Non-essential travel is permitted only within your own local authority area.
You can travel upto 5 miles out of this area to begin exercise.
Click for details
Boriswalking with Black Panther: Beinn an Rubha Riabhaich
by BlackPanther » Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:57 pm
Date walked: 21/05/2020
Time taken: 3.5 hours
Distance: 13 km
Ascent: 487m1 person thinks this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Tackling the southern slopes also allowed us to add a second TUMP, Creag Mhor, to our little circuit. I was surprised by the superb views from this short walk. We will definitely return here in winter - easy access to high ground and ample room to park at the start of the walk from Loch Achonachie side.
From the main gate, it's "a long and winding road"...
Views open up very quickly. My attention was drawn to one hill in particular...
This is Sgurr Marcasaidh, a local Sub'2000er. Only 30m shy of being a Graham and a tough little mountain!
On this wider pano, we actually have three Sub'2000 Marylins. To the left, is Creag Loch nan Dearcag, Sgurr Marcasaidh in the middle and to the right, Carn Faire nan Con:
The fourth Sub'2000er, Torr Achilty, dominates the view over Loch Achonachie:
We gained about 200m in height and now we could see the forest of turbines above us. I'm not a fan of windfarms, but what choice do we have?...
Looking back down the track, we decided to return via this interesting little ridge, rather than retracing our steps through the turbine forest...
The Fairburn wind turbines are HUGE, much bigger than those on Cnoc Udais. And the noise they were making! Whoooosh! Whooosh! Too much time here and my migraine would come back with a vengeance!
As we were studying the hills on the horizon, we noticed that we were very close to the outlying tops of Carn na Coinnich, and they looked soooo tempting for another day!
Beinn an Rubha Riabhaich may be a nice hill in itself, bu the views are partially spoiled by the turbines...
The summit lies just 300m away from the end of the track by the last turbine, but we decided to leave the yellow brick road earlier to traverse a couple of peat-hag ridden lumps and bumps. Just to make it feel like a mountain walk...
Kevin on the wild side of the hill...
View south-west to Loch Orrin and the Glen Affric hills beyond:
The Fannichs now snow-free (mostly):
A wider western pano, including Carn na Coinnich and Sgurr a' Mhuilinn behind:
Kevin on his way to the summit:
The top of Beinn an Rubha Riabhaich is easy to find as it hosts a trig point. Another TUMP in our collection!
Weather had been cloudy and windy so far, but when we reached the top, we found ourselves under an unexpected sunny spell. Enough sun to make photos interesting and a good excuse to stay here a bit longer...
A shower passing over Beauly Firth and Inverness:
The controversial Cul Mor and Cul Beag seen from the north-western side:
Lovely views in all direction, including Strathconon hills, the Fannichs, a few glimpses of Torridon and - of course, why not? - another windfarm!
The easiest way back is to retrace your steps to the beaten track, but we preferred to do a circular, traversing to Creag Mhor, with only 32m of reascent it is hardly a tough job:
Kevin leading the way to the final climb of the day Let's pretend we are on Everest
View east from the summit of Creag Mhor, Cul Mor to the right:
One more TUMP in the bag:
By now weather was lovely, much warmer and quite sunny. From the top of Creag Mhor we had a good perspective to the nearby Sub'2 Marylin, Tor Achilty. Funny that having lived nearby for years, we never bothered to climb it. From my research online I know, this one is notorious. A lot of forest trashing. We actually walked the paths and tracks along Loch Achilty, and there is no easy access to the eastern end of Tor Achilty which is the highest point. Maybe one day, we will climb it, just to prove we can do it even if it involves fighting the trees with your fists
Kevin and Lucy posing on the easy summit
Lovely view down to the green fields of lower Strathconon:
From Creag Mhor we descended the wide, heathery ridge, plenty of rocks to pose on but also a lot of ticks hiding in the vegetation...
The last look to now sunny Ben Wyvis:
In two spots along the ridge we found shattered remains of something like mini-trig points? Single fence posts?
The windfarm track from above:
Finally, we crossed Allt Sgubach and returned to the beaten track which took us back to the main gate. The whole circuit was very enjoyable - as much as walking in the shadow of turbines can be. But in the current climate, I'll take any hillwalk! We can't be picky
by gld73 » Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:31 am
Your lockdown walks in the area are giving me some nice ideas for routes to do when I can't drive far (or have got out of bed too late to travel further away once we're allowed!)
by Thorny Wheeler » Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:43 am
- Thorny Wheeler
- Posts: 2
- Joined: Sep 28, 2020
Walkhighlands community forum is advert free
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by donating by direct debit?