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Seana Braigh from Corriemulzie

Seana Braigh from Corriemulzie


Postby past my sell by date » Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:32 pm

Munros included on this walk: Seana Bhraigh

Date walked: 29/07/1999

Time taken: 6.2 hours

Distance: 20.2 km

Ascent: 982m

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It is sad I think, that the standard route to Seanna Braigh is from Inverlael: I've not done it, but it looks like a rather dull bog trot and you certainly don't experience the full splendour of this magnificent hill :( Fortunately in 1999 not only could you drive to Corriemulzie Lodge, but there were notices showing hillwalkers where to park, and you seemed quite welcome :) Incidentally you could also drive about 3km up the Inverlael track to "the large turning circle" which cut quite a time from the circuit of the four Ben Dearg munros :) I'm afraid that the ever increasing numbers of hillwalkers have rendered these helpful tracks out of bounds for motors
We set out along the excellent track on a fine summer morning
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First view of Seanna Braigh
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The magnificent North East ridgeof Creag an Duine: needless to say you approach it from the R :lol:
In his book "100 best routes on Scottish hills" which I used extensively before the SMC Munro book appeared - and thoroughly recommend - Ralph Storer rather surprisingly suggests you climb Seanna Braigh by the more Northerly slopes and descend this ridge. I guess it is the quickest way to the top if time is short. We decided to do the reverse, and go clockwise round the circuit. The ridge is uncompromisingly steep, but all the rocky bits can be bypassed on grass and the views down to the tiny lochan in the Luchd Coire on the R are stunning.
As we gained height all the Assynt hills appeared to the North
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Ben More Coigach, Stac Polly, Cul Beag, Cul Mor , Suilven and Canisp and maybe Ben More assynt
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Zoomed view - that's certainly Stac Polly on the L and Suilven on the R
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Looking across the Luchd Coire to the summit from quite high up
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A wider view across to Seanna Braigh
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Looking back across the Luchd Coire to Creag an Duine from near the top
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The tiny unnamed lochan on the way down
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A final look back at the ridge
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Re: Seana Braigh from Corriemulzie

Postby rockhopper » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:00 pm

That did look good. Having gone from Inverlael I'd agree that your route does look a nice way to approach this hill. Adding on the other hills around here makes it even better - cheers :)
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Re: Seana Braigh from Corriemulzie

Postby malky_c » Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:10 pm

More great photos there :) . I'm sure the route from Inverlael is pleasant enough, but this way is much better :D . I took this route (well actually the eastern ridge of An Sgurr, which is pretty similar) when doing Seana Bhraigh as my last Munro, with a bothy night either side at Coiremor. A great weekend, and I'd go back for this approach again before trying the one from Inverlael I think.

I was still using film then as well (stubbornly trying to avoid buying a digital camera), but my photos didn't come out as clearly as these!
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Re: Seana Braigh from Corriemulzie

Postby past my sell by date » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:08 pm

malky_c wrote:More great photos there :) . I'm sure the route from Inverlael is pleasant enough, but this way is much better :D . I took this route (well actually the eastern ridge of An Sgurr, which is pretty similar) when doing Seana Bhraigh as my last Munro, with a bothy night either side at Coiremor. A great weekend, and I'd go back for this approach again before trying the one from Inverlael I think.

I was still using film then as well (stubbornly trying to avoid buying a digital camera), but my photos didn't come out as clearly as these!

I note from WH that the road to Corriemulzie is still open outside the stalking season, so surely it is a better route , also much shorter . I just made a guess at our time, but it certainly wasn't an arduous day. I guess you have to take into account the fact that the the drive from Ullapool (say) is longer
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Re: Seana Braigh from Corriemulzie

Postby gaffr » Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:34 am

Had reached Seana Braigh once before coming in from Inverlael. Second visit was by the An Duine ridge via the Rhiddorroch river and descending, as you did, by the broad ridge on the other side of the Northern corrie. The off road bike was useful for a fair part of the way. A fine way to get to SB
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