The Brothers of Kintail

Route: Brothers Ridge - Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheirg

Munros: Aonach Meadhoin, Saileag, Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg

Date walked: 18/04/2010

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 11km

Ascent: 1220m

I had caught the bus down to Kintail with the Moray Mountaineering Club, fully expecting most of the others to be heading for the Five Sisters or the Saddle. I was pleasantly surprised to find I would have some company, as 4 others were also heading my way.

Alighting from the bus at the layby on the A87, we started the ascent up what is possibly the steepest half-k in Scotland. No chance to warm the legs up here, its Up, Up Up all the way. I huffed and puffed my way to the bealach, shedding layers as I went, and was rewarded with this fine view:
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the Five Sisters from the East.

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East from the bealach

Now the hardest part of the day was over and we could enjoy the ridge walk, in fantastic conditions. hardly a breath of wind and good visibility. Saileag was reached quickly and unremarkably but the good weather meant great views in all directions.

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Looking back to Saileag.

Soon we were ascending the snowy slopes of Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheirgh, the summit of which is out on an interstlingly narrow spur. There was a bit more snow up here, being the biggest hill of the day.
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Gigantic summit cairn

Onwards and downwards, quite a considerable loss of height between Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheairgh and Aonach Meadhoin. A wee break at the bealach, where pieces were had and views were admired, then it was up up and away again, following the steepening rocky ridge to Aonach Meadhoin. A wee snow shower chased us to the summit so we didn't linger here. Quite a lot more snow on this hill, particularly on the descent. However after crossing Sgurr an Fhuarail the snow soon disappeared and a long, gentle grassy ridge took us all the way down to the Cluanie Inn.
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Cairn at 864m

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The famous Cluanie Inn

A fantastic day out, in unexpectedly good conditions.

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Location: Moray
Occupation: Imagineer
Interests: Walking, scrambling and a wee bit of climbing
Activity: Scrambler
Mountain: Bla Bheinn
Place: Isle of Skye
Gear: Home made flapjacks!
Member: MCofS
Ideal day out: A long scrambly ridge

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