with an incredibly special Monday :D :D :D :D :D
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Approaching Coigach and Inverpolly Forest :)
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Several miles round now at the road end past Achiltibuie .....
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Views across the entrance to Loch Broom and southwards over to An Teallach. Our plan had been to climb up onto Ben More Coigach, but gusts of wind were unsettling us a little, particularly Valerie who was feeling less well rooted than my good hefty self LOL
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The west ridge of Ben More Coigach, our original plan, but left for another day due to high gusting winds. A great reason to make a return visit :) :) :)
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Shelter sought in this beautiful Allt nan Coisiche .... Stayed here for more than a few minutes ..... you can see why! Though when standing back up again and spinning on the spot, I knocked Valerie's phone clean out of her grip smashing it's screen on the rocks. Fortunately it was already overdue for renewal and it still worked despite a thousand cracks .... mattered not a jot really after the peace and joy experienced here in this unique sheltered stream.
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The northwest facing side of Ben More Coigach ...
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Very fine views across the sea with the Summer Isles patterned below .... always drawing the eye from every angle :)
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Almost up now onto Sgurr an Fhidhleir, first summit of the day (originally planned as second), but anticipation growing at this point as a big reward for our efforts was still to behold despite missing out BM Coigach for another day ....
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Wonderful vistas appear across the lochs, mountains and the sea .... :) :) :)
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Inverpolly National Nature Reserve and the Hills of Assynt :) :) :)
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A summit platform or stage if ever there was one ... so deserving of a return trip or two :)
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The glorious northwest of Scotland!!!
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The howling gusts even relaxed for us here, though great care was required with securing possessions and selfs ...
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Feeling "no bad", to put it lightly :) :) :)
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Wondrous Stac Pollaidh and Mighty Suilven !!!
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One of the world's most amazing playgrounds :)
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A glance backwards (one of many) to where we had been, Sgurr an Fhidhleir :)
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Valerie definitely enjoying her day out, now on top of Beinn Caorach :) :) :)
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The ferry returning from Stornoway in to Loch Broom and Ullapool :)
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Careful dropping off now to where Hector was parked in Culnacraig.
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Final small challenges of a spectacular day :)
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On the road home now for the night, looking again at Sgurr an Fhidhleir standing proud towards its east side. We were soon enjoying a fireside bar meal and a special treat staying in a lovely wee B&B harbour side in Ullapool :)
Last edited by Bod on Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:56 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Postby The Rodmiester » Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:44 pm

That looks stunning, I guess beside the Allt nan Coisiche would be too wet for a wild camp Bod? And to think we are up there again in July, cannot come soon enough :D :D
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Re: Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Postby malky_c » Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:52 pm

A highlight of the area, along with Beinn Mhor Coigach, for sure. Top photos :D
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Re: Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Postby Bod » Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:34 pm

The Rodmiester wrote:That looks stunning, I guess beside the Allt nan Coisiche would be too wet for a wild camp Bod? And to think we are up there again in July, cannot come soon enough :D :D


Hi Rod,
Wild camping up there would be great (dooterbang has done it on the summit), as for lower on the burn, spaces are limited, but worth a look. Not obvious though, but can't wait to hear how you get on :D :D :wink:
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Re: Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Postby mgmt! » Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:22 pm

fantastic pictures Bod, waiting for a day like you had to tackle the classic Direct Nose Route, think your last picture shows its profile perfectly.
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Re: Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Postby jupe1407 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:41 pm

Nice one Bod, great read and cracking photos :D
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Re: Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Postby dogplodder » Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:38 am

We were just across from you on Beinn Ghobhlach. After reading your report this one's now on the short list! :D
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Re: Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Postby Bod » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:41 pm

Cheers jupe1407, we really enjoyed this one :D
Thanks too dogplodder, we were looking closely over to Beinn Ghobhlach the following day ... short listed too :D
And mgmt.! Direct nose on the Fhidhleir sounds fascinating, can't wait to hear more :D :D :D
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Re: Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:49 pm

Beautiful views, great area and great photos ! :clap: :clap: :clap:
I was often reading your older reports - l like them, nice to see your recent one now and you back in the mountains :thumbup:
All the best
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Re: Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Postby BobMcBob » Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:53 pm

I just love reading reports from that corner of the world, need to get up there more often. Now I have another hill on my list thanks to this :)
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Re: Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Postby Bod » Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:13 pm

Petr Dakota wrote:Beautiful views, great area and great photos ! :clap: :clap: :clap:
I was often reading your older reports - l like them, nice to see your recent one now and you back in the mountains :thumbup:
All the best
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Thanks Petr, kind words! I will need to get another report written soon LOL :D :D :D
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Re: Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Postby Gordie12 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:42 pm

Wow Bod, just wow :D :D :D
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Postby ancancha » Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:19 pm

Some of that does look awesome 8)
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Re: Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Postby Alteknacker » Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:31 pm

Definitely one of the very best, not only in itself but the views it affords of Assynt are just spectacular! And you got some great pics there.

Just a pity it's such a long way to drive... :(

But I will get there! SP and Suilven - and now Sgurr na Fhidhleir - are high up the "to do" list.
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Re: Sgurr na Fhidhleir, one of the very best!

Postby Jaxter » Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:37 am

Wow lucky lucky you, wish I could have stayed an extra day! Looks like so much fun and of course amazing pictures :clap:

Now wouldn't it be great if someone organised a meet up there for an excuse to go back :shock: oh wait.... :D :lol:
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