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Challenging but rewarding route

Challenging but rewarding route


Postby cazjacko » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:25 pm

Route description: Sgùrr na h-Eachainne & Druim na Sgriodain

Fionas included on this walk: Druim na Sgriodain

Date walked: 27/09/2019

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 11.75 km

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This is not intended to be a step by step guide to the route (the official walk description does that very well already) but just a brief over view.
We walked up the road to the start as we were staying at the Inn at Ardgour. We kept thinking we might have passed the start point but the burial site was quite obvious on arrival (a stone enclosure about 100 metres off the road on the left at the top of a field).
The walk description was really good but there is no path on any of the route so may sure you take (and use!) a compass to check you are heading in the right direction.
The climb to the first summit is a hard slog but the views on the way up and from the top are spectacular. A bit of light scrambling in places but nothing drastic.
I'm very slow uphill so the walk took us a bit longer than the suggested time but they always do so for most people that's probably fairly accurate.
The drop down/climb back up to the second summit wasn't too strenuous, once you've done the first climb you're definitely over the worst!
The descent is quite tricky in places but as long as you follow the directions you'll be fine. I did sit on my bum a couple of times to slide down some really steep sections! Pretty wet/boggy in places but mostly avoidable. It was late September when we did it and the weather had been reasonably good (for the Highlands) so waterproof walking boots were enough to keep our feet dry.

Try for a day with reasonable visibility as the views really make the walk and navigation could be tricky in really bad conditions especially as there is no path to follow.


Definitely worth a go!
cazjacko
 
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