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Attachment(s) Date walked: 05/11/2020
Distance: 2.9km
Ascent: 45m
Views: 8

Cnoc nan Cuilean, the Queen's Gatehouse

Corbetts: Ben Loyal
Sub 2000s: Cnoc nan Cuilean

Date walked: 28/10/2020

Time taken: 7.7 hours

Distance: 14.4km

Ascent: 1196m

A fine October day saw us heading west while the clouds drifted east. Ben Loyal was standing proud and inviting in the sun, and after much deliberation we decided to head that way. We started with Cnoc nan Cuilean, and me being me chose to go up the steep side. One of the steep sides.
Cnoc nan Cuilean
Lochan nan Cuilean
That was a climb and a half. If Ben Loyal is the Queen of Scottish Mountains then Cnoc nan Cuilean must be her gatekeeper.
Summit cairn
Coming attractions

After meandering around the slopes and stopping for lunch we headed across to climb her majesty. The route was, thankfully, less steep than before.
Looking back to Cuilean, Griams in the background
Ben Klibreck from Carn an Tionail
The occasional cloud grazed the upper ridge, but it was clear for most of the time we were up there. On the way along we detoured around about a dozen ptarmigan, which calmly watched us pass before making themselves scarce.
Ben Hope and Meallan Liath behind Sgor a Cheirich
Across to Beinn Stumanadh and Borgie Forest
We walked around the three steeper sides of the rock of An Caisteal, which is positioned like a crown but definitely looks like a castle to me.
The castle

Clouds were starting to roll in
The route down was interesting, firstly around the peat-bound Loch na Creige Riabhach, then following the matching Allt down its gulley.

Ben Loyal and friends form a nice horseshoe shape, so I suppose the bit in the middle could be called the sole or frog (it's certainly wet enough for a few frogs). By the time we got there the sun was going down, almost as if all the clocks in the country had been changed to make the evenings darker, so we had some fun bog-bashing in the dark. It was wet and uneven, but also calm and quiet and the going was actually fairly easy.

The moon emerged from the clouds after a while.

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Occupation: Quadrupole jockey
Activity: Wanderer
Pub: Any pouring Adam's Ale
Mountain: Ben Loyal
Place: Hammock
Gear: Para boots
Ambition: Unknown

Munros: 5
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 2
Sub 2000: 7
Islands: 4

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