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Stac Pollaidh and Knockan Crag

Stac Pollaidh and Knockan Crag


Postby BlackPanther » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:59 pm

Route description: Stac Pollaidh ridge and circuit

Grahams included on this walk: Stac Pollaidh

Date walked: 27/01/2011

Distance: 5 km

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Last Thursday was a fine day and we were lucky to have time off, so there came time to start season 2011. Maybe not with a big bang, as Stac Pollaidh is a leg warmer rather than a proper climb. Nevertheless, as views are second to none, this little hill is certainly worth visiting more than once!
Stac Pollaidh is a sentimental trip for me - it was the first mountain I climbed in Scotland. I remembered that first climb as painfully steep and the made-up path to the top seemed so narrow... I can't believe now, looking back to it, how could I have been so scared? Well, I guess I got used to heights. The very same path after three years felt more like a track :D :D :D If I keep my course, maybe in 10 years time I'll gather enough courage to conquer the In Pinn :roll:
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Stac pollaidh in the morning sun

My favourite view from Stac Pollaidh is to the north, with Suilven and Canisp both seen face-on.
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Suilven and Canisp

But there are beautiful panoramas wherever you turn...
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Cul Mor

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Cul Beag and Loch Lurgainn

At some point a thin layer of clouds appeared around the top of Suilven:
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Clouds over Suilven

We spent some time climbing the rocks...
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...and enjoying the sunny day :D
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Finally, we walked around the hill, admiring its unusual shape from every direction.
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Stac pollaidh from south-west

Just around the corner from Stac Pollaidh, there is a nice, little walk along the cliffs of Knockan Crag. As we still had a couple of hours of daylight, we added it to our trip, together with some more good views :D :D
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Looking west from Knockan Crag

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Suilvan from the viewpoint

There is something unique about Assynt, the shapes of mountains, the vast space with very few signs of civilisation, the moon-like character of the landscape. It feels like for a short time we travelled to another planet...
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Re: Stac Pollaidh and Knockan Crag

Postby Paul Webster » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:48 pm

Cracking report. This was Thursday - wow - it almost looks summery up in the NW!
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Re: Stac Pollaidh and Knockan Crag

Postby malky_c » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:57 pm

Second great thursday in a row! I know what day I'm going to try and get off next week...

Lovely photos. Amazingly little snow left over there. I was briefly over in Ullapool on Wednesday, but it wasn't as nice as this :)
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Re: Stac Pollaidh and Knockan Crag

Postby kevsbald » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:00 pm

That looks like a great wee hill - I got to get me up there. Lovely report.
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Re: Stac Pollaidh and Knockan Crag

Postby davgil » Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:28 am

Beautiful photos BlackPanther.

I can't wait to visit the area and do Stac pollaidh, hopefully this year :)

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Re: Stac Pollaidh and Knockan Crag

Postby blanchie » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:09 am

Stunning place and great photos of it. I must spread my wings a little more and head up there this year.
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Re: Stac Pollaidh and Knockan Crag

Postby ChrisW » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:58 pm

Great report and stunning pics - loved this :D
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Re: Stac Pollaidh and Knockan Crag

Postby soulminer » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:07 pm

Visit Assynt at least twice a year as it is the best walking area in Scotland. Great report and pics, esp 'clouds over Suilven' and shot from Knockan Crag - lurvli :)
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Re: Stac Pollaidh and Knockan Crag

Postby dooterbang » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:24 pm

nice report.

i love this little mountain - like an adventure playground :)

I'll be in Ullapool weekend may 28th - i shall involve this, again, when i cycle.
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