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Assynt from, near and afar

Assynt from, near and afar


Postby johnkaysleftleg » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:07 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Sgurr an Fhidhleir

Date walked: 29/05/2017

Distance: 8.5 km

Ascent: 710m

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For the Monday of a week in the North West Highlands, staying at Poolewe, we had decided upon the longish drive up to Assynt for the simple wander up Sgurr nan Fhidlier to enjoy the gobsmacking view from the summit. Before this however I had my own personal mission which was to fulfill a promise made to myself around 8 years ago when we last stayed in this part of the world. That promise was to witness the sunrise from the wonderful white sand beach at Mellon Udrigle.

With a promising forecast I set the alarm for an eye watering 3:30 A.M :crazy: and bumbled my way out of bed leaving a sleeping cottage behind. It was very soon apparent that I would not be wasting my time as the amount of vivid colour in the sky was astonishing for so early in the morning and very distracting. I did manage to keep my eyes on the road enough to safely complete the 20 minute drive and then made my way down onto the beach to be the only witness (as far as I could tell) to an astonishing riot of colour. So vivid where the colours that while processing the shots I had to de-saturate the images to make them look realistic.

ImageSymphony of Light by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageMellon Udrigle by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageEverlong by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageSuilven by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageThe Quinag by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageThe Coigach hills by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageBeinn Globhlach by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageThe Quinag, Suilven and Stac Polly by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageAnd a last shot of Suilven by Anthony Young, on Flickr

Around an hour after I had arrived the colour had ebbed way to leave a grey dawn so I drove back to Poolewe to catch forty winks before getting up for the second time in the same morning :shock: to make my way, this time with Nicola, Grace and Hughie, to the remote settlement of Culnacraig.

We turned up at the car park as the second car, seemingly upsetting the couple who had recently arrived before us presumably as they wouldn't had the hill to themselves for the day. Being led by an idiot, namely me, we set off after them along the intermittent trod in blissful ignorance of the fact this wasn't the correct route, in fact some would say it was even the wrong hill :lol: :oops: . By the time this became apparent too much height had been gained so rather than re-trace any steps a new plan was hatched to go over the subsidiary top of Beinn nan Caorach before heading to Sgurr na Fhidlier via the col.

ImageSpeicein nan Garbh-choireachan by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageLooking over to An Teallach by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageTowards Conmhaell by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageBen More Coigach by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageHughie exploring by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageWeathered Rocks by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageOut to Sea over Conmheall by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageStraggler by Anthony Young, on Flickr

As things turned out this was a most fortunate error as we found out coming down the direct route was somewhat dull in comparison to this way which was strewn with fascinating weathered rocks of all shapes and sizes. We had lunch on Beinn nan Caorach before dropping down and making the final steepish pull up to the summit.

Attempting to describe the view from the summit of this hill is pointless. I'm not sufficiently eloquent to convey the majesty so I'll let you look at the pictures and perhaps, if you've been fortunate enough relate to your memories.

ImageAssynt comes into view by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageSgurr an Fhidhler from Beinn nan Caorach by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageApproaching Sgurr na Fhidhleir by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageOn the way up by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageMore Weathered Rocks. by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageLooking North West up the ridge by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageAllmost at the top. by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageLooking Back in Time by Anthony Young, on Flickr (click on pic to see it bigger)

ImageGrace and Hughie by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageLooking back to Beinn nan Caorach by Anthony Young, on Flickr

The way down was nice and easy if a little rough at times on the lower slopes. Certainly it would have felt a bit of a trudge if we just did a there and back route.

ImageOn the way down by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageConmheall by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageCrossing a burn by Anthony Young, on Flickr

ImageCulnacraig by Anthony Young, on Flickr

The Coigach hills are amazing and having looked at images the route over the wonderful narrow ridge of Speicein nan Garbh-choireachan a return to this wonderland would be most welcome at some time in the future.


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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby inca » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:35 pm

Wow. Fabulous photos of one of favourite parts of the country. The seascape shots are stunning and well worth the early start :clap: :clap:
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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby Alteknacker » Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:18 pm

As you suggest, no words can do justice to the environment (and the pics - quite superb) :clap: :clap: :clap: . Wonderful stuff!
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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby wilkiemurray » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:38 am

wow - what an amazing sunrise , and amazing photos-superb
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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:41 am

inca wrote:Wow. Fabulous photos of one of favourite parts of the country. The seascape shots are stunning and well worth the early start :clap: :clap:


Alteknacker wrote:As you suggest, no words can do justice to the environment (and the pics - quite superb) :clap: :clap: :clap: . Wonderful stuff!


wilkiemurray wrote:wow - what an amazing sunrise , and amazing photos-superb


Thanks for the kind words folks :D
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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby Mal Grey » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:16 am

You are right about words being inadequate to describe the view from The Fiddler, but your pictures do a damn good job.

The very first sunrise photo is my personal favourite of a superb bunch.
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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby Sunset tripper » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:45 am

Great pictures, great area. :D
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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby Sgurr » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:45 am

Am green with jealousy since I got up this am hoping for a decent sunrise (only from the front window) and it was leaking weakly through impenetrable cloud: it's so hard to assess when you might get one. Your photos are just amazing.
You got a much better walk out of going the "wrong way".
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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:48 am

Oh what good sunrise photos. Got my mouth watering :clap:
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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:01 am

Mal Grey wrote:You are right about words being inadequate to describe the view from The Fiddler, but your pictures do a damn good job.

The very first sunrise photo is my personal favourite of a superb bunch.


Thanks Mal
Sunset tripper wrote:Great pictures, great area. :D


Cheers ST
Sgurr wrote:Am green with jealousy since I got up this am hoping for a decent sunrise (only from the front window) and it was leaking weakly through impenetrable cloud: it's so hard to assess when you might get one. Your photos are just amazing.
You got a much better walk out of going the "wrong way".


Sunrises are strange things, sometimes all the ingredients are there but the colours just don't happen. It's always a bit of a gamble getting up this time of year but every now and then you get a great reward. :D
Can't disagree with my stupidity leading to a better walk.

weaselmaster wrote:Oh what good sunrise photos. Got my mouth watering :clap:
Thank you WM
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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby spiderwebb » Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:47 pm

Its been said but again, great photos of a stunning area, my favourite :D
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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:50 pm

spiderwebb wrote:Its been said but again, great photos of a stunning area, my favourite :D


Thank you kindly
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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby trailmasher » Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:40 pm

Another fine day out Anthony and the photos certainly endorse that :clap: :clap: A fine set of pics indeed of a beautiful sunrise and the surrounding area 8) :clap: It looks like I'll have to make another visit north as soon as I can :)
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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:35 pm

trailmasher wrote:Another fine day out Anthony and the photos certainly endorse that :clap: :clap: A fine set of pics indeed of a beautiful sunrise and the surrounding area 8) :clap: It looks like I'll have to make another visit north as soon as I can :)


Cheers TM, the area around Assynt is a must visit location for hill walkers, get yourself there
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Re: Assynt from, near and afar

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:15 pm

WOW. Speechless for a moment. Reminding me how sensational area Assynt is...

I've got one Graham left to do in this corner, Beinn an Eoin. Looks very vertical from Fhidhleir side :shock:
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