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Glimpse of heaven - calm before the storm

Glimpse of heaven - calm before the storm


Postby Jaxter » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:40 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn na Feusaige, Carn Breac

Date walked: 07/02/2020

Time taken: 5.3 hours

Distance: 16.04 km

Ascent: 1136m

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It was the beginning of the February break – we’d driven up to Inverness the night before; the next morning Malky had to get up and go to work ( :lol: ) so I chucked my stuff in the car and drove out to Achnasheen. It was a beautiful morning, and although it was forecasted to be windy up high the sun was shining and I was thrilled to be out 8)

I left the car just past the end of Loch Sgamhain
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I walked back along the road a short distance until I got to the break in the forest – looking straight up Beinn na Feusaige
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Looking down towards Sgurr na Feartaig
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At the fire break there was a convenient gate; it was locked but without my rucksack on I was able to fit in between the rungs and I was on my way 8)
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The ground was a bit rough but easy enough alongside the fence. It was steep but I gained height quickly which got me out of the shade and into the sunshine 8)
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Looking down to Carn Breac and the ridge that completes the horseshoe
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The road towards Strathcarron
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Looking across Loch Sgamhain to Moruisk
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As I left the trees behind I had to climb a really awkward deer fence and then it was a straight smash upwards to the summit plateau, which gave me some really fantastic views towards the Torridon biggies :D
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Looking down Loch Maree – Meall a’ Ghiubhais on the left, Slioch on the right
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Slioch and the Fisherfield hills
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I wasn’t sure which end of the ridge was the summit so had a wander down to the other end just in case
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It was worth the effort because the views down towards Loch Gowan were awesome 8)
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Loch Maree and Slioch
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Stunning views to Liathach, Beinn Eighe & Meall a’ Ghiubhais
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It was pretty blowy but I figured it was worth getting the big lens out to get a shot of An Teallach 8)
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Fisherfield Hills
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Slioch
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Beinn Eighe
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Liathach
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Loch Maree and the Fisherfield hills
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Moruisg and the Monar hills
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Summit of Beinn na Feusaige
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It was time to get going – it was chilly and the other hill was looking an awfy long way away :shock: As I walked back across the long summit I could see down to Loch Carron and the southern tip of Skye
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Sun hitting Slioch
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Looking back
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I followed the fence down towards Loch Meallan Mhic Iamhair which gave me some more fabulous views towards Torridon
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The loch and the ridge up to Carn Breac
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Amazing Beinn Eighe
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Liathach & Beinn Eighe
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As I approached the loch the ground got more and more boggy and there were big human-sized tussocks to climb up and over :roll:
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Looking across the loch to the Monar hills
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The first hurdle was Meallan Mhic Iamhair, which was a steep rugged b*stard but the views sort of made up for the awkwardness :wink:
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Looking back to Beinn na Feusaige
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Liathach & Sgurr Dubh
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Couldn’t get enough of this view!
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Finally at the top of Meallan Mhic Iamhair I could now see ahead to Carn Breac
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Loch Clair and the Fannaichs
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The Fisherfield hills with Slioch centre stage
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Lots of deer around, but kind of hard to see in the photo :lol:
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The sun was hitting Torridon again 8)
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Getting from Meallan Mhic Iamhair involved sliding down and then back up some steep ground (although when I looked back it turned out that there was an easier route :roll: ) and it was a relatively easy stroll onwards
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Looking down the glen towards Loch Sgamhain
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As I climbed up this section I was hoping to find the path I was planning to descend later on, but I didn’t notice any sign of it – a problem for later on then :lol:

Loch na Moine Moire & Loch an Fhiarlaid with Slioch & the Fisherfield hills behind
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As I continued the Achnashellach munros started to appear….
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It was easy walking from here and I was nearly at the summit
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There were some really cool rocks on the last section
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The sun came out and I could see across the wee lochans to Slioch and the fisherfield
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A completely different landscape to Beinn na Feusaige as I approached the summit of Carn Breac
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Sgurr na Ceannaichean with the Sgurrs behind
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Now at the summit the views were sensational but it was insanely windy. It was definitely the finer viewpoint although both hills were pretty good 8) Fortunately the humungous cairn gave shelter from the wind and I was able to sit and enjoy my lunch and a flask of tea whilst soaking up the views 8)



Looking down Loch Coulin towards Torridon
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Fuar Tholl, Sgorr Ruadh & Beinn Liath Mor
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Loch Carron with Southern Skye hills behind
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Slioch and the Fisherfield
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Kintail hills (left) and Sgritheall/Knoydart (right)
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Liathach
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Slioch
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Beinn Tarsuinn & Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair
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Ladhar Bheinn & Beinn Sgritheall
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The Sgurrs
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Think this might be the red cuillin
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Sun on the Fisherfield
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I could have sat there for hours, but figured it was a bit of a trek to get back. I couldn’t be bothered with trying to find the path into the corrie so figured I’d complete the horseshoe and drop off the end somehow (I’d worry about that bit later!)

Heading off there were a couple more sort-of-summits which I visited – looking back to the huge summit cairn
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Looking straight down the glen (Sgurr a’ Mhuillin in the distance)
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The ground got a bit soggy as I dropped, but fortunately it was only in the dip – looking back to Carn Breac as it drops steeply into the glen
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It was a really nice ridge and I was really glad that I’d decided to stay high. It was windy but not as bad as at the summit (with the exception of this gully where it turned into a wind tunnel and sent me scurrying after my hat :lol: )
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Loch Carron
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Loch Carron zoomed – the early evening colours were awesome
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A last glimpse of Slioch and the Fisherfield
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Looking back
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The ground was pretty good underfoot – there were traces of path here and there, and not too much bog. After a while it started dropping more steeply downhill and I could see Loch Sgamhain ahead
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Looking back
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As I started to drop down the final section I could see that the forest had been largely cleared (I hadn’t thought to check before I started the walk :lol: ) which made the descent a lot easier and gave the deer more hillside to play with
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Beinn na Feusaige – where it all began
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The evening light was stunning 8)
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I picked up an ATV track which led to the fence at a convenient gate – which was locked :roll: Once over the gate the boggy track led me to another gate and then I was on the old section of road. Nice to finally have solid ground under my feet :lol:
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It was an easy walk along the old road back to my car where the sun was just dipping behind the hill. A wonderful day out on some wonderfully quiet hills – sadly it was prelude to a disappointing week off in terms of weather, with the notable exception of a day on Skye…. :wink:
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Re: Glimpse of heaven - calm before the storm

Postby Sunset tripper » Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:07 pm

Nice one Jaxter. That looked like a crackin' day :D - I cant remember any decent days in February but plenty now. :(
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Re: Glimpse of heaven - calm before the storm

Postby dav2930 » Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:27 pm

Truly a heavenly vision from our confinement in these troubled times! Lots of fabulous pics there, but the compositional perfection of 'Looking down Loch Coulin towards Torridon' took my breath away. That has to be one of the finest views in the UK, comparable with the view of Loch Coruisk and the Cuillin from Sgurr na Stri?

At present Torridon seems like a wonderous world beyond our reach, all the more poignantly magical for that. Looking at those images of the sunlit heights, a hopeful thought came to me. When the day comes that we can pick up our trekking poles again and head up the mountain tracks, we might, just might, be walking into a better world.
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Re: Glimpse of heaven - calm before the storm

Postby BlackPanther » Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:09 pm

It is a fantastic circuit indeed, we did it twice already, and would happily repeat it again! That panorama is something special, certainly in the fantastic conditions you had. We always seemed to pick a windy day for these two :lol:

It's frustrating to be so close to the hills yet so far. I see the bulky shape of Ben Wyvis when doing my daily Boris walk. Feels like I can almost touch it :( :(
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Re: Glimpse of heaven - calm before the storm

Postby Mal Grey » Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:00 pm

Ah, so that's what those hills look like. I've driven past them so many times, and even mentioned them to the lads this year when we were staying at Gerry's, but the clag was too low and wind too strong and wet to motivate ourselves to do rounded humps without views!

Great report, as always, some great cloud shapes going on. I wonder if your "red cuillin" are actually the Sgurr na Coinnich group of hills just above Kyleakin? The angle of the view looks about right (yes I'm sad enough to draw a line on the map to try and work it out, that's what lock-down distracting has come to!)
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Re: Glimpse of heaven - calm before the storm

Postby Alteknacker » Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:30 pm

dav2930 wrote:Truly a heavenly vision from our confinement in these troubled times! Lots of fabulous pics there, but the compositional perfection of 'Looking down Loch Coulin towards Torridon' took my breath away. That has to be one of the finest views in the UK, comparable with the view of Loch Coruisk and the Cuillin from Sgurr na Stri?

At present Torridon seems like a wonderous world beyond our reach, all the more poignantly magical for that. Looking at those images of the sunlit heights, a hopeful thought came to me. When the day comes that we can pick up our trekking poles again and head up the mountain tracks, we might, just might, be walking into a better world.


Says it all - nothing to add! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Glimpse of heaven - calm before the storm

Postby jmarkb » Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:21 pm

Great report - looks much nicer than I would have guessed from what you can see of these hills from the road - and the views... :D
On my list for the next time I'm up that way!

Mal Grey wrote:I wonder if your "red cuillin" are actually the Sgurr na Coinnich group of hills just above Kyleakin?


It's the Rum Cuillin! The Sgurr na Coinnich group is out of shot to the left - both are visible in the "Loch Carron with Southern Skye hills behind" shot.
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Re: Glimpse of heaven - calm before the storm

Postby Mal Grey » Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:18 pm

jmarkb wrote:It's the Rum Cuillin! The Sgurr na Coinnich group is out of shot to the left - both are visible in the "Loch Carron with Southern Skye hills behind" shot.


So it is. Funnily enough, I thought that on my first glance, but convinced myself they were too close and the angle was wrong.
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Re: Glimpse of heaven - calm before the storm

Postby Jaxter » Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:28 pm

Sunset tripper wrote:Nice one Jaxter. That looked like a crackin' day :D - I cant remember any decent days in February but plenty now. :(

There weren't many, but I'd happily take the crap weather now if I was able to go out in it :lol:


dav2930 wrote:Truly a heavenly vision from our confinement in these troubled times! Lots of fabulous pics there, but the compositional perfection of 'Looking down Loch Coulin towards Torridon' took my breath away. That has to be one of the finest views in the UK, comparable with the view of Loch Coruisk and the Cuillin from Sgurr na Stri?

At present Torridon seems like a wonderous world beyond our reach, all the more poignantly magical for that. Looking at those images of the sunlit heights, a hopeful thought came to me. When the day comes that we can pick up our trekking poles again and head up the mountain tracks, we might, just might, be walking into a better world.

Thanks - yes it reminded me of Sgurr na stri/coruisk too! It does feel an awfy long way away - we will appreciate it all the more when we can get back there I guess :roll:



BlackPanther wrote:It is a fantastic circuit indeed, we did it twice already, and would happily repeat it again! That panorama is something special, certainly in the fantastic conditions you had. We always seemed to pick a windy day for these two :lol:

It's frustrating to be so close to the hills yet so far. I see the bulky shape of Ben Wyvis when doing my daily Boris walk. Feels like I can almost touch it :( :(

Aye stuck in my bed in Glasgow they feel even further away, although at least I don't have the frustration of being able to see them from my window :crazy:


jmarkb wrote:Great report - looks much nicer than I would have guessed from what you can see of these hills from the road - and the views... :D
On my list for the next time I'm up that way!

Mal Grey wrote:I wonder if your "red cuillin" are actually the Sgurr na Coinnich group of hills just above Kyleakin?


It's the Rum Cuillin! The Sgurr na Coinnich group is out of shot to the left - both are visible in the "Loch Carron with Southern Skye hills behind" shot.

Doh :lol: I spent ages drawing lines across maps, then malky and I had an argument about it. And we were still wrong :lol: I suppose I didn't think of islands because they seemed so far away!
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Re: Glimpse of heaven - calm before the storm

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:30 pm

Lovely - another route to add to the list that starts ... When lockdown is over ... Stunning photos.
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