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A great weekend inGlenfinnan 1

PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:35 am
by bootsandpaddles

Just before you get to Glenfinnan on the A830 the road goes under a railway bridge. About 300m after this there is a turning on the left – not signposted, easy to miss – that leads over a bridge to a small car park. We turned right out of the car park and along a forest road towards Loch Shiel. After just over 2km the track swings round to the left and follows the loch side: another path leads towards to Glenfinnan.
Looking towards Glenfinnan
All of a sudden Katie’s face lit up :D : she had spotted the rocky ridge of Meall a Choire Chruinn.
Meall a' Choire Chruinn
In her haste to get to the bottom of the ridge she launched off into a bog – stupid-like I followed :crazy: . Eventually we decided to return to the road and crossed the Allt Coire Ghuibhsachain by the bridge that is clearly marked on the map :roll: . The rocky crags higher up provided some entertaining scrambling :clap: but could be avoided on the right – but why would you want to do that?
enjoying some scrambling
Loch Shiel
The scrambling opportunities continued almost to the summit of Sgurr Ghuibhsachain.
she wouldn't wave to me!
We sat at the cairn for a while picking out hills for future expeditions – there are an awful lot of Corbetts in this area – before going down steep rocky slopes and along past a lochan to Sgorr Craobh a’ Chaorainn.
Glen Cona
Sgorr Craobh a'Chaorainn
Katie took the direct approached and scrambled up some slabs to the summit and I went round to the left where another short scramble led to grassy slopes and the summit cairn. From there we dropped down N along the ridge to Sgorr nan Cearc, contouring round Meall Doire na Mnatha. Then headed for the buildings at Callop, a very boggy descent and quite hard going. :cry: Try to find an alternative! Such as going over Meall na Cuartaige.
Once we got to the track a short walk saw us back at the car park. We sat in the sun reading the paper for an hour :thumbup: or so before putting up the tent on a nice patch of grass near the river.

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Re: A great weekend inGlenfinnan 1

PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:52 am
by malky_c
Good to see a report on these hills. Looks like you had a good day on them. I remember doing Sgurr Ghuibhsachain with my dad and sister when I was about 15 - they avoided the scrambly bits, while I managed to get stuck on a slab somewhere! Seem to remember there was a very prominent vertical finger of rock nearby.

For some reason we missed out Sgorr Craobh a’ Chaorainn, descending the glen to the east instead. Something I will never forgive my dad for!

Re: A great weekend inGlenfinnan 1

PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:50 pm
by magicdin
That ridge looks a great way up. :thumbup:
When I did these hills they were felling trees so I could'nt walk around the corner.
Ended up walking up past Callop and up the Meall na Cuartaige ridge.
Two nice hills mind you.