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Perfect Autumn Day in Glen Elchaig

Perfect Autumn Day in Glen Elchaig

Postby maninblack » Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:28 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Sguman Coinntich

Date walked: 21/10/2016

Time taken: 6.25 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 870m

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The highlight of a couple of days staying at the Dornie Inn was this walk up Sguman Coinntich. Perfect Autumn colours, fieldfares and redwings feeding on the abundance of rowan berries, and many, many deer on the hill, especially in the valley between Sguman Coinntich and Ben Killilan.

(The entry on the Heading for the Scottish Hills website - http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/Practical-guide/public/heading-for-the-scottish-hills - indicated that stalking here finishes on 20th October - walk date was the 21st. It does in any case say that access via main paths and ridges is never a problem. I wish all estates provided such helpful information)

On the ridge just below the summit.

Looking towards Skye.

The strangely eroded trig point.


Looking back to the bealach between Sguman Coinntich and Ben Killilan.


This was the point at which we left the ridge, and headed south towards a stalkers path down the valley. Unfortunately, this path has been rather churned up by vehicles - presumably carrying materials up to the new construction on the summit ridge - a concrete block complete with solar panel and small wind turbine. (Sorry no picture).

Where we parked.

This is where we parked - just before the bridge, as suggested in the SMC Corbetts guide. However, there is a new car park a little further along the road. We were reluctant to park in it, as there is a gate, and we have had previous experience of finding ourselves the wrong side of a locked gate (on Christmas Day too!). But apparently it is OK to park in the new place. I must say that the farm is one of the cleanest and tidiest I have ever seen, and the one estate worker we saw gave us a cheery wave.

All in all, a great day out.
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