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Is that a huge cairn or are you pleased to see me?

Corbetts: Beinn Mholach

Date walked: 26/05/2018

Time taken: 7.15 hours

Distance: 24.9km

Ascent: 843m

With 2 days of glorious weather forecast I had a 2 day trek planned; however when I woke up first thing on Saturday I could feel a niggle in my knee. After wandering around the flat and stretching it improved but a 2 dayer didn’t seem like such a great plan after all :shock:

Throwing a dart at the map (not literally – I’d miss :lol: ) I hastily grabbed a different rucksack and jumped in the car, only an hour behind schedule :roll:

Arriving at Loch Rannoch the weather was incredible and the views down Loch Rannoch were awesome 8)
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I parked near Craiganour and headed up the track towards the house (not before applying liberal amounts of suncream 8)

A few climbed fences later I was past the house and looking back on Loch Rannoch
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I crossed over the wee bridge as I’d noticed a short-cut… :roll:
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The bridge led to a weird structure :shock:
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I climbed up the side of the bizarre building and crunched my way across heather, which soon became short and very spiky trees which were ripping my legs to shreds :shock: And then it turned out that someone had planted an actual forest since the map was made…. I then had to climb a high deer fence and I was back on the track… so much for shortcuts :roll:

Looking back
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I wiped the worst of the blood from my legs and the sweat from everywhere else :lol: But at least I was now on a good track and was able to make some actual progress now :roll:

A first glimpse of Beinn Mholach
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Looking back – Schiehallion dominating
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It was very very warm and I was noticing the lack of water in all the burns – usually a good thing for me :lol: but potentially an issue for refilling :shock:

Arriving at the Ruidhe an t-Sidhein (which was a wee tin shed) I managed to find some running water for a top-up before turning right on a much less distinct track towards Beinn Mholach.

Schiehallion was still the most striking hill around!
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I had scoped out my route up Beinn Mholach as I approached, but now arriving at my hill I actually picked up a wee track which was a bit intermittent but it was nice to have something to follow.
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It was somewhere around here that my ribs started hurting….typical :roll: I slowed my pace right down and plodded my way upwards. Plenty of excuses to stop for photos :wink:
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Bridge of Orchy and Black Mount hills
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Finally at the top I was rewarded with awesome views 8)
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Looking down Loch Rannoch towards the Bridge of Orchy and Black Mount hills
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Loch Rannoch and Schiehallion
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I did wonder this at the time but after checking the map I think this is towards Nevis & the Mamores
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This could be the Glencoe hills
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Ben Alder
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Loch Errochty with Beinn a’ Ghlo behind
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Schiehallion
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Schiehallion and Loch Rannoch
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I sheltered behind the MONSTROUS summit cairn to rest for a while and shelter from the wind (and sun :lol: )

Ben Alder again
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The views actually seemed to be getting clearer as I sat in the sun
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Jaxter pose!
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Quite a striking summit (yes of course I climbed it, sore ribs or no!)
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Drumochter hills
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This gave me an idea of where I was going next!
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After I had sat in the sun for ages I reckoned it was time to get going. I headed down the ridge towards Creag nan Gabhar, following a nice wee path this time.

Looking back, the cairn looked insanely huge :shock:
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Looking to Ben Alder again
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Schiehallion again
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The descent here was a joy – there was a path and the estate had put planks of wood across the boggy bits (which weren’t boggy as everything was bone dry 8) ) and before long I was able to see Duinish Bothy
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Meall na Leitreach and Loch Garry – which gave me a few ideas for when I come to climb this hill
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Crossing over the track I made a wee diversion to Duinish Bothy which was very clean and tidy and well stocked. There were a lot of newspaper cuttings in one of the rooms which was a wee bit odd…. :shock:
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I had another wee rest (I mean suncream stop :wink: ) outside the bothy as I contemplated the 8km walk back to the car (Yes, I got the map out and counted :shock: )

Looking back to Loch Garry (and the A9 in the background)
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Beinn Mholach
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Loch Garry again
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Loch Garry and Meall na Leitreach
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Duinish Bothy
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I’ll admit that this section wasn’t my favourite bit of the day :lol: The scenery was lovely but my ribs were hurting and it was SO hot :shock:

Looking back – Beinn Mholach again
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A last glance
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Oh look who’s back :lol:
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Loch Rannoch again
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Any excuse for a breather – a panorama
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Nearly back at Craiganour….
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Back at the car I discovered that my Twix had melted :( Gutted…. After cooling off I drove down the road a bit and found myself an awesome camp spot with a wee sun trap 8)
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It was a gorgeous spot, with enough of a breeze to keep the bugs away. I had an awesome evening with no phone signal :thumbup:
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It was such a lovely evening that I finally crawled into bed and left the tent open to enjoy the fresh air….which meant when I woke up at 2am I was able to play with night mode from the warmth of my cocoon :thumbup:
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The next time I woke up it was light and shaping up to be an awesome morning!
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I dozed for a while before getting a brew on :thumbup:
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Eventually I got myself together and packed up. Looking down Loch Rannoch from Kinloch Rannoch
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I had decided to preserve the ribs by not walking today so went for a relaxed drive home, stopping off for a wander followed by tea and cake in Kinloch Rannoch….

The church where I did a concert about 5 years ago…
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The same shot of Schiehallion that I got 5 years ago
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The one from 5 years ago….
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Loch Tummel
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Loch Tummel from the Queen’s View
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It was nice to be home nice and early, although I still didn’t manage to get my washing done :lol:


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