First trip to Mull as Covid-19 looms large.

Route: Dun da Ghaoithe, near Craignure

Corbetts: Dun da Ghaoithe

Date walked: 13/03/2020

Time taken: 4.7 hours

Distance: 14.8km

Ascent: 843m

It has been a long time since I was out doing a new Munro. Early last November it was, up in Kintail doing the Five Sisters. Since then fitness has steadily deteriorated. Weather and circumstances just not working out right. More recently Coronavirus has invaded our shores.

At last a decent day comes along, with nothing else to hinder me. Travel restrictions were gradually getting introduced, but thought a trip within my own province was not too excessive and not being so fit, a Corbett like Dun da Ghaiothe, would make for a decent trip.

Early start to make the ferry from Oban. Still seemed about as busy as usual. Despite forecast DdG was shrouded in cloud at higher level as we left Bonnie Oban Bay. Enjoyed some nice views of snow capped hills to the north as the ferry made for the Sound of Mull, passing Lismore and Duart Castle.
Dun da Ghaoithe, in early morning cloud.
Eilean Musdile Light.

I can't say I was thrilled at the thought of walking to and from the walk start point, so decided to chance my luck hitching a lift. Sure enough I got lucky, picked up by a lovely young lass, hardly off the ferry. It's only a couple of miles out to Duart road end, but boy does it help!

From the start point, one is quickly faced with option of what road to take, as it splits left and right. Yes, you're right, I took the one to the left, which isn't right :D Quickly rumbled my mistake and returned to the road which rises steeply, then sharply turns to the left.
Mainnir nam Fiadh, the first top, left and Dun da Ghaoithe, the Corbett, at 766m right.

From there, it is a pretty straight forward land rover track much of the way. Quite a long way, felt my legs. Gradually one reaches the tall masts, then the spectacular view of the snow covered summit and "ridge" emerges, rounding a corner. Wow. That looks more like it!
Quite tasty looking.

Met a chap descending. He must have set off early? No, he had wild camped at upper mast. The previous day had been hellish weather. He tried for the top today, but had to abandon that plan as he'd run out of time needing to get an earlier ferry. Tough guy!
Beinn Bhearnach, left.

Anyway, I kept on up, gradually reaching the snow line near the upper mast. The views of the summit and Meall a' Choire Mhoire, were just superb. Soon made it to the first top, which has a trig point and large cairn. Great views back to the mainland, picking out some of the Glencoe hills and the Ben, just about.
Across to the summit.
Just about reached the first top, Mainnir nam Fiadh.
First top to the summit.

It's a nice walk over to the true summit, but, jeezo, it was cold! Took about 2.5 hrs to the summit. More great views of Ben More, Mull hills, etc though bit cloudy. Took as many pics as I could, but hands were frozen. Had to reverse use of hands, holding the camera with my right, operating shutter with left. (Rt hand had been holding walking pole, colder. Lt hand in pocket, warmer :lol: )
Cracking shot to Ben More. A'Cioch and Beinn Talaidh in between.
Beinn Talaidh. On the to do list..... god willing :)
Ben More. A' Cioch foreground.

Didn't hang around and made back for the first top. Much to my delight, one of the Yeoman fleet, the Yeoman Bontrup, was heading outbound from Glensanda, enabling me to combine hobby of shipspotting and hillwalking. Superb! The Bontrup has a troubled history, but will leave you to explore that.
Yours truly, at the summit - one of the coldest I remember.
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Looking back to the first top, Mainnir nam Fiadh.

Steadily wound my way down past the masts and back to the road, just under the four and three quarter hours. Time to exercise the thumb again and as before, soon got lucky with a lift back to Craignure. Plenty time for a pint at the hotel. No social distancing in place at this time, though I made ample use of the hand gel in my rucksack.
Firth of Lorn, but no' sure what is what?
Back to Mainnir nam Fiadh, the first top.
The Yeoman Bontrup, makes her turn for the Sound of Mull.
The Yeoman Bontrup.
Glencoe hills beyond Lismore. Fraoichaidh, Bidean na Bian, Sgor na h-Ulaidh, Beinn Fhionnlaidh and Beinn Sgulaird.
An impressive obstacle.
M.V. Sound of Mull.

All too soon I was back on the ferry reflecting on a fun trip to Mull. A few days later we learned of a case of Coronavirus on Mull, perhaps one of the earliest in Argyll and as they say, that was that :( Confined to barracks!
Missing the hills badly, but like every everyone else, just praying our family and friends all come through this disaster and we can go hiking again someday.
The Sound of Mull, heading back to Oban.
The Sound of Mull, off Duart Castle and Eilean Musdile.

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Comments: 5

The Five (-1) Sister's, a Lumpy Throat and Invisible Thumb.

Attachment(s) Date walked: 06/11/2019
Distance: 15km
Ascent: 1400m
Comments: 2
Views: 743

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Fraochaidh
Date walked: 14/10/2019
Distance: 15.5km
Ascent: 895m
Comments: 5
Views: 988

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Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Liath Mhor, Sgorr Ruadh
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Comments: 1
Views: 409

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Attachment(s) Munros: Ruadh-stac Mor (Beinn Eighe), Spidean Coire nan Clach (Beinn Eighe)
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Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1116m
Comments: 2
Views: 408

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Attachment(s) Munros: Maoile Lunndaidh
Date walked: 19/09/2019
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Ascent: 1005m
Views: 266

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Attachment(s) Munros: Sgurr Mor (Beinn Alligin), Tom na Gruagaich (Beinn Alligin)
Date walked: 25/08/2019
Distance: 10km
Ascent: 1110m
Views: 309

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Attachment(s) Munros: Moruisg
Corbetts: Sgurr nan Ceannaichean
Date walked: 24/08/2019
Distance: 12km
Ascent: 978m
Views: 317

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Attachment(s) Munros: An Socach (Affric), Mullach nan Dheiragain, Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan
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Distance: 21.7km
Ascent: 1550m
Comments: 10
Views: 1240

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Attachment(s) Munros: Sgurr na Sgine, The Saddle
Date walked: 23/06/2019
Distance: 13km
Ascent: 1350m
Comments: 5
Views: 700


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