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High pressure above Kintail and Loch Hourn
by rockhopper » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:16 am
Route description: Beinn na h-Eaglaise and Beinn nan Caorach
Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn na h-Eaglaise, Beinn nan Caorach, Sgurr an Airgid, Sgurr Mhic Bharraich
Date walked: 18/09/2017
Time taken: 13.6 hours
Distance: 31 km
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Sgùrr Mhic Bharraich – Monday morning
Parked in the car park beside the camp site at Shiel Bridge and set off down the track beside the Allt Undalain just before 0900hrs.
Go to Loch Coire nan Crogachan which had a surface like glass. Cut across the eastern end of the loch and set off up the hillside.
A bit cloudy at the top but dry and clear enough – looking towards Beinn Sgritheall
Some blue sky
The deer keds had been annoying on the way up – similarly on the way down. Not great numbers but enough to require ongoing brushing of arms, head and face to get rid of them. Took the more direct route back down – more or less eastwards then NE below 250m to rejoin the main track to get back to the car.
Sgùrr an Airgid – Monday afternoon
Short drive round and parked in the car park beside the ruins of St Dubhthac's Church and cemetery. Crossed the road, through the gate then NE up the path towards Beinn Bhuide.
Saw a bird soaring high above Morvich before it off flew off southwards. After some deliberation and thanks to some contributors on the Wildlife sightings forum, came to the conclusion that it was a juvenile golden eagle – extreme zoom and poor quality of the photos didn’t help.
Stayed with the path until branching off to head west to the summit – skirted round/through some boggy/peat hag sections then on to the top. At this point, I realised that I’d been using an 800asa all day so far from the last time I’d used the camera - not required due to the light level so switched it back to a lower setting.
Rum and Skye
It wasn’t as sunny as forecast but no complaints as it was dry and bright. Hung around at the top for a wee while before heading back down the same way.
Drove round to Glenelg – view toward the sisters from the side of the road.
Then down to find a picnic spot just north of Arnside to camp for the night. The sun was now showing an appearance. Tried some different settings on the camera for some shots.
Pitched the tent and made some dinner while watching the sun get lower and then set. Unfortunately the wind had dropped completely and the midges appeared.
Beinn nan Caorach & Beinn na h-Eaglaise – Tuesday morning
Up early, had breakfast then drove to the car park just before Corran. Set off about 0600hrs with the headtorch – initially back up the road then eastwards along the track which goes round the back of Glenfield cottage and up Glen Arnisdale. Turned north just before the bridge over the River Arnisdale, across some grassland, over another bridge and northwards to get to the zizgzag stalkers’ path.
Higher up there were some reasonable views back towards Loch Hourn.
Across Loch Hourn again
There was some light cloud and mist as I arrived at the summit of Beinn nan Caorach so I hung around for a while until it cleared.
Set off north down the slope above Coire Dhruim nam Bò
Beinn na h-Eaglaise and Beinn Sgritheall
Round above the corrie then on towards Beinn na h-Eaglaise
Straight up the ridge to the summit
Stopped for a break at the top before starting to head down southwards. Was in two minds about whether to take the direct route or go down over Beinn Bhuidhe.
Decided on the more direct route and set off steeply downwards close by the Allt a’Bhile.
This took a bit longer than I’d expected and wasn’t at all sure it ended up a shorter route than going down over Beinn Bhuidhe.
The car park was a bit busier when I got back to it. Stopped briefly for a last photo before continuing on back to Glasgow.
by Borderhugh » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:48 am
Some stunning photies there RH!
by SAVAGEALICE » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:51 pm
by ancancha » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:48 pm
Never easy to get a sharp focus wildlife shot
Still, an eagles and eagle
by malky_c » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:19 pm
by Cairngorm creeper » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:04 pm
by Graeme D » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:36 pm
by rockhopper » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:27 pm
It seems odd but I find myself looking upwards a lot more often these days than I ever used to and seeing a lot more - still find it difficult to get the camera out in time thoughancancha wrote:Never easy to get a sharp focus wildlife shot Still, an eagles and eagle
by ancancha » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:49 pm
rockhopper wrote::D Cheers allIt seems odd but I find myself looking upwards a lot more often these days than I ever used to and seeing a lot more - still find it difficult to get the camera out in time thoughancancha wrote:Never easy to get a sharp focus wildlife shot Still, an eagles and eagle
Same here rockhopper. Hoping to get a shot, even a look at my first bonafide eagle