Costa del Heilans day 2
by 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
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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
Behind you on this walk is 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. 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.
I was soon at the 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, 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. 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 which was only just opened when I was last up this far on the West coast
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.
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 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 and in need of a drink. Soon I was back at the car absolutely pooped 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, 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
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.
by dawnfoth » Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:19 am
by BoyVertiginous » Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:25 am
by dogplodder » Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:34 am
by tall-story » Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:21 pm
dogploddder, that also was one of my favourites, even more so with a Deanston Malt in my hand
by Silverhill » Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:51 pm
by spiderwebb » Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:41 pm
by Beaner001 » Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:28 am
by malky_c » Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:33 pm
by Phil the Hill » Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:56 pm
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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