Sunshine and Showers on the Western Fannaichs
by dav2930 » Mon May 30, 2016 10:07 pm
Route description: Sgurr Breac and A'Chailleach, near Braemore
Munros included on this walk: A' Chailleach, Sgurr Breac
Date walked: 22/05/2016
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 18 km
Ascent: 1130mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
This, my first walk of the trip, was something of a bonus since the forecast had not been good for that day (Sunday). The long drive up from Cumbria on the preceding Saturday, under grey skies and through heavy rain, did nothing to offer encouragement - until, that is, I was crossing the bridge over the Moray Firth, whereupon the sun broke through and the cloud rapidly dispersed to give a fine late afternoon and evening.
I didn't want to get too knackered as I had Monday (good forecast) earmarked for the Beinn Dearg four. So I thought the two most westerly of the Fannaichs, Sgurr Breac and A' Chailleach, might fit the bill as a nice warm-up, which indeed they did.
I based my choice of route for these two on the Walkhighlands walk, but decided to approach Sgurr Breac via the Allt Breabaig so as to ascend its east ridge, which looked interesting on the map and turned out to be delightful. I also decided to return via the Sron na Leitir Fhearna, thereby avoiding the 'exceptionally boggy' ground along the shore of Loch a' Bhraoin.
The only disadvantage of this variant, apart from being slightly longer, is that the Allt Breabaig has to be crossed at some point; but a distinct path runs along the west bank far enough up the valley for this not to present a problem.
The parking spot just past the start of the Landrover track down to the eastern end of Loch a' Bhraoin was easily spotted. It was only about 6.40am when I arrived, but another car was already there. The two peaks were obscured by cloud, but the sun was shining and the sky generally clear. So I set off with a sense of optimism that did not prove misplaced as the day progressed.
After a couple of light showers crossing the intermediate top of Tomain Coinich, I was treated to warm sunshine and blue skies on the summit of A' Chailleach. The views were breathtaking. I was in no hurry so I found a sheltered spot to the north of the summit and sat down for a very long lunch break. I could happily have sat there for the rest of the afternoon.
It had been a thoroughly enjoyable walk and I was looking forward very much to Beinn Dearg and co. next day.
by litljortindan » Mon May 30, 2016 10:20 pm
by Alteknacker » Mon May 30, 2016 10:59 pm
by dav2930 » Tue May 31, 2016 11:08 pm
by dogplodder » Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:36 am
by simon-b » Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:22 pm
by dav2930 » Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:52 pm
dogplodder wrote:Lovely route this and great photos to prove it.
Thanks DP - I found this walk a real delight.
simon-b wrote:Looks like a decent day where you were, dav, at least better than it was further east where I had a day off. A good walk with some nice views.
Thanks Simon. Makes a change to be in the right place at the right time weatherwise!
I was looking at your report on the Ceathreamhnan trio - most impressive!