Beinn Loinne - every weather in 1 walk

Corbetts: Beinn Loinne

Date walked: 30/04/2021

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 18km

Ascent: 630m

I'd headed to Glen Shiel hopeful that I'd do the 3 western munros of the South Glen Shiel ridge; the weather forecast was a bit mixed, but hadn't seemed too bad. As I approached the Cluanie Inn around late morning though, the ridge wasn't looking at all appealing (from what I could even see of it through the low cloud), so I decided just to park up there and do the corbett Beinn Loinne instead. Not generally as attractive option as a stunning ridge walk, but it was looking a lot more attractive under patches of blue sky than the rest of the Glen Shiel mountains were at that moment.
Reached Glen Shiel to find the middle of the south ridge looking like this. Hmmm. Maybe I'll leave it for another day!

Setting off from the car, and I was still happy with my decision to change to Beinn Loinne, I'd have been heading up into that clag otherwise

...whereas Beinn Loinne to the east,, beside Loch Cluanie was looking like it could stay clear

Looking north back to the Cluanie Inn and the ominous incoming low cloud

The boot of my car was filled with an assortment of walking footwear, but knowing that the first few kilometres were on a good track and the next section was famously boggy, I opted for a trainers and wellies combo. So a nice walk up the old road in comfy trainers up to the high point near where I'd previously struck off right up the good stalkers path to the munro Creag a'Mhaim, but which today I was leaving to the left to take a pathless route up the corbett ... a quick change into wellies, and off I trudged across the bog. Boots and gaiters actually would have been fine, but wellies meant less zig zagging around to avoid wet ground, I just stomped through most of the wet ground and only had to avoid the deeper pools and hags.
Time to leave the track and brave the bog

Not too wet a prospect given my footwear choice

Feeling rather glad I wasn't on the Brothers Ridge or doing the Five Sisters of Kintail today

It had stayed dry for the first half of the ascent, but I'd seen the unpleasant low clouds slowly moving my way and eventually the inevitable happened - some ominous gusts of stronger wind heralding the incoming hail shower, the hail then followed by light snow, before it all stopped again as I neared the summit. There were a couple of false rises where I thought I must be getting to the summit but wasn't, before finally coming across the short section of worn path where all pathless ascents joined to reach the cylindrical trig point.
Hail and snow showers had passed for my arrival at the summit; this view looking east

Zoomed south to Ben Nevis

Pano to the west - munros on the north side of Loch Quoich on the left, eastern end of the South Glen Shiel Ridge in the middle, north Glen Shiel mountains on the right under a horrible low grey cloud

The summit was a nice view point, and although there were plenty moments where the munros of the ridge looked lovely and clear, there were also plenty when they were smothered in cloud, so I didn't regret opting just to do the lower hill today. I've got the benefit of living close enough to wait for a properly clear day to enjoy the bigger mountains when I can get the good views.

I headed back roughly the same way with the reverse footwear change and brief rain showers on the way back.

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