Corbetts: Beinn Enaiglair.
Grahams: Meall Doire Faid
Distance: 13 km.
Time: 4 hours, 50 minutes.
Weather: Warm, muggy and windy, giving way to heavy showers.
Varied weather over the weekend had us closer to home - we took a long cycle around Cromarty and Easter Ross on Saturday, finally getting to use the Cromarty-Nigg ferry. Something I've intended to do ever since moving to Inverness 13 years ago, but have always found other things to do, or it has been out of service. Sunday looked more promising for the hills, but not amazing, so we headed out to Braemore Junction for an easyish day out.
We passed the lodge at Braemore on a good track which became less used above the buildings. Somehow we managed to miss the start of the stalkers path and end up going below and parallel to it on the track. A quick crash through the heather solved this, and we followed the decent stalkers path round to the north of Beinn Enaiglair into the corrie.
Home Loch and Fannaichs
N face of Beinn Enaiglair
The N face is quite impressive but rarely out of the shadows. We could feel the wind rising as we got higher - it was due to be pretty gusty on the summit so we decided to have lunch before getting too much further.
After lunch, time to follow the path to the high point then down a bit, from where it's possible to pick up a fainter path onto the summit plateau. Can't argue with that for an easy way onto a hill! The cloud had descended a little, covering many of the surrounding summits, bit at least we were clear. Limited views, however less windy up here than on some of the ascent.
Beinn Dearg in the cloud
Iorguill and Beinn Dearg
Loch Broom from Beinn Enaiglair
Loch a' Bhraoin and Fisherfield
I thought we would descend directly to Bealach nam Buathan as it's fairly straightforward. Certainly up high the ground is good, but it does get more heathery lower down, and Jackie was less than impressed - it seems now that the chest muscle is rather better, the bad knee has been taking a hammering .
Loch Bealach nan Buthan
Down at the col, it was decision time - would we include Meall Doire Faid? I warned Jackie that the descent would probably be similarly **** therefore it wouldn't be my fault, but she was still keen. Just the matter of a short, steep ascent between the crags, which was good underfoot at least.
Stack of clouds
Direct way up
As we approached the summit, the first drops of rain fell, and we endured a quick, heavyish shower hunkered down beneath the summit outcrop. As soon as it cleared we started descending, knowing further rain was probably on the way.
Meall nan Doireachan
Damp on the summit
Loch a' Bhraoin
Descending Meall Doire Fad
The way down certainly was a bit heathery, and not entirely to Jackie's liking - couldn't say I hadn't warned her! Eventually after another soaking and some frustrating long grass, we were back at the car at an unfeasibly early hour for us - before 3pm. With the weather looking rather crap, we didn't bother going down to Corrieshalloch Gorge, and hit the road home instead.
I had been keeping an eye on the weather over the weekend and it looked like the following week would have a substantial dry spell - time for something a bit more adventurous....
Travel and Coronavirus
Please check current coronavirus restrictions before travelling within or to Scotland.
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.