Canoe across Loch Quoich

Munros: Sgùrr Mòr (Loch Quoich)
Corbetts: Sgùrr an Fhuarain

Date walked: 09/10/2016

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 10km

Ascent: 900m

I had been eyeing this trip for many years. The adventure of a boat across the loch seemed the ideal way across to this remote hill. Conditions were right- a scandinavian high pressure system that was static and has provided stable weather, but particularly little wind, for several days. It all looked right.
There were some waves on Loch Ness as I approached from the north, but blue sky and the sunshine on the autumn leaves were heavenly.
When I arrived at Quoich side about 11 am there were loads of cars and vans already. The conditions and forecast can't be much better and loads of folk had worked it out.
The off load and walk down to the water were ok, a track, slightly washed out towards the bottom. Loaded up and hugged the shore. There was a wind of about 5mph from the east, so there were waves of about 4-6 inches running. My boat isn't great in waves, so was wanting to turn side on to them. Running down with the wind was fine, and across to the other shore. The water level was really low, so my route is closer to the shore than it looks on the map.

The north approach to Sgurr an Fhuaran is aided by some really good stalking trails. I missed the junction up to Meall a Choire Bhuidhe and had to climb over rough stuff a bit, but its a great wee trail.
I came off Sgurr Mor down onto the bealach and into Coire Bhuidhe. The northern spur looked enticing, but there were stags bellowing aplenty all over it, so I took the low route.
The canoe over was a lot easier than the approach as the water was flat.

All in all, great day.
For novice kayakers like myself it needs perfect conditions and a stable weather system. The wind had got up during the day making it a bit sketchy on the approach, but I expected it would drop off as temperatures fell in the evening for the return and I was right. Maybe crossing in early morning and late evening would be the time to do this and get Gairich in too, though its a big climb up its west side.
A buoyancy aid is a must, and either a walk out or a skirt around the shore in choppy conditions could be sensible options if conditions are dicey.
I did this alone, maybe company would be best.

A great wee adventure.
The reports of Ben Aden from a similar approach look interesting.

Click to mark this as a great report. Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Comments: 5

revisit gael charn plateau- beware the visibility

Attachment(s) Munros: Geal Chàrn (Monadhliath)
Date walked: 17/09/2016
Distance: 10km
Ascent: 640m
Comments: 2
Views: 1685


Activity: Munro compleatist
Pub: Anderson, Fortrose.
Mountain: Paps of Jura
Place: Linlithgow Palace
Gear: A wooly hat.

Munros: 201
Corbetts: 13
Grahams: 7
Donalds: 1

Filter reports



Trips: 2
Distance: 20 km
Ascent: 1540m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1

Joined: Oct 25, 2015
Last visited: Apr 20, 2022
Total posts: 9 | Search posts