Strathconon weekend wander

Corbetts: Bac an Eich, Meallan nan Uan, Sgurr a'Mhuilinn

Date walked: 12/08/2018

Time taken: 11.5 hours

Distance: 39km

Ascent: 2450m

Corbetts: Sgurr a Mhuilinn, Meallan nan Uan, Bac an Eich.
Date: 11 and 12/08/2018.
Distance: 13km + 6km + 20km.
Ascent: 1220m + 340m + 780m.
Time: 5 hours + 1 hour, 15 minutes + 5 hours, 10 minutes.
Weather: Still, grey and clear on Saturday, breezy and claggier with eventual rain on Sunday.

We had been trying to come up with some routes around Kingussie and Glen Feshie for this weekend, but without bikes, we just couldn't settle on something which suited us. Instead, I suggested Strathconon which ended up working out way better. Jackie was driving again, and we headed off late on Saturday morning, parked up and ready to walk at Strathanmore shortly before midday. Today's route would mostly be one I have been around a number of times before, but we would also include the summits of Sgurr a' Choire-rainich and Sgurr a' Ghlas Leathaid, which overlook the Achnasheen road up Strathbran. These have been in my sights for ages but keep getting left out as Strathconon is often somewhere I come when I only have a small window to go walking in.

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Carn na Coinnich

We opted to go anti-clockwise. A lack of breeze meant that even though it was overcast, it was warm and clammy, and there were lots of bitey things out including flies and midges. Even reaching the summit of Sgurr a' Mhuilinn barely helped with getting rid of these.

Heading up Sgurr a' Mhuilinn

NE to Ben Wyvis. Sample torture in foreground


Driven insane by bugs, we carried on easily to Sgurr a' Choire-rainich, which we agreed would make a brilliant spot for a summit camp. There was a little more breeze here, so we had a break and admired the Torridon and Fisherfield hills, which were close by.

Approaching Sgurr a' Choire-rainich

Loch a' Chroisg and Torridon

NE from Sgurr a' Choire-rainich

Sgurr a' Ghlas Leathaid presented a similar vista, before we traversed back around the flank of Sgurr a' Mhuilinn to Meallan nan Uan. While this doesn't have such wide-ranging views, it is probably my favourite summit in the range. Still I was glad to have finally visited the outlying tops, as they definitely add something worthwhile to the usual walk :) .

Northern Monar hills

Meallan nan Uan


Then down and along to Creag Ruadh before descending pathlessly back to the car (I'm convinced there is a bit of a path somewhere on this hillside, but I haven't found it yet!)

Strathconon from Meallan nan Uan

Sgurr a' Mhuillin from Meallan nan Uan

Meallan nan Uan from Creag Ruadh

Strathfarrar hills from Creag Ruadh

East down Strathconon

Bac an Eich

That had been a nice easy day (which we had both wanted), but we weren't quite done. It was time to load up the heavy bags and wander over to a convenient abode....somewhere.

A fire, somewhere

The next morning, the wind was up a little more and the cloud was down. The plan was to cross over into Glen Orrin and take a long low level wander westwards before looping back over Bac an Eich. This was a good use of a day which wasn't overly inspiring on the summits.

Approaching Creag a' Ghlastail

Creag a' Ghlastail

East down Glen Orrin

Having passed Creag a' Ghlastail, Am Fiar-loch and the eastern end of Loch na Caoidhe, it was time to climb upwards to Torran Ceann Liath. The paths were good in the area, which would allow for a pleasant low-level circuit.

Am Fiar-loch

Loch na Caoidhe

At the top of the pass, we opted to dump our bags and do a quick out-and-back to Bac an Eich as the weather wasn't looking that exciting. There is a stalkers path up the southern flank of the hill - un-marked on the 1:50k map and only hinted at on the 1:25k map - in fact it takes you quite nicely up to around 670m (although it becomes a bit indistinct in a couple of places). Nothing to see at the top, so we didn't hang around.

ImageBac an Eich summit

Back at the bags, it was an easy tramp down Gleann Chorainn, where the cloud lifted a bit but the rain also came on lightly. The last obstruction to navigate is the cattle grid between Inverchoran and the road, which has gaps which drop right into the river below the bridge. Not great for dogs crossing, and Jackie seemed to find something unsettling about it too :lol:

Gleann Chorainn

Cattle grid of doom

We made the car before the rain became too heavy. Not a weekend that can really match up to Rum and Eigg a couple of weeks earlier, but a nice trip out nonetheless 8)

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Evening skive above Flowerdale

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Meall an Doirein, Sithean Mor (Flowerdale)
Date walked: 07/08/2018
Distance: 13.5km
Ascent: 880m
Comments: 1
Views: 121

An Eiggstraordinary ascent of An Sgurr

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: An Sgurr (Eigg)
Date walked: 31/07/2018
Distance: 21km
Ascent: 745m
Comments: 3
Views: 126

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Ainshval, Askival
Grahams: Trallval
Date walked: 30/07/2018
Distance: 39.5km
Ascent: 2970m
Comments: 4
Views: 237

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Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Mheadhoin, Ben Macdui, Derry Cairngorm
Date walked: 22/07/2018
Distance: 54km
Ascent: 2450m
Comments: 1
Views: 187

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Beinn na h-Iolaire, Dun Caan (Raasay)
Date walked: 16/07/2018
Distance: 20.5km
Ascent: 990m
Comments: 2
Views: 179

Orbost to Neist in the **** rain

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Attachment(s) Date walked: 14/07/2018
Distance: 29km
Ascent: 1100m
Views: 29

A return to the ridge: Bruach na Frithe and Am Basteir

Attachment(s) Munros: Am Basteir, Bruach na Frithe
Date walked: 13/07/2018
Distance: 13km
Ascent: 1200m
Comments: 3
Views: 190

Pre-meet warmup: A mini-tour of Lewis and Harris

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Beinn Dhubh (Harris), Cracabhal (Lewis), Mealaisbhal (Lewis), Roineabhal (Harris), Tahabhal (Lewis)
Date walked: 12/07/2018
Distance: 34km
Ascent: 2250m
Comments: 1
Views: 153

Summit camp on Suilven and some more Assynt goodness

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Quinag - Sail Gharbh, Quinag - Sail Gorm, Quinag - Spidean Coinich
Grahams: Suilven
Date walked: 06/07/2018
Distance: 35km
Ascent: 2170m
Comments: 6
Views: 333


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