Strathnairn small hills

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Creag nan Clag, Stac Gorm, Stac na Cathaig
Date walked: 06/08/2022
Distance: 9.5km
Ascent: 615m
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Summer in Strathconon: Meallan nan Uan and Sgurr a' Mhuilinn

Route: Sgùrr a' Mhuilinn and Meallan nan Uan, Strathconon

Corbetts: Meallan nan Uan, Sgùrr a' Mhuilinn

Date walked: 31/07/2022

Time taken: 2.7 hours

Distance: 10km

Ascent: 970m

Corbetts: Meallan nan Uan, Sgùrr a' Mhuilinn.
Date: 31/07/2022.
Distance: 10km.
Ascent: 970m.
Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes.
Weather: Sunny, warm.

Always a good walk for when I don't have much time available, this one...although the amount of time it takes to drive to the starting point (an hour for around 35 miles) eats up some of that time advantage! Having agreed to be home by 5pm so Jackie and I could go swimming in Loch Ness, I had probably set off a bit late to enjoy this round at a more leisurely pace. Still, the weather was probably some of the best I have had on these hills.

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No great imagination went into the day's route - I followed animal tracks and flagged bamboo canes up from Strathanmore into the mouth of the corrie before climbing more heathery slopes to Creag Ruadh. There is a bit of a path once on the ridge, and also fine views.

Creag Ruadh

Meall Giubhais

East down Strathconon

Beinn Dearg

Sgurr a Mhuilinn

Strathconon and the Black Isle

Sgurr Ruadh, Beinn Liath Mhor, Liathach and Beinn Eighe

Meallan nan Uan and Sgurr a Mhuilinn

Creag Ruadh

Meallan nan Uan

The final approach is quite steep and the summit of Meallan nan Uan is lovely and rocky - while it probably has the inferior views of this pair, it has the better top. Although I didn't deviate from the route I have almost always followed before I diod glance down at Loch Choire a' Mhuilinn and wonder if it would make a nice swimming spot. One to check in the future...

Creag Ruadh from Meallan nan Uan

West to Torridon

Loch Choire a Mhuilinn from Meallan nan Uan

Summit of Meallan nan Uan

Back to Meallan nan Uan

The initial descent is steep and bouldery but once down that it is easy walking on turf, including up onto Sgurr a' Mhuilinn on the far side. Higher up this becomes very short grass and the stroll to the summit is pleasant. Jackie and I had visited the two northwestern summits of this group a few years ago - well worth it and the only time I had ever done more than just the standard circuit of the corrie. However time was pressing today so I descended back towards the car instead.

Loch Choire a Mhuilinn

Sgurr na Lapaich and An Riabachain

North from Sgurr a Mhuilinn

Towards the Fannaichs

Sgurr nan Clach Geala and Sgurr Mor

Loch Luichart and Ben Wyvis

The top part of the ridge is almost an arete of sorts with a few rocky sections and a faint path. Before long both the path and ridge fade dropping you into heather. It is largely just a case of navigating the easiest line through the peat hags on the floor of the corrie from here and following the burn back to the final slopes to the car. Somehow I didn't quite descend these the same way as I went up them but it doesn't matter really as there is no single obvious route.

Descending Coire an t-Srathain Mhoir

Last descent to the car

While I had only paid a flying visit to the hills today, it was a welcome one. It was nice to relax a short while later in Loch Ness as well.

Loch Ness

Swimming with Jackie

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Abriachan and Carn na Leitire

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 29/07/2022
Distance: 6km
Ascent: 220m
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Carn Dearg and Creag Liath from Glen Banchor

Attachment(s) Munros: Càrn Dearg (Monadhliath)
Grahams: Creag Liath
Date walked: 23/07/2022
Distance: 21km
Ascent: 1000m
Comments: 1
Views: 160

Ord Hill

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 17/07/2022
Distance: 6km
Ascent: 230m
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Little Wyvis with dad

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Little Wyvis
Date walked: 16/07/2022
Distance: 10.5km
Ascent: 670m
Views: 248

Loch Kinellan and View Rock, Contin

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 11/07/2022
Distance: 10km
Ascent: 250m
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Carn na Leitire and Abriachan Woodlands

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 07/07/2022
Distance: 9km
Ascent: 350m
Views: 35

Rogie Falls from Contin

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 03/07/2022
Distance: 7km
Ascent: 180m
Views: 41

Craig Phadrig

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 26/06/2022
Distance: 2.5km
Ascent: 110m
Views: 47


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