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Its a far cry to Loch Awe ... Cruachan in cloud cuckoo land

Its a far cry to Loch Awe ... Cruachan in cloud cuckoo land


Postby Collaciotach » Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:48 pm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Cruachan, Stob Daimh

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn a'Bhuiridh

Date walked: 10/08/2012

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 1676m

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"Its a far cry to Loch Awe" say's the old Caimbeul slogan and i always think of the tribe of MacCailean Mor when in this part of Earra Ghaidheal under Cruachan's impressive flank.

Of course it was not always Campbell country around Loch Obha and Eóin MacDubhgaill or John MacDougall held this country before Diarmid's seed took root at Dunstaffanage.The Gaidheal know him better as Eoin Bathach and it was his misfortune to oppose Bruce at the Pass of Brander in 1308.

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Na craoibhean


Bha an t side ro cha air Dihaoine ............Friday was very warm and i was glad to clear the overgrown path and out into the coire below this fine horseshoe.

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Coire an Lochan


It is an easy enough route up to the Bealach,dry underfoot and with céo drifting in and out of the peaks around me i made the ascent very quickly and found myself in cloud cuckoo land with grand inversions !

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Beinn a Bhuiridh


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Binnien Bhuiridh is Laoigh air cuil


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Loch Obha


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Cárn a Mhullach


Suidhe sinn air a mhullach agus abair sealltainn :D ..... incredible light and cloud formations all around us so we sat at the top a just gawped :D

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Siar


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An druim anns a céo


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Neibhis is Gleann Eite


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Breagha


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Boidheach


It is difficult to pull yourself away from such scenes so after a good while on Cruachan we set off along the ridge toward an drochaid uaine

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Air an druim


The slabs were bone dry and the heat was now beginning to burn of the remaining morning mists so wee clambour on the rocks to get some scrambling in with such fine weather

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Sliabhan


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Drochaid Uaine


An cu was feeling the heat so a quick stop for an immersion :D

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An cu


Looking back it is a fair distance you cover coming down off Cruachan she is a magnificant hill altogether and abair latha .... what a day!

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Sealltainn air ais


Soon we were on Stob Diamh so off with the boots and an hours doze in the sun while contemplating whether to do A'Bhuiridh

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Carn is Loch Obha


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Cruachan


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Sealtainn air ais bho a Bhuiridh


We moved along the ridge and down into the bealach taking a direct ascent up A'Bhuiridh steep n loose in places but not to hard and we soon hit the mullach with more fine views to Loch Obha and Mhuile in the distance

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Loch Obha


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Larthna


Bha e latha fada .... A very satisfying day in glorious weather

I mentioned Eoin Bathach at the beginning which is Gaelic for "lame John" ..... perhaps he had a round on Cruachan to blame for his lameness !

Suas leis a Ghaidhlig :wink:

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An Cu is Cruachan air cuil
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Re: Its a far cry to Loch Awe ... Cruachan in cloud cuckoo l

Postby soapy27 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:09 pm

Awesome photos ! Can't beat a good cloud inversion .Immense
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Re: Its a far cry to Loch Awe ... Cruachan in cloud cuckoo l

Postby Bod » Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:20 pm

A stunning and special mountain, and what a great day for it :wink: :D :D
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Re: Its a far cry to Loch Awe ... Cruachan in cloud cuckoo l

Postby soulminer » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:26 pm

An Inversion and an Immersion on the same walk, luck follows you about 8) :lol: Cruachan has a habit of providing good days :wink: :)
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Re: Its a far cry to Loch Awe ... Cruachan in cloud cuckoo l

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:46 pm

soulminer wrote:An Inversion and an Immersion on the same walk, luck follows you about 8) :lol: Cruachan has a habit of providing good days :wink: :)
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ha nearly immersed myself as well :D
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Re: Its a far cry to Loch Awe ... Cruachan in cloud cuckoo l

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:47 pm

soapy27 wrote:Awesome photos ! Can't beat a good cloud inversion .Immense


No the inversion can't be beaten my fa ourite atmosphere on any hill :D
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Re: Its a far cry to Loch Awe ... Cruachan in cloud cuckoo l

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:48 pm

Bod wrote:A stunning and special mountain, and what a great day for it :wink: :D :D


Aye will be back in Winter would like to do it in snow :D
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Re: Its a far cry to Loch Awe ... Cruachan in cloud cuckoo l

Postby rockhopper » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:59 pm

what a cracker of a day you had - makes me rather jealous :sick: , didn't see a thing the day I was up here - cheers :D
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Re: Its a far cry to Loch Awe ... Cruachan in cloud cuckoo l

Postby davedanson28 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:29 pm

Stunning pics, looks like you had a special one. :clap: This is still my favourite mountain! :D
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