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A Little hill with Big name - & Big views for Birthmas boy!

A Little hill with Big name - & Big views for Birthmas boy!

Postby Jaxter » Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:17 pm

Route description: Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghiubhais Li, Loch Glascarnoch

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghiubhais Li

Date walked: 21/12/2019

Time taken: 3.25 hours

Distance: 9.36 km

Ascent: 560m

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With Malky’s Birthmas falling on a Saturday this year, and despite his work night out being the night before, he was able to celebrate with hills. Even better the sun was shining! We had a typically shambolic start by not getting up early enough and although we were heading for Sail Mhor we realised that not only would we never have time to complete that walk in the daylight now available, but the weather also now looked better further east.

So we stopped driving and opted for the wee Corbett with a big name – Beinn Liath Mhor a’ Ghiubhais Li. Not the most interesting hill to look at but situated in a place that I thought might have some spectacular views. We were not to be disappointed 8)

ImageBirthmas Boy

ImageA taster of what's to come

Initially an easy walk along a forest track, gradually climbing upwards and with a river crossing that wasn’t as bad as it looked :shock:
ImageEasy track

Our hill ahead
ImageSun's coming out...

Looked like we would get some good views of the Fannaichs anyway 8)

The track dropped annoyingly downhill for a section but we figured it would be better to stay on it until we had cleared the forest to avoid tramping through more bad ground than we needed to!
ImageUpsettingly downhill

Starting to get some views of the Eastern Fannaichs, hills I hadn’t been near yet
ImageEastern Fannaichs

We reached the end of the track at a gate. The ground became a bit squishy underfoot but it continued in some form of fairly indistinct path into the heather.
ImageThe track deteriorates

ImageAn Coileachan

From here we started to climb more steeply although the ground wasn’t too bad for the most part and the views continued to improve 8)
ImageBeinn Dearg & pals

ImageOur target

The gradient eased for a short section; unfortunately we also had a few peat hags to deal with :roll:
ImageOut on the open hillside

ImageSgurr Mor

The final steep section had some snow patches and boulders to make it a bit more interesting….the snow was a bit like wet sugar so we kept falling in :roll:
ImageSome sun breaking through

ImageBeinn Dearg hills

ImageSgurr Mor and central Fannaichs

An Teallach was almost clear – maybe we should have got up earlier and gone further west :lol:
ImageAn Teallach with a wee bit of fluff

ImageThe peat hags we just plodded through

ImageA wee ptarmigan

At last we were on the summit plateau – and it was windy!
ImageSummit ahoy!

ImageLoch Glascarnoch and Ben Wyvis

ImageAn Teallach - ooft

ImageBeinn Dearg

ImageBeinn Dearg and Cona Meall

ImageSeana Bhraigh

ImageSome birthmas lights for birthmas boy

ImageMalky the red nosed Reindeer

Malky thinking about the enormous flock of sheep I got him for his birthmas
ImageHe's almost smiling!

ImageSummit of the hill with the long name

ImageCona Meall and Seana Bhraigh

ImageSgurr Mor

ImageBeinn Dearg, Cona Meall and Seana Bhriagh

ImageLoch Glascarnock and Beinn Wyvis

ImageCarn Cuinneag & Beinn a' Chaisteal

ImageLast one, promise

ImageAm Faochagach

Sunset was approaching so we figured we better get going!
ImageTime to go!

ImageEvening light on the Fannaichs

ImageSunny snowy glow

ImageBirthmas boy

ImageEvening light on the Deargs

ImageBit of light hitting An Teallach

ImageSun setting behind An Coileachan

ImageWee bit of fluff hitting the top

ImageBeinn Ghoblach and the tip of Loch Broom b

ImageLast light

ImageLeaving the peat hags behind

We decided to cut off the extra loop as Malky had spied a gate in the fence and what looked like an ATV track. Unlike many of his shortcuts it actually turned out to be a good idea!
ImageMalky leading the way

ImageSky going wild

The ATV track was pretty boggy but it led us safely through the forestry and back to our outward route, including the river crossing!
ImageForgot about this!!

ImageA last view of magnificent An Teallach


Back at the car we decided we couldn’t really be bothered with the thought of cooking dinner, so popped into the Allengrange Arms in Munlochy (can highly recommend the burgers) on the way home. I even offered to drive home from there so he could have a birthmas pint :lol:

Once home we had the small matter of a sparkler birthday cake (when we were on Skye at Easter we saw someone with a sparkler cake and when Malky sadly told me that he’d never had one I promised to make him one :lol: )
ImageBirthmas sparkler cake

Not a bad birthmas afterall 8) :lol:
ImageSuper Malky!

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