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Winter's End in a Spectacular Torridon...

Winter's End in a Spectacular Torridon...


Postby wilkiemurray » Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:24 pm

Route description: Meall a'Ghiubhais, Loch Maree

Corbetts included on this walk: Meall a' Ghiubhais

Date walked: 12/03/2016

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Meall a’ Ghiuthais

Film of day



There have been signs of good weather in the last few weeks and even at the weekend the sun has come out. I hadn’t been up to Torridon for a while so headed north arriving at the Glas Leitire car park a little before noon.

Things were looking good and blue skies dominated with a white capped Slioch looking rather good across the waters of Loch Maree. The forecast was for cloud to spill in from the west later on but I hoped to beat this and get some views and photographs from the top before the cloud capped the magnificent Torridon Mountains….

The walk through the pinewood was fantastic and felt very spring like in the sun with the dancing flies out and about! The path is probably one of the most engineered (in a good way!) I have seen. Steps cut into the rock and even cross hatching scribed into the rock to prevent slips.

Imageslioch by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageLoch Maree and Slioch by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr



A lot of work had gone in to this!! Numerous cairns mark the way and soon I was reaching the small peak of Leathad Buidhe at around 450m. The views were amazing. The Beinn Eighe Massif dominated the south with wide spread views east and North, a great viewpoint on its own and worth a trip even if you don’t fancy a Corbett into the bargain. A photo stop was had ad I snapped happily away 

ImageTorridon selfie black and white (1 of 1) by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr


The exposed location meant that the breeze had picked up here and after a few snaps, I was soon on the go and ascending the steeper slopes towards Meall a’ Ghuithais. I kept to the wind scoured slopes as I didn’t fancy treading across loaded open slopes! If I thought the views from Leathad Buidhe were good, the summit views only got better with Torridon spread out before me. The summit sits on a perch high above the Glen below and Beinn Eighe, Alligin and Dearg all looked superb with their white coats on.

ImageSpidean Coire nan Clach by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

ImageTorridon skies by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr


After more photos and filming I was soon heading down aware that sunset was approaching. I took the western branch of the path down which was a good option as it was slightly less steep but still beautifully made.
A fine outing on a fine winter’s day with grand views of one of Scotland’s finest areas.

ImageMeall a' Ghiuthais by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr

Imagesteps and clouds by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr
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Re: Winter's End in a Spectacular Torridon...

Postby Alteknacker » Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:28 am

Breathtaking pics (but no surprise there!). Wonderful :clap: :clap: :clap:

The vid is pretty amazing too - very professional-looking; and the drone shots really do provide an interesting perspective. Great stuff. Keep doing these, please!
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Re: Winter's End in a Spectacular Torridon...

Postby Borderhugh » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:29 am

Even the wee hills can muster up great views and feel special. As usual a great video. You set the standard for films on WH! :clap:
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Re: Winter's End in a Spectacular Torridon...

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:19 am

Mesmerised by your beautiful pictures.
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Re: Winter's End in a Spectacular Torridon...

Postby tweedledog » Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:37 am

Great stuff. Loved the video. Thanks for this.
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Re: Winter's End in a Spectacular Torridon...

Postby Jaxter » Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:48 pm

Wow :shock: :clap: :D

Can't get out this weekend but getting a good dose of mountain porn here :lol: Thanks! :D
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Re: Winter's End in a Spectacular Torridon...

Postby berenos » Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:35 pm

Fantastic report with brilliant pics. Loved the video too, very inspiring, can't wait to get back to Torridon!
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Re: Winter's End in a Spectacular Torridon...

Postby Andy74G » Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:00 pm

Another fantastic report :clap: :clap: :D
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Re: Winter's End in a Spectacular Torridon...

Postby Strathdrynie » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:28 am

Wow great report! Love film and gives a real sense of what to expect. Hopefully heading there tomorrow :D
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