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The Slate and Cnoc Moy
by m3doc » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:01 pm
Date walked: 03/10/2018
Time taken: 7.5 hours
Distance: 12.3 km
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The Slate is another awkward sub-2000 Marilyn cloaked in forestry. The 1:50,000 map doesn't show the firebreaks which appear to show a route to the top on the 1:25,000 map but no - the firebreaks on the map do not correspond to what is on the ground. I had failed on a previous attempt using GPS with 1:50,000 mapping and found another GPS with 1:25,000 no better trying to access the summit using firebreaks. Having assessed satellite imagery I thought the next best possible approach would be taking a direct line due east from the corner in forest plantation with meeting point of 3 fences giving the least amount of forest bashing to the summit clearing.
The start could be from the Kyntyre Way end point at the lay-by in Machrihanish where there are adjacent toilets. However, 3km and 100m ascent can be saved by driving the potholed single track road to the car park / picnic area just before Ballygrogan Farm and walking part of the Kintyre Way to the watershed below Creag nan Cuilean then over clumpy grass following Allt Mhic an Tanner, with a bit of ATV track, up to the corner of forest where 3 fences meet. About 20 feet beyond the fence stob, deer appear to have made a way through the trees to the summit (I forced a way through the trees directly from the fence stob, marking route with broken branches). The Slate 384m summit is difficult to determine as it is unmarked and quite a few peat hags seem to be about the same height (4.6km and 293m ascent 3hr).
After retracing route back out of forest, it is more clumpy boggy ground along Creag nan Cuilean 357m and beyond to get around edge of forest then south down past a wooden shooting hut to 200m and up grassy slopes to west of the fence rising to Cnoc Moy summit trig 446m (7.65km 543m ascent 5hr). Machrihanish Bay and Tangy Wind farm are noticeable to north.
Return is directly north down grassy slope to col and short contour west on ATV track, then north to pick up Kintyre Way track back to Ballygrogan.
- Ballygrogan car park / picnic area above Machrihanish Bay
- Kintyre Way with The Slate, Creag nan Cuilean and Cnoc Moy
- The Slate and Creag nan Cuilean
- A "way" through the forest
- Another view of the forest bashing "route"
- The unmarked Slate summit south to Cnoc Moy
- Cnoc Moy from clumpy grass, heather and bog on Creag nan Cuilean
- Shooting hut on descent of Creag nan Cuilean towards Cnoc Moy
- Cnoc Moy summit trig 445m
- Machrihanish Bay, Creag nan Cuilean and The Slate from Cnoc Moy
- Cnoc Moy summit trig
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by Sgurr » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:07 pm
by m3doc » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:07 pm
Ballygrogan Farm is to the north, my start point. If your approach was from south was it from another farm?
by Sgurr » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:26 pm
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