A nice pair to finish the year

Munros: Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain

Date walked: 16/12/2017

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 11km

our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

With a settled forecast and a final opportunity for the high tops before the year end we decided on a return visit into Inverlochlarig which lies to the west of Balquhidder along the north shore of Loch Voil. The temperature was down to -4 as we crawled along the single track road which had actually turned into an ice rink with layers of frozen ice. Keeping our fingers cross that we wouldn't meet a car coming the other way we eventually arrived at the end of the public road and were the first car to arrive.

Sunrise coming in as we set off.

We were away by 08.15am with everything looking promising for a fine day. We headed straight for height up the south shoulder of Beinn Tulaichean with the powdered snow not causing any great difficulty. It wasn't long before walked out of the shadows into full sun for the final rise to the summit cairn. Unfortunately, high level cloud continued to gathering and hazy, misty conditions were to remain for the majority of the day.

View west from Beinn Tulaichean shoulder

Final rise onto Beinn Tulaichean summit cairn

View to Cruach Ardrain from Beinn Tulaichean

The walk between the tops was straight forward but we took the precaution of fitting the crampons just to guard against encountering ice on Cruach Ardrain. Has it turned out they weren't really needed.

The view south to Inverlochlarig from Cruach Ardrain

We decided to retrace our route back over our first top to prolong our stay at height and open the possibility of picking up the sun on the descent. Fortunately we were rewarded and the low afternoon sun made for spectacular views of the southern peaks.

Route back to Beinn Tulaichean from Cruach Ardrain

View east along Loch Voil

A super day winter day with changing views and sky conditions. If you fancy tagging along why not take look at the movie of our day.

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).

Grey Corries East End

Attachment(s) Munros: Stob Ban (Grey Corries), Stob Choire Claurigh
Date walked: 18/11/2017
Distance: 15.5km
Comments: 10
Views: 615

Bridge of Orchy Pair

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn a'Chreachain, Beinn Achaladair
Date walked: 11/11/2017
Distance: 17.5km
Comments: 2
Views: 387

Beinn na Lap From Fersit

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn na Lap, Chno Dearg, Stob Coire Sgriodain
Date walked: 04/11/2017
Distance: 19km
Ascent: 1650m
Views: 369

The Ben & Co.

Attachment(s) Munros: Aonach Beag (Nevis Range), Aonach Mor, Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg
Date walked: 02/09/2017
Distance: 16km
Views: 500

An Teallach a classic mountain

Attachment(s) Munros: Bidein a'Ghlas Thuill (An Teallach), Sgurr Fiona (An Teallach)
Date walked: 25/05/2017
Distance: 11km
Views: 484

Beinn Dearg from Dirrie More

Attachment(s) Munros: Am Faochagach, Beinn Dearg (Ullapool), Cona' Mheall
Date walked: 21/05/2017
Distance: 22km
Comments: 1
Views: 631

Ben Alder Group

Attachment(s) Munros: Aonach Beag (Alder), Beinn Bheoil, Beinn Eibhinn, Ben Alder, Carn Dearg (Loch Pattack), Geal-charn (Alder)
Date walked: 06/05/2017
Distance: 52km
Views: 774

The Ring of Tarf (North Munros)

Attachment(s) Munros: An Sgarsoch, Carn an Fhidhleir (Carn Ealar)
Date walked: 18/02/2017
Distance: 25km
Ascent: 1000m
Comments: 1
Views: 639


Location: Fife, Scotland
Activity: Mountain Walker
Pub: None
Mountain: Torridon
Place: Torridon
Gear: Scarpa Boots
Member: None
Camera: Nikon D300 & GoPro
Ideal day out: Munro Bagging
Ambition: To complete my 5th round
Munro rounds: 4

Munros: 274
Corbetts: 15
Sub 2000: 6

Filter reports



Trips: 9
Distance: 189 km
Ascent: 2650m
Munros: 26

Joined: Feb 22, 2017
Last visited: Jun 21, 2018
Total posts: 11 | Search posts