Torridon meet day 2: Cycle to Rua Reidh

Sub 2000s: An Cuaidh

Date walked: 11/11/2018

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 10.5km

Ascent: 350m

Sub 2k Marilyns: An Cuaidh.
Date: 11/11/2018.
Distance: 10.5km.
Ascent: 350m.
Time taken: 2 hours.
Weather: Sunshine greying over, with a couple of light showers.
A short walk in the middle of a 63 mile bike ride.

For day two of the meet, I could possibly have been tempted onto the high hills, but I fancied a decent cycle. Cycling seemed to be a great way to reach the not-very-interesting (but with great views) Marilyn of An Cuaidh without burning lots of extra diesel.

Beinn Eighe from Glen Torridon


Beinn Eighe

The day dawned bright and calm, and I was parked up in Kinlochewe before 11am. I had briefly considered cycling the whole way from Torridon, but knew I would run out of daylight at some point, so shortened things a bit. Although the route is out-and-back (I usually prefer a circuit), the scenery was good enough for that not to matter. Although I've driven the road along Loch Maree and round to Gairloch countless times, there's always something great about doing it at a slower pace - the chance to spot things not normally noticed.

Slioch across Loch Maree

Beinn a’ Mhuinidh

Beinn Airigh Charr across Loch Maree

Slioch from Slattadale

Loch Gairloch from Charlestown

The road was quiet on a Sunday, and the cycle round to Gairloch seemed almost effortless, with great views across Loch Maree. At the viewpoint just before Gairloch, I spotted Alan and Martin parked up - they were re-arranging their kit before heading off to a bothy. I stopped off for a chat and some food before pushing on through Gairloch and up through Sand and Melvaig, the skies a bit more overcast now. Still some great Highland and island scenery though, and Harris felt close enough to touch.

Beach at Gairloch

Trotternish from Gairloch


Baosbheinn and Beinn Alligin

Harris from Sand

Trotternish of Skye

Harris from Melvaig

I'm grateful for one of litljortindan's reports for showing me how interesting the cliffs and coast are around the corner from Rua Reidh, as it meant I could come up with a better walk than just plodding to the trig point on An Cuaidh. With this in mind, I left my bike down on the lighthouse road and walked up the tarmac road to within a short distance of the radio masts. It was a short hop over peat hags from here to the summit - not an exciting walk, but well worth it for the views of Assynt (Torridon and Skye would probably have looked good too, but rain was now moving in from this direction).

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Skye from An Cuaidh

Harris from An Cuaidh

Assynt from An Cuaidh

Fisherfield from An Cuaidh

Assynt and Loch Ewe

I headed back to the masts and a short way down the road before breaking off for Camas Mor. Assynt was always in view, and when I finally reached the edge of the crags, the beach and sea at the foot of them was spectacular 8) .

Cliffs at Camas Mor

Beach at Camas Mor

Camas Mor

Camas Mor beach

I picked up a bit of a path here which led back round to the lighthouse, then along the tarmac back to the bike. Small spits of rain were starting to fall, and out to sea looked spectacularly moody.

Moody skies from Rua Reidh

Rua Reidh lighthouse

Rua Reidh lighthouse

Back at the bike, I pedalled through a couple of heavier showers as the light faded. This was great - very atmospheric as I looked out to the Trotternish peninsula. There was something of a sunset visible from Gairloch, and the last light departed completely as I crossed back over to Slattadale.

Trotternish through the rain

Evening light over Skye

Last light at Sand

Approaching Gairloch

Sunset from Gairloch

Gairloch beach


All that remained was 10 miles or so of quiet road in the dark - even this was beautifully atmospheric, although a couple of deer bolting across the road alarmed me more than they do when I'm driving :shock: . Then back to the car shortly after 6pm for the short drive home.

An excellent meet - cheers to Hugh for organising it :D .

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Ascent: 820m
Comments: 2
Views: 189

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Ascent: 1260m
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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Leathad Mor
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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Beinn Dearg (Torridon), Little Wyvis
Grahams: Beinn a'Chlachain
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Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Sgulaird
Corbetts: Beinn Trilleachan
Sub 2000s: Beinn Mheadhonach
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Ascent: 2000m
Comments: 5
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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Drumcroy Hill, Dun Coillich, Knock of Crieff, Torlum
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Ascent: 735m
Comments: 4
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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Binnein an Fhidhleir
Sub 2000s: Glas Bheinn
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Distance: 15km
Ascent: 1080m
Comments: 2
Views: 213


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