Quinag: the Three Ronnies
by 2manyYorkies » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:21 pm
Route description: Quinag: three Corbetts
Corbetts included on this walk: Quinag - Sail Gharbh, Quinag - Sail Gorm, Quinag - Spidean Coinich
Date walked: 01/08/2016
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 14 km
Ascent: 1130m10 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Our group consisted of my son Alex, Lynne (Callandergirl), Hugh (Borderhugh), the dog Maisie and me, and the decision was to do Quinag, but having been initially beaten back by yet more rain in the morning, the start was delayed until nearly midday. No more than a few minutes drive up the road from the lodge (emphasis on the "up" - you start about 240m to the good ...), we parked the car and sent off. The path starts across the road from the small (and easily missed) car park, and there is even an instruction manual for the hill (good old JMT).
After about 300 metres the path forks and the WH route goes sharp left, up onto the wide eastern flank of the first Corbett summit, Spidean Coinich:
Hugh going a bit off piste, Loch Assynt behind:
Looking north across to Sail Gharbh, which would be the final summit of the day:
On a small top (probably a Bryan), point 620 on the map, on the way up, Lynne looking a tad mafioso:
A reasonable path works it's way up from the top at 620m, onto the clag-bound summit:
Obligatory summit self-timer snap:
Luckily this was to be the only view point of the day which was spoilt by the clag, but we had a little spot of fun looking for the onwards path; there are some fearsome drops to the north-east, and the path down starts on the south-west edge of the small summit plateau, and gives a wonderful airy (at times) descent down the ridge to Bealach a Chornaidh.
Start of the descent off Spidean Coinich:
Looking back to Spidean Coinich, obviously now out of clag:
This quite a rollercoaster of a walk, as well as the three Ronnie Corbett summits (each with minimum 500 feet prominence by definition!), there are significant other tops to clamber over, notably point 714 (just where it says Quinag on the OS map), and the unnamed and un-heighted top coming up from Bealach a Chornaidh, about 740m in height. This top forms the junction of ridges from all three Corbett summits, but only has to be summited once, and has fantastic views in all directions:
Un-named top with second Corbett, Sail Ghorm, in the distance:
Looking back to Spidean Coinich:
Sail Ghorm with bumps in foreground:
NNE to the Kylesku Bridge:
There now starts a hike of about a mile to the summit of Sail Ghorm, Corbettt no.2, made interesting by the presence of a couple of minor bumps and some spectacular views to the south and west.
Suilven, rather coyly showing a bit of itself to us, with poseur in the foreground:
Onwards to Sail Ghorm:
Loch Glencoul to the north-east:
Finally on the summit of Sail Ghorm, didn't quite make it round in time for the shot!
The final leg to the third Corbett summit laid out clearly, it involved re-ascending almost all the way to point 740m, the path peeling off to Sail Garbh at about the 700m mark. This was actually no problem, a bit of mild scrambling to entertain, and all counting to the final ascent.
Knobbly bits to re-ascend:
Suilven almost free of cloud now:
Easy scrambling, even for a small Border Terrier:
Final climb up to the summit of Sail Gharbh:
Looking south-east, Loch Assynt with the white buildings of Inchnadamph Lodge (or what remained of it after the WH meet...), on the right of picture. The Munro Conival still hiding beneath a thin layer of cloud on the left of picture:
The ridge from Sail Ghorm looking moody:
Spidean Coinich, our first summit of the day, basking in the early evening sun:
On our way back down. After initially following the ascent path for about 500 metres, the descent path splits off to the south (left), to wend its way into the lower slopes of Bealach a Chornaidh.
Spidean Coinich with Suilven behind:
Out to sea beyond the Sail Ghorm ridge:
Spidean Coinich from the bealach:
Homeward bound with Conival and (just) Ben More Assynt in the distance:
And the seductive promise of glorious hills even further north; Arkle, Foinaven perhaps?
Conival, with Ben More Assynt just revealing itself as the dark ridge in the distance:
Definitely in my current top ten of Scottish hill days. Just about the only place where three Corbett summits can be gained in a day without rupturing anything. The overall distance and ascent figures put it easily alongside most two-Munro days, but with so much interest all around. I enjoyed the later start, it gave us great light in the late afternoon for photos, so much to recommend it.
Finished off by fish and chips in Lochinver. I rest my case.
by The Rodmiester » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:34 pm
by Callandergirl » Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:06 pm
by Jaxter » Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:28 pm
by pollyh33 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:09 pm
You'll be glad I didn't come along or your few wee wisps of clag would have been the least of your worries!
Don't be a stranger north of the border please
by Borderhugh » Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:23 am
by Walk cycle » Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:40 pm
by 2manyYorkies » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:26 pm
pollyh33 wrote:Don't be a stranger north of the border please
As if that would ever happen! Apart from the occasional unforeseen wedding I'd be up there whenever humanly possible!
Walk cycle wrote:There is something about the quality of light during your walk that makes these photos incredible. Especially good is the photo captioned Knobbly bits... A great report and a stunning hill.
Thanks! There's definitely something to be said for the light at the end of the day (or the beginning for that matter). Usually we find ourselves on the tops during the middle of the day when the light is at it's flattest.
Jaxter wrote:Looks like a lovely day out J-Dawg You take a good photie Although are you sure that the cloud wasn't smoke from the ruins of Inchy? Assynt truly is wonderful
Ha! I think Inchnadamph lodge has just about recovered - but we'll have to there incognito in future! You've had a pretty good time in Assynt too by looks of it - a truly special place.
Callandergirl wrote:It was a great day on the hills wasn't it?
Indeed it was Lynne, made special by the excellent and inspirational company.
by roscoT » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:35 pm
by dogplodder » Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:01 pm