Blazing Saddle - A Kintail Summit Camp!
by dooterbang » Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:54 pm
Route description: Sgurr an Airgid
Corbetts included on this walk: Sgurr an Airgid
Date walked: 18/07/2017
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 9 km
Ascent: 1000m11 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).
Left Glasgow very early and headed North. As I neared Kintail the opportunity arose for some reflection photos.
The forecast was sunshine all day hitting 25deg at its peak, at times it felt hotter though! Parked in Morvich, near the graveyard, and was away on my bike at 10.30am for a 50 mile circular route. My route was Morvich>Glenelg>Ferry>Skye Bridge>Plockton>Morvich.
The cycle up and over Glenelg was a tough start but the views distracted from any pain felt
Driven over this many times to Arnisdale but had never ventured near Glenelg and its bay. Was absolutely stunning!
The ferry takes you to the south of Skye, a 10 minute journey with the sea filled with seals. I couldn't get my camera out on time! The ferry only takes a few cars and about 25 people. I was the only Scottish person. Enjoyed a chat with some folk from Eastern Europe & the States.
Looking back to Glenelg Bay
Views to the Skye Cuillins
This part of the cycle provided solitude, quiet roads, & tremendous views. I soon reached the Skye Bridge...
It was great fun cycling over the bridge. I then stopped in Lochalsh for some ice cream . I then made my way to Plockton.
Views to the Cuillins from the road to Plockton
Didn't hang around in Plockton and was soon back on the main road back down to Morvich, stopping at Eilean Donan Castle. It was absolutely mobbed here. I took a photo and swiftly left.
Back in Morvich I changed my gear and set off around 4pm to summit Sgurr an Airgid. It felt tough going with the weight on my back and the afternoon heat draining my energy. However the views looking back to Kintail were already sublime, offering some relief.
Nearing the bealach I met the only other person who'd be on the hill. A retired German making his way down. We chatted for some time. He had a holiday home in Dornie and had been coming to the Highlands for over 30 years. He was now making the best of whatever years he had left. A very nice man with similar voice to Werner Herzog
Reached the summit around 6pm and started looking for a pitching spot. Eventually went to the Western top of Sgurr na Seamraig as this provided better views and shelter from the increasing winds.
I sunbathed for a few hours before eating and waiting on the sun setting - bliss
Turned in around 11pm and slept not too bad for a change, only wakening once. Woke up at 04.15am to catch the sunrise.
It was a lovely morning so stayed up and wandered around, eventually packing my gear and walking off the summit at 06.00am.
Reached the car at 07.30am. The heat intense at this time in the morning, however forecast for rain in a couple of hours. Changed and headed for Glasgow 08.30am. Was home at 13.00pm.
A really enjoyable mini trip that took in my two favourite activities. The cycle was absolutely stunning, and one which I'll do again. Was good training for my cycling week in the Mallorcan Tramuntana Mountains. Sgurr an Airgid is a great spot to summit camp. Been a while since I'd been in Kintail, such a lovely area
by rockhopper » Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:15 pm
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by BlackPanther » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:03 am
I must drag Kevin out to re-visit SnA, we did it in winter (knee deep snow) but never saw the views properly.
by Spade » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:58 pm
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