Glen Carron episode 2 31k 2008m 11 hr 26/06/1995
Yesterday having completed The Fisherfield Six from a full up Shenavall bothy, Andy, Steve and I will stay at Ledgowan. During our last visit here, we had discuss with manager the merits of him turning an old staff outbuilding into a bunkhouse. After buying a pint I resumed the topic by suggesting we could stay there overnite.”Look, there`s no hot water, flushing toilets or beds. It`s not fit for humans”. We went for a looksee - iron bedsteads with mattress against the walls in three rooms. After Shenavall where we slept sitting, backs against a indoor wall, I said it would do for us. He asks, Ok how does £6 each sound. Says I you`re kidding me, there`s no hot water, flushing toilets………..we got it for £1 each.
A real gent. A 4am start, brilliant sun so another hot day. Park at Craig, cross the railway, for a path that turns up the corrie. My last time here was with Andy and a gameplan that went wrong. Then we followed the river SW turn into Coire Leiridh, for a night at the Bearneas bothy. The rain began as we cross the Aon Cheum bealach and lashed down solid over the next 24hrs. Being we`d get wet, at daybreak we left the bothy, crossed a flooded basin to climb Coire Seagach for Cheezecake, Lurg Mhor and Meall Mor in torrential rain. Down to Loch Morar, never to actually see it in the clag, a wet tromp up to Bealachs Crudhain and Bhearnais before we pulled the plug and went for the car. The Two Sgurrs and Mollie could wait for a drier day.
This day ! The bulk of Sgurr nan Ceannaichean is behind us, the Allt a` Chonais river is low so forgo the wire bridge and climb a path to Bealach Bhearnais@596. L turn, up a grassy slope with rock steps to a narrow level ridge and the cairn of Sgurr Choinnich @979m. Great views all round. SE then NE to descend a sharp ridge for Bealach Coire Choinnich@ 860m. ENE for a flat ridge, grass then stone steps to the trig point of Sgurr`a Chaorachain @1053. Great views all round then on to Bidean an Eoin Deirg@ 1045 spikey wee top. Return 1/2km and drop N on steep grass to the boggy lochan area of Drochaid Mhulich for a final 400m climb to Carn nam Fiaclan and the flatish plateau of Maoile Lunndaidh. Andy and I climbed this in snow and mist from Strathfarrar, but we keep Steve company and the views here are worth it. Round the curve of Fuar-thul Mhor where the crags just fall away to a long hanging corrie, to Mollie`s cairn @ 1005m. Rest here and soak in the views. This is a massive hill. Drop N for a Col @760m with Creag Dhubh Mhor, then W to Feur- thol Mor, past waterfalls to the floor of the glen, a burn and a locked Glenuaig Lodge. The up track ends here at ruins. We follow it back over the watershed and meet our inward route for Craig. A great two days a bit of roughage but a decent Munro tally, so worth it.
After the Lurg Mhor soaking, when drying out at the Achnasheen bunkhouse, Andy tells me - that doing tomorrows Moruisg pair would be his last. On the way home, we refuelled at Aviemore to find the whole of Scotland had a roasting w/e with Glen Carron the only place on the planet to see rain.
I gave him a week before saying go look at your Munro map and you`ll find all the most remote, hard and big day hills, you`ve already done with me. His final Munro of Buachaille Etive Beag was done on a mucky club outing from Lagangarbh in 1998.
Travel and Coronavirus
Temporary Coronavirus restrictions and travel advice applies until Monday 26th October.
Click for details
Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.