walkhighlands

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.

Western Fannichs, take 2

Western Fannichs, take 2


Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:43 pm

Munros included on this walk: A' Chailleach, Sgurr Breac

Date walked: 10/06/2018

Time taken: 6.1 hours

Distance: 17.1 km

Ascent: 1115m

1 person thinks this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

A planned in advance outing which is rather rare for me. I saw a spare slot on our calendar and decided to 'bagsy' it as a Hill day as it has been frustrating seeing all this good weather pass me by. My last planned trip out had to be adjusted from Munro's to Marilyn's due to the weather.
George was available so I looked at his red balloons and we narrowed the choice down to either Sgurr Breac or Slioch as his other red yins were either in Affric or Mullardoch and they are planned for later on.
We eventually settled on the Western Fannichs as my last visit there with kaiserstein was memorable for all the wrong reasons, Wet Wet Wet just like the old pop group, surely the weather would be kinder this time? Out of interest I had a look at my photo's from my last trip 4 years ago and I only took 15 photo's, that kind of indicates how bad the conditions were.
George had contacted a couple of his pals who also have round about the same hills left for compleation, so we ended up as a fivesome. I volunteered to drive and arranged to pick up George and Ali at 5.45 and the next stop would be Inverness for coffee and toilet not in that order. We met up John and his son Alistair in Inverness and headed NW in a mini convoy. As usual for a Sunday there were already half a dozen cars in the parking area and the weather had room for improvement, in other words it wasn't very good.


our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts


Slightly unorthodox route to visit these 2 hills, we did the route clockwise and the route to Sgurr Breac was easy and along a good path until the final ascent of Sgurr Breac. The descent off A' Chailleach was following the WH route which turned out to be pathless and Borders like on the lower slopes.

Image
We are going left at the crossroads

Image
Proves that it has been very dry recently

Image
Loch a' Bhraoin, note the rather low cloud

Image
The rickety bridge still going strong

Image
Not the best water feature I have posted, barely a trickle

John (Mr Admin) as usual had printed off maps for everyone and had planned a good route in as he was planning to tackle Sgurr Breac only and not bother with A' Chailleach. The path up the glen also doubles as the path out for the central group of Fannichs so good time was made. Once we reached the bealach ESE of Sgurr Breac we left the path and headed up the shoulder and then onto the summit.

Image
George admiring the terrific views

Image
Looking back at Alistair and the stragglers behind him

Image
The cloud was swirling around and wee gaps were appearing, one had to be prepared

Image
Loch Fannich appearing out of the cloud, zoomed a bit

Image
As above

Image
Now we were on the ridge the cloud made for some dramatic shots

Image
One patch of snow, not many remaining

Image
Nearing the summit, heads down one foot in front of the other

Image
One of the 2 cairns appearing out of the murk

Image
The other cairn

After eating our well earned lunch it was time to say goodbye to John and Alistair, they were going to retrace the inward route back to the car whereas we were going to plod on heading west.

Image
The initial descent off Sgurr Breac

Image
Cloud clinging to the edges, obscuring the steep drops

Image
Looking back

Image
Loch Toll an Lochain appearing

Image
Loch Fannich appearing again

Image
George and Ali posing before the final ascent

Image
Looking back

Image
Arty shot, little flowers waiting for the sun to appear - they will have a long wait

Image
They look overjoyed to have reached the summit of A' Chailleach

The descent off A' Chailleach involved retracing our steps for a very short distance, then heading down the shoulder following the WH route. There was an obvious path to follow to Sron na Goibhre, as usual we wre chatting away and stayed on the path about 50m further than we should have. We were curious as to where the path was heading but we opted to stick to our plotted WH route - which was now completely and utterly pathless. We knew we were heading to the north of the lochan and then following the burn, if you can call it that as there was hardly any water in it. Looking on the very bright side, crossing the burn anywhere further down certainly won't be a problem.

Image
Loch Toll an Lochain again from a different angle

Image
Heading round Sron na Goibhre

Image
Loch Toll na Lochain, weather now improving as it always does on the final descent

Image
We would be heading down towards the loch whilst traversing the lower slopes of the shoulder

Image
Probably an impressive waterfall after a long spell of rain

Image
More flowers to add a bit of colour

Image
Loch a' Bhraoin, weather improving

Image
Never seen a sheep posing before, M4rtin you have competition

Image
The race to the style

Image
Familiar territory, tufty grass and heather

Image
The bridge is always a welcome sight

We were back at the cars in a shade over 6 hours and as it was rather nice and warm outside I suggested we stop at Corrieshalloch Gorge as George had never seen it. I think he pleasantly surprised, even though the usual amount of water travelling down the gorge was much less than usual. For anyone who hasn't been and have passed the car park, next time stop you won't regret it. Here are a few phone photo's to tempt you.

Image

Image
Look carefully and you will see the viewing platform in the distance, middle of the shot near the top

Image
It is a huge drop and only 6 persons on the bridge at any time

Image
From the viewing platform

Image
Bridge in the distance

Image
Zoomed

A cracking day out and as always a huge thanks to all my walking buddies, even the weather couldn't dampen our spirits.
Next on the menu is a trip back to Strathfarrar estate to tackle the 4 hills again, like last time quite a crowd going but a completely different crowd - bring it on.
User avatar
Fife Flyer
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2318
Munros:158   Corbetts:46
Grahams:35   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:104   Hewitts:2
Islands:5
Joined: May 15, 2013
Location: Guess?

Re: Western Fannichs, take 2

Postby dibs » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:52 pm

Good pictures and write up Martin, thank you. :clap:

George
User avatar
dibs
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 98
Munros:282   Corbetts:12
Grahams:3   Donalds:8
Sub 2000:46   
Islands:4
Joined: Oct 22, 2011
Location: Dunfermline

Re: Western Fannichs, take 2

Postby M4RTIN » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:14 am

Nice report, Mr. B, and some decent shots considering the low cloud.
As for the sheep, no competition; he wasn't smiling any better than I do. :D
User avatar
M4RTIN
Hill Bagger
 
Posts: 90
Munros:103   Corbetts:5
Sub 2000:1   
Joined: May 17, 2010
Location: York / Glasgow

Re: Western Fannichs, take 2

Postby rockhopper » Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:50 pm

Aye, the problem with advance planning and the vagaries of Scottish weather - looked an enjoyable day out nonetheless. Is this you working on round 2 ? - cheers :)
User avatar
rockhopper
 
Posts: 6355
Munros:282   Corbetts:207
Grahams:60   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:8   Hewitts:2
Wainwrights:3   Islands:19
Joined: Jun 1, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: Western Fannichs, take 2

Postby martin.h » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:17 pm

Hi Martin, nice route and nice photo's, I'm not a great fan of the clouds but they do add atmosphere, especially when they start to break up over the steep bits.
We've passed the gorge car park on a few occasions but it's always rammed so haven't stopped, I can see what we've been missing now, we'll stop next time :D
See you Sunday,
Cheers.
User avatar
martin.h
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 507
Munros:206   Corbetts:17
Grahams:10   Donalds:7
Sub 2000:2   Hewitts:146
Wainwrights:214   Islands:19
Joined: Jul 31, 2011
Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

1 person thinks this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 46 guests