Me and you in Glendhu
by BlackPanther » Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:14 pm
Date walked: 21/09/2019
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 16 km
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The inspiration came from litljortindan's report, many thanks for the idea
The route starts from the car park in Kylestrome. When we arrived and got out of the car, we noticed a stalking party getting ready to drive off to do some shooting. They even had a bottle of whisky with them - an absolute necessity when stalking deer, I suppose
At least, the track along the loch is a right of way, so we knew that we wouldn't disturb the hunting procedures when doing our little ramble. Kevin was complaining a bit about his injury again, but I hoped that low level walking would do him no harm. And the day was so lovely that I couldn't miss a few hours spent lurking in the weird word of Assynt!
The first touch of autumn - a rowan tree with ripe berries. When I was a kid, I used to make necklaces out of them
We took a short detour to the slipway, to take some photos of Kylesku Bridge and the western end of Loch Glendhu:
Looking south-east to Loch Glendhu/Glencoul, with the Stack of Glencoul on the horizon:
Quinag's less photographed side, seen across the water:
We returned to the main track, which soon lost its tarmac surface, but it was still easy going. I took far too many breaks to pick blackberries. After maybe 30 minutes, I was berry-stuffed, bramble-scratched and black-tongued
The scenery is truly beautiful, the track passing below some vertical cliffs:
Posing with Quinag and Kylesku Bridge:
After about 3km of walking on the track, we reached the bridge over Maldie Burn, with a good vantage point to the nearby waterfalls:
Quinag and Loch Glendhu from the bridge:
The track splits here, we took the bottom branch, continuing along the loch:
There are many good spots for photos along the way, especially to study the coastline:
The day was surprisingly hot as for late September, but quite windy. We didn't mind the wind as it cooled us nicely when we walked:
The track goes up and down over several small bumps (I was surprised to see over 400m of ascent on our GPS track - it didn't really feel that much!) but generally it's easy going:
The vertical cliffs of Creag Ruadh:
Close up to the cliffs from below:
Kevin in a better mood now, his injury forgotten - at least temporarily:
The track traverses below the Creag Ruadh wall:
Dinner? Well, not exactly
The sun was strong today so we were grateful for some shadow:
More cliffs above our heads:
Time for more photos!
We reached Glendhu Bothy in just over 2 hours and that included frequent breaks to feed the blackberry ripper
There was a red warning sign on the path saying "stalking in progress" so we didn't proceed any further. We descended to the sea shore next to the bothy and found a good set of rocks to sit and have a picnic. Even Lucy was invited
Looking west along the shore:
After lunch, it was time for siesta!
We spent nearly an hour lazying about, deciding it was too hot for any advanced lurking. I was intrigued by upper Gleann Dubh and would love to return here for more walking and investigating, the upper end of the glen looks very tempting!
Eventually, it was time to go back:
Posing with the Creag Ruadh cliffs:
A couple of panos taken on the way back:
This is a simply stunning corner of Scotland, and I was pleasantly surprised by how many different views we saw, starting from the great pano of the northern side of Quinag, to the details of the Creag Ruadh cliffs and views acroos the windy waters of Loch Glendhu:
I can wholeheartedly recommend this fantastic low level adventure to anybody!
Hopefully, Kevin will be able to climb a hill this weekend - if so, we will return to Assynt, weather permitted
by Border Reiver » Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:15 pm
by Mal Grey » Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:46 pm
Need to get to Glendhu to match our trip to Glencoul last year.
by Blokewithastroke » Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:54 pm
by AHillTooFar » Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:34 pm
by litljortindan » Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:08 pm
by Sunset tripper » Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:58 am
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by BlackPanther » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:00 pm
We wanted to return to Assynt last weekend, but forecast was better around Fort William, so we ended up visiting the Wee Minister. Both of us struggling with small yet annoying injuries, we have to forget about big traverses for the time being, but a nice autumnal Munro is always welcome!