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Costa del Heilans day 2

Costa del Heilans day 2

Postby tall-story » Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:21 am

Corbetts included on this walk: Quinag - Sail Gharbh, Quinag - Sail Gorm, Quinag - Spidean Coinich

Date walked: 22/07/2014

Time taken: 5.75 hours

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Day 2 started with a beautiful clear sky, and after a wee while waiting on the sun drying the dew from the tent it was soon packed away and I was on my way down the coast to Quinag. This is another group of hills that I had seen years ago and just had to come back to see them a bit more intimately rather than just a drive by. Its not long from Scourie and you soon get your first glimpse of this stunning mountain (even more so In the morning light)
quinag 3

Before long I was booted and ready to go and she looked just fine from the car park, and as it was already around 20C I thought I would remove the bottom part of my trousers, which was great but later I would live to regret :shock:
car park view of quinag

Behind you on this walk is Glas Bheinn
glas bheinn
which if I have time I am going to climb tomorrow. Onwards following the obvious path for maybe 200mts and it takes a sharp left turn and that soon takes you to the obvious ridge which you follow to the top of the first summit of the day. its a bit slabby which could give problems in winter with ice, but overall its pretty easy.
very slabby take care in winter
on the way up thus shoulder your eyes are drawn to your left and to Loch Assynt and the isolated hills of Suilven, Canisp, Stac polly, Cul Mor etc which were all looking just fantastic in the, still early light.
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What a view- Loch Assynt

I was soon at the summit of Spidean Coinich
summit of Spidean Coinich
and the views were just superb all around and you also get a fairly descent view of the rest of the days walk. Summit photo taken and it was off again,
Sail Garbh on the right withSail Gorm just peeking out on the left of middle
Ben more etc
canisp suilven and loch assynt
fairly cautiously down the ridge leading to the Bealach a` Chornaidh then up again to the 745mt point and onwards to Sail Gorm. It really is a fairly easy walk but with all the photo opportunities it took me fair while to get to the second summit Sail Gorm and the views when you get there are just superb.
North towards Scourie etc
With a wee walk north you can get some better views and one in particular was a reminder to me just how long ago it was since I first thought of walking these hills, and that was the Kylesku Bridge
kylesku bridge
spidean choinich from sail gorm
Local Flora
which was only just opened when I was last up this far on the West coast :crazy:
Spidean Coinich

Next was a simple matter of re tracing your steps back to just short of the 745mt top and take a slight left to by pass the summit and head towards Sail Gharbh which again is a fairly easy if slabby walk to the summit.
Sail Gharbh summit

Photos taken and it was time to start my retreat back down and by this time it must have been 22-25Deg at the top :shock: The walk out is easy enough if a bit of a slog, and as I got closer to the wee loch that feeds the Allt na Bradahn
I was seriously thinking of a dunking as by this time the sweat was rolling and it was boiling hot, so hot even my jelly snakes were wilting :wink: and in need of a drink.
wilting Jelly Snakes
Soon I was back at the car absolutely pooped :o the heat just drained me where normally I don't bother too much about it.

After a change of top, I was on my way to Lochinver for a wee drive as I had heaps of time to use before bed time,
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Quinag from Lochinver road
it was just then that I got a txt from one of the Rangers at my work bumming about sunning herself at Ullapool and how great it was, she said she was going to be there for the next couple of days so I suggested we meet up for a pint or 2 at the camp site as that was my plan anyway, plan made for later and I was away to be a tourist in Lochinver and to enjoy a very welcomed ice cream on the beach, before my onward journey to Ullapool and the promise of a fish supper and a couple of beers and maybe a dram or 2 :D
Cul mor-Cul Beag and Stac Polly

I was soon at Ullapool with the tent up, it was time to get fed and watered and after a quick call caught up with Claire and her partner and arranged to meet later on the beach for a dram which I duly did, and it was just the best end to a superb day on the hills even if my legs were a bit raw with sunburn.
Sunset at Ullapool
Drams by the Beach fire :-)
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Re: Costa del Heilans day 2

Postby dawnfoth » Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:19 am

Wow!! Day 2 was waaaaaay better! :lol: Looks absolutely fantastic :D Though I do think the sun went to your head as well with those yummy wilting snakes edging their way into the water to cool down :lol:
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Re: Costa del Heilans day 2

Postby BoyVertiginous » Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:25 am

Magic, despite all the great pics, the jelly snakes win! :lol:
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Re: Costa del Heilans day 2

Postby dogplodder » Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:34 am

Stunning part of Scotland superbly captured...... but my personal favourite is the beach fire and sunset. :D
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Re: Costa del Heilans day 2

Postby tall-story » Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:21 pm

Thanks again guys :D Hey Dawn, the sun didn't only go to my head it also got my legs in a big way :oops: that's why there is only one summit photo, I couldn't possibly subject walkhighlanders to any shots of my uncovered legs :roll: And those Snakes are determined critters when they need to be :crazy:

dogploddder, that also was one of my favourites, even more so with a Deanston Malt in my hand :wink:
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Re: Costa del Heilans day 2

Postby Silverhill » Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:51 pm

Lovely day, great hills and a beach fire, what more can you wish for! 8)
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Re: Costa del Heilans day 2

Postby spiderwebb » Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:41 pm

Wow, you picked the right days, I'll have to come with you, more great pics of one of my favourite areas :D
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Re: Costa del Heilans day 2

Postby Beaner001 » Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:28 am

Awe man, that beach scene is awesome, great pic. I'd prob have a few too many drams and wake up with the tide lapping up against my coupon :lol:
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Re: Costa del Heilans day 2

Postby malky_c » Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:33 pm

That looks like a proper holiday. I particularly like the photo of the Kylesku bridge... will be up that way again in a week or so, I hope :D
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Re: Costa del Heilans day 2

Postby Phil the Hill » Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:56 pm

The beach by the campsite in Ullapool is a great place to watch the sun set behind the Summer Isles whilst sipping a wee dram. Must post my photos from last May.

When I first went up that way, there was a ferry at Kylesku (shows how old I am :( - though I was just a kid at the time). The bridge was there by the time I bagged Quinag, though, and I remember looking down at that view and remembering further back to the ferry.
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