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Sannox-Cir Mhor-Caisteal Abhail- Sail an Im horseshoe
by ridgerunner » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:42 pm
Corbetts included on this walk: Caisteal Abhail, Cir Mhor
Date walked: 20/04/2014
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 13 km
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Now that i've retired, thought i would try a new circuit on Arran.
Have usually combined climbing Cir Mhor from the saddle , having walked up glen Sannox , followed by circuiting down the north sannox ridge. This ridge always takes a long time, i have never had the courage to try the Witches step scramble and i dont like the heavily eroded descent from Suidhe Fhearghas.
So thought i would descend from Caisteal Abhail via Sail an Im instead.
Glorious start to the walk up glen Sannox with perfect weather, Cir Mhor in the distance.
No wind at first and dry and hot.
Pleasant breeze ascending to the Saddle between Cir Mhor and north goat fell with great views around.
Having more time today decided to scramble up to the top of Cir Mhor rather than go up a grass gully and approach from behind. Initially offputting seeing some climbers on the left buttress [just visible]
Was deciding which way to scramble when joined by two of a group of walkers who also fancied the scramble and between us managed an enjoyable scramble and got there a lot faster than the traditional route.
After lunch at the top dropped to the permanently windy col then walked up to Caisteal Abhail.
Could now see the new planned descent over to Sail an Im.
I was surprised to find this descent was pathed all the way to the North Sannox burn where a very heavily engineered smooth path takes over and follows the burn to the roadside . This is a pleasant spot to wait for the bus.
Overall very happy with this new route and got great views of the north sannox ridge from a new perspective.
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