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Beinn Eighe - glimpses of heaven
by edjh » Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:21 pm
Route description: Beinn Eighe (western summits)
Munros included on this walk: Ruadh-stac Mòr (Beinn Eighe), Spidean Coire nan Clach (Beinn Eighe)
Date walked: 08/09/2015
Time taken: 10 hours
Distance: 18 km5 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
We stayed in the very nice Kirriemuir B&B in lovely Shieldaig, a perfect base for three days of climbing…
... and successfully Bheinn Eighe !
We followed the excellent anti clockwise route described here, and not much to add on the very clear route other than to share some photos from Heaven ! It was a good 9 hours on the mountain due to lots of photos, and the otherwise wondrous finish in the gloaming meant we got bitten to hell on our elbows by some nasties on the stalkers’ track that definitely had a bigger bite than a midge !
Anyway, to the photos…
And so to the walk, a little bit of a trot along the road then straight up, quite easy going as described.
Nice chance to explore the different spurs here, giving nice views all around before taking on the first Munro on an up and back excursion...
On the top you get great views all around, and back where you came and showing what's to come
It's a sensational succession of views.
Don't forget to keep looking back, the views are great all round !
Views to the side...
Now round the ridge, and there is a little sheep path that stops some up and down between the ridges - we found this by watching a fell runner apparently disappearing and then retracing his steps.
Looking East from the approach to Ruadh-stac Mhor
View West now comes clear
Having made the top we head back down then off down the right into the Coire, looks quite scary from the top but fine with hands !
Having made your way down at the bottom it takes a little while to get moving again.
Once you do, there are a succession of pools and then you reach Lochan Coire Mhic Fhearchair.
I have always wanted to skinny dip on a Munro, and finally did so. Look how beautiful it is !
This was actually a little foolish because a) it was (unsurprisingly in retrospect) heart stoppingly Baltic more than 6 inches below the surface and b) midges apparently love naked walkers trying to dry off in the Sun. Climbing partner laughing doesn’t help.
The lochan then becomes a beautiful waterfall with a lovely view of the amazing empty spaces here.
It's beautiful walking down from the waterfall to the glen.
Again, it's hard to keep moving since the 360 scenery is jaw dropping. My triple buttress photos weren't up to much, so at least I saved you those !
The walk back round the side is really easy going, but quite a way, so plan some time for this part if someone is meeting you.
Fortunately we only had a final meal and lash up at The Shieldaig Inn to consume.
What a day, and thanks to all you WH massive for all the information that helps relative newbies like me to enjoy them !
- View of Spidean Coire nan Clach and the Eastern peaks from the top of the headwall
by BobMcBob » Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:25 pm
I have never admitted this in public, but I skinny dipped in Loch Coire Mhich Fhearcahir....... and got some bites in nasty places It's a lesson you only need to learn once
by Huff_n_Puff » Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:05 pm
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