Stay at home
Scotland is under national lockdown. People are asked to stay at home except for essential purposes.
Click for details
Beinn Mhanach from Achaladair farm
by gman » Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:13 pm
Route description: Beinn Mhanach
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Mhanach
Date walked: 09/03/2012
Time taken: 6.5 hours
Distance: 16.5 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Path from the farm up to the bealach was boggy and meant crossing a few streams. Had been here in autumn but rain & thawing snow was now gushing off the hills so had to detour to find reasonably safe places to cross. Also discovered that standing in a torrent looking for a submerged stepping stone will push gaiters past their tolerance leading to squelchy boots.
Finally made it to the top: there's a small cairn that marks the path up Achaladair then a larger cairn just behind it at the start of a faint stalker's path that traverses Achaladair towards Mhanach. Couple of streams to cross here too, one was snow covered:
Visibility was poor so kept following compass & looked out for a raised part of the valley below, was boggy here too & a few pools to avoid:
Got down to this point & took another bearing, I went straight to the bealach between Beinn a'Chuirn & Mhanach but heading slightly left to go around the ridge of Chuirn would avoid unnecessary ascent/descent. There's a ruined wire fence that's easy to cross but look out for coils of rusted wire on the ground. More fence between a'Chuirn & Mhanach with wooden gateposts to head through. After this it's an easy walk up to the cairn:
Rain was easing now so got the camera out on the return, here's the fence between a'Chuirn & Mhanach - wooden frames slightly right of centre:
Path up Mhanach:
Between a'Chuirn & Achaladair:
Looking towards Auch from the side of Achaladair:
I didn't follow the stalker path on the return, this was probably a mistake as the ground was a bit rougher & I forgot to go uphill, so had a steepish final ascent to the bealach. Started to get a few views on the way back to the farm:
There were also dozens of deer out on on the hills, glad I could provide interest as I squelched past.
by mrssanta » Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:11 pm
by Johnny Corbett » Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:50 am
mrssanta wrote:looks like a lot of surface water right enough! It's nice to see a different route for this hill, seems like a lot of people have been up there lately
Yes i agree it looks an interesting route and saves on the long walk along the track
by ChrisW » Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:36 pm
by jonny616 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:31 am
Walkhighlands community forum is advert free
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by donating by direct debit?