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Slioch - Nice and simple perfection

Slioch - Nice and simple perfection


Postby malky_c » Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:20 pm

Route description: Slioch, near Kinlochewe

Munros included on this walk: Slioch

Date walked: 01/10/2016

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 18.5 km

Ascent: 1220m

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Munros: Slioch.
Date: 01/10/2016.
Distance: 18.5km.
Ascent: 1220m.
Time: 7 hours, 30 minutes.
Weather: Sunny, calm clear.

An easy report to write this - just a great Autumn day out on a hill that I've neglected for too long. I was last up Slioch in 2001 - quite pathetic considering how accessible it is for me. But I had long harboured a notion of going up it again in perfect weather, and the forecast finally looked right. Gregor also joined me.


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We left Inverness just after 9, and were setting off an hour later from the car park in Incheril, the walk-in to Loch Maree offering plenty of time to enjoy the colours and scenery before having to start the ascent.

Eastern end of Beinn Eighe
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Loch Maree:
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Slioch and Sgurr Dubh:
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Abhainn an Fhasaigh:
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After crossing the bridge over the Abhainn Fhasaigh, it was a right turn onto boggier ground, and the gradual climb up towards Coire na Sleaghaich, which was quite sweaty in the sunshine. I had decided we should include Sgurr Dubh instead of following the path up into the corrie, as there would be better views of Loch Maree. Steep heather had us on top before long - well worth it.

Heading up Sgurr Dubh:
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Fannaichs and an interesting lump of moraine:
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Trousers on today for some reason:
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Slioch from Sgurr Dubh:
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A stroll over the intervening bumps took us to the last steep ascent before the summit.

Lochan on the ridge:
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Western Isles visible beyond Torridon:
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Fantastic views over Loch Maree and Fisherfield from the top. I thought it had been a little on the hazy side, but Lewis down to North Uist were clearly visible on the horizon. Sadly a cloud moved in over the sun for our summit lunch stop, so it was actually quite chilly. Perhaps it was good I had put trousers on as we were in no hurry to leave.

Loch Maree:
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Loch Garbhaig and A’ Mhaighean:
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Beinn Lair and A’ Mhaighean:
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An Teallach:
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Loch a’ Bhraoin and Beinn Dearg:
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South and North Harris – Beinn Dubh and Clisham:
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Eventually we did leave, heading towards Sgurr an Tuill Bhain. We caught up a group of 4 on top then dropped back into Coire na Sleaghaich. Perhaps we should have kept further east here to see right down into Gleann Bianasdail, but our more direct route was OK. I suggested a continuation over Beinn a' Mhuinnidh to Gregor, but he was happy enough with just Slioch. So was I to be honest - it was nice to keep things simple.

An Teallach across Lochan Fada:
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Beinn Tarsuinn and Mullach Coire Mhic Fharchair:
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Slioch and Beinn Airigh Charr from Sgurr an Tuill Bhain:
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East from Sgurr an Tuill Bhain:
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Coire na Sleaghaich:
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The walk-out seemed to take longer than the walk-in, but with the sun still out, it was pleasantly enjoyable.

Beinn a’ Mhunnidh:
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Abhainn an Fhasaigh:
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Back to Slioch:
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Beinn a’ Mhunnidh:
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Beinn a’ Mhunnidh waterfall:
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All that was required to end a successful day was a pint or two, so we called into the Kinlochewe Hotel, where they had a pretty good selection of beer on tap. I would like to have stayed there longer, but driving home meant limiting myself to one pint. It was easy enough to carry on the drinking theme back in the Castle Tavern in Inverness though, which is what we did.
Last edited by malky_c on Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Slioch - Nice and simple perfection

Postby weaselmaster » Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:29 pm

A fine day for it, Malky. It's a great viewpoint for the Fisherfields, captured well in your pictures
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Re: Slioch - Nice and simple perfection

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:15 pm

A fine hill :clap: :clap:
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Re: Slioch - Nice and simple perfection

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:35 am

Yep, perfect hill day yesterday. Great views. We were in Torridon, too, enjoying the sunshine... As for Slioch, we should really repeat it as well, we didn't have good weather on our first ascent (cold, windy, very gray). I also fancy Beinn a’ Mhunnidh though it looks very steep.
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Re: Slioch - Nice and simple perfection

Postby dogplodder » Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:06 pm

Fabulous day you got. Must go back on a day like that. 8)
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Re: Slioch - Nice and simple perfection

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:34 pm

Just beautiful :D
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Re: Slioch - Nice and simple perfection

Postby simon-b » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:46 pm

A classic route, Malky. Great views all round. I was lucky enough to get this one on a clear day too. So it's good to see your photos and be reminded of how good it is.
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Re: Slioch - Nice and simple perfection

Postby JEfoundmybootsagain » Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:49 am

Cracking foties and lovely weather. Going to Gairloch this weekend and hoping for the same as planning on Slioch.
Looking at your pics makes me even more convinced that this will be a good one. Some of the other hills in area may be too stony for my dog but Slioch will be grand.
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Re: Slioch - Nice and simple perfection

Postby jacob » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:53 pm

This one's on my to do list for my next annual visit, you've wetted my appetite even more. Great photos of a majestic hill that in real life I've only seen from the road. Can't wait till April/May :D
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Re: Slioch - Nice and simple perfection

Postby Jaxter » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:44 am

I've been trying to read this all week but for some reason scotrail wifi wouldn't let me load your photos and it seemed a shame to read without. Definitely worth the wait - wow!! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Slioch - Nice and simple perfection

Postby litljortindan » Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:28 pm

First thought on seeing this was who are you and what have you done with the real malky_c? I mean trousers and not even a hint of drizzle.
Amazing weather and views though. Whoever you are.
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