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Lochs and islands on the long way home from Glasgow

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Attachment(s) Grahams: Fiarach
Sub 2000s: Ardsheal Hill, Beinn Lora, Càrn Breugach (Kerrera), Na Maoilean
Date walked: 02/05/2021
Distance: 40km
Ascent: 1790m
Views: 3


Beinn Ghobhlach summit camp

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Attachment(s) Grahams: Beinn Ghobhlach
Sub 2000s: Cnoc a'Bhaid-rallaich
Date walked: 25/04/2021
Distance: 11km
Ascent: 860m
Views: 4


Pressendye & Carn Daimh

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Attachment(s) Grahams: Pressendye
Sub 2000s: Càrn Daimh
Date walked: 18/04/2021
Distance: 19km
Ascent: 750m
Views: 3


Snow and sunshine - 3 nights on Skye

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Attachment(s) Grahams: Beinn na Caillich (Kylerhea), Sgùrr na Coinnich
Sub 2000s: Beinn nan Carn, Ben Meabost, Sgùrr na h-Iolaire
Date walked: 12/04/2021
Distance: 35.5km
Ascent: 1765m
Views: 9


Phoineas Hill

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Date walked: 04/04/2021
Distance: 4.5km
Ascent: 130m
Views: 10

Back out amongst the biggies - Torridon overnighter

Grahams: Creag Dhubh Mhor
Sub 2000s: Seana Mheallan

Date walked: 03/04/2021

Time taken: 10.8 hours

Distance: 20.5km

Ascent: 1120m

Grahams: Creag Dhubh Mhor.
Sub 2k Marilyns: Seana Mheallan.
Date: 02 and 03/04/2021.
Distance: 8.5km + 12km.
Ascent: 450m + 670m.
Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes + 6 hours, 45 minutes.
Weather: Warm, sunny and calm, although occasional breeze still freezing.

After a winter of sticking (relatively) close to home, a relaxation in restrictions made us feel more comfortable about visiting the wider parts of our council area. Living in the Highlands is great for this - even with a restriction on moving across local authority borders, you could spend the rest of your life exploring the majority of the best bits of Scotland.

Good Friday and the Saturday after had a stunner of a forecast, with things deteriorating into strong winds and Winter: The Revenge shortly afterwards, so after some thought we decided to head for Torridon. Having forgotten what was needed for an overnight trip, we didn't exactly get moving early, and it was after 2pm when we set off from Annat for Seana Mheallan. We had decided to start with a shorter walk then do something a little more challenging on the Saturday if Jackie was up for it.


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Seana Mheallan from Torridon

The weather was better over here than on the east coast, although still with less sunshine than expected. Setting off along the southern bank of the River Torridon, good track soon became less distinct path. We aimed for what looked like a bridge over the Abhainn Thrail only to discover it was long gone. This didn't matter too much, as just before Christmas we had spotted another unmarked bridge further upstream.

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Liathach and a missing bridge

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Jaxter

There were traces of quad bike trail heading for an unmarked fenced plantation near the bridge we were after, but we decided to follow the old stalker's path up the bank of the river. Slow and heathery, but worthwhile for the scenery.

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Falls on the Abhainn Thrail

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Waterfalls

At the fenced enclosure around the planted area, we entered through the gate and immediately crossed the bridge. We knew that we would have to climb back out of here over a deer fence again, but the bridge was on the inside of the enclosure.

Crossing back over the fence wasn't too much of a trial, and after an initial descent into a heathery ravine, the ground became better, with lots of walking across sandstone slabs.

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Maol Chean Dearg

We had been going reasonably well up to this point, but the steeper ascent tired Jackie out, and after negotiating a small gully to avoid the initial nose of Seana Mheallan, she had to lie down and die for a bit! Fortunately the sun came out at this point, making the break very pleasant (probably the first time this year we've been able to just sit down and rest without having to wrap up and shelter from the wind).

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Am Fasarinen pinnacles on Liathach

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Jaxter is just about dead

After a break and a drink, we were able to dodge to the south of the final steepening and get to the summit. The views are fairly constrained, but everything you can see from here is top notch, with a view right up to the Am Fasarinen pinnacles on Liathach.

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Loch Torridon

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Beinn Liath Mhor and Sgorr Ruadh

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Zoom across Loch Torridon to Skye (just visible in the haze)

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Summit pool

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Liathach from Seana Mheallan

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Beinn Eighe

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Coulin hills

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Liathach

After sitting around for a bit, we dropped off on a more southely aspect of the hill. This took us down a couple of gullies and to the enclosure deer fence at a higher location than where we had crossed out of it. Inside the planted area, the ground was worse and just before getting back to the bridge, I managed to disappear up to my shin into some mud :lol: .

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Sgorr Ruadh on the way down

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New plantation and Sgorr Ruadh

We followed the quad bike track back down to Annat - it disappeared in places but was quicker than our route up. In retrospect, I don't know if this was easier than my previous approach from Ling Hut, but it included some satisfying strolling across sandstone.

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Liathach from Torridon

In the last 10 minutes back to the car, we had discussed dinner with increasing enthusiasm until I realised that I hadn't put any gas for the stove in :shock: . Oh well, tomorrow's sandwiches would have to do then! Fortunately that only ruined the evening slightly - we pitched up lazily next to the A896 and enjoyed a sunset over Loch Torridon.

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Liathach from the Shieldaig road

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Sgorr a Chadail end of Liathach

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Home for the night

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Seana Mheallan from our camp spot

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Sunset over the Applecross peninsula

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Last light on Liathach

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Beinn Alligin

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Sunset on Loch Torridon
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We had a great sleep and woke up to sun and warmth - I had forgotten how great it was to be somewhere other than my bed! Breakfast was a bit limited due to me forgetting the gas, but we had cereal bars to munch on before driving round to Lochcarron to buy tea and sandwiches.

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Good morning!

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Beinn Alligin

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Loch Carron

I have to confess I haven't found the lockdowns too bad - tedious and repetitive certainly, but for the most part I have managed to keep my sanity. But occasionally my mind goes into overdrive, wondering whether anything will ever be normal again; wondering if Jackie will ever be able to do the sort of things she could 15 months ago etc. Getting away into the outdoors (especially in the NW highlands) usually leaves all of that behind, but even on Seana Mheallan yesterday I couldn't shake those thoughts. Today I woke up in a much better mood, and as a bonus Jackie didn't feel overly awful after yesterday so we could attempt something slightly bigger.


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That 'something bigger' wasn't massive - I had flagged up Creag Dhubh Mhor as a hill that didn't have too much ascent, and also had a decent path for much of the lower reaches, meaning we'd be on better ground by the time it came for us to find our own route. Still, it's a hill I have been up twice before and enjoyed both times, despite it barely standing out on the map or the skyline. Parking opposite a garage-type yard in Attadale, we headed up the path (noting the presence of another car - maybe we'd actually meet someone on the hill today!)

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Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Tholl from Strathcarron

The path goes downhill slightly at the beginning before being obliterated by a new hydro scheme track. This wasn't here the first time I came this way, but in the 3 years since my last visit, the visual impact has softened a lot. From here we could see the presumed occupant of the other car ahead of us. He was moving faster than we were so I assumed that would be he last we'd see of him. Missing the cairn where the path branches back off from the new hydro road, we found ourselves following a muddy rut up the bank from the weir. Fortunately it wasn't far to get back onto the path, at which point we had a break. If yesterday had been not too cold, today was positively warm in the direct sun 8) .

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Lochcarron from Coire Taodail

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An Ruadh-stac and Maol Chean-dearg

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Sgurr a Gharaidh and the Applecross hills

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Coulin hills

Higher up, we left the path for a prominent steep slope between our summit and a nipple-like point to the east. Most of this had animal tracks on it so the going was good underfoot. Climbing out of the gap at the top was steeper, and we contoured any intermediate bumps to keep the ascent to a minimum.

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Heading towards the nipple

I had never previously had unimpeded views from here before - there were always clouds in one direction or another. We were immediately impressed by what we could see - vistas out over Ben Dronaig and the centre of the Mullardoch/Monar area were excellent from here. Also of some surprise was the person who had been ahead of us reaching the summit only a couple of minutes before us - turned out he had followed the stalker's path further towards Bearnais bothy before doubling back along the ridge. After a bit of a chat we discovered that we were both on Scottishhills (he turned out to be Chris_Glasgow - username now a bit redundant as he had recently moved to Dingwall). We then managed to while away an easy 90 minutes in the sunshine talking, which was lovely and not really expected on this most obscure of hills!

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Bidein a Choire Sheasgaich

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Bidein a Choire Sheasgaich and Lurg Mor with the northern Mullardoch hills beyond

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Coulin and Torridon hills from Creag Dhubh Mhor

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Loch Calavie and Sgurr na Lapaich

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Beinn Dronaig

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Aonach Buidhe and Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan

Eventually we realised that we needed to get moving if we were to be home in time for a catchup with some friends. Chris headed off to traverse the rest of the summit ridge towards Carn Geuradainn while we opted to drop down to Loch na Creadha and pick up the stalker's path there. Although the ground was a little squishy in a couple of places, this was quite straightforward and fast, Jackie having benefitted greatly from the long summit break.

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Jackie with Loch Carron behind

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Beinn Liath Mhor and the Fannaichs to the right

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Looking back to Creag Dhubh Mhor

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Loch nan Creadha and Creag Dhubh Mhor

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Waterfall on Allt Feadan Dhughaill

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Across Strathcarron

At the bottom, Jackie carried on down the hydro road to Strathcarron Station in order to avoid the last little bit of ascent, and I went for the car and drove round to meet her. In the end she did end up suffering from today's exertion, but it was probably as much down to the heat (we both ended up a bit red) and lack of water as anything else. On the plus side, we both went home feeling a bit more positive than we had earlier in the week, which is largely why we do this in the first place 8) .

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Beinn Tharsuinn from Strathrory

Attachment(s) Grahams: Beinn Tharsuinn (Ardross)
Date walked: 28/03/2021
Distance: 13km
Ascent: 605m
Views: 41


Carn na h-Easgainn

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Grahams: Càrn na h-Easgainn
Date walked: 27/03/2021
Distance: 7km
Ascent: 320m
Views: 22


A Strathconon saunter up Meall na Faochaig

Attachment(s) Grahams: Meall na Faochaig
Date walked: 21/03/2021
Distance: 7km
Ascent: 550m
Views: 31


A swim through the heather: Meall an Tarsaid

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Meall an Tarsaid
Date walked: 20/03/2021
Distance: 3.5km
Ascent: 320m
Views: 30

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Location: Glasgow/Inverness
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Interests: Walking, Scrambling, Cycling, Mountain Biking
Munro rounds: 1
Corbett rounds: 1
Graham rounds: 1

Munros: 282
Corbetts: 222
Grahams: 219
Donalds: 74
Wainwrights: 122
Hewitts: 268
Sub 2000: 279
Islands: 38



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Statistics

2021

Trips: 23
Distance: 268.5 km
Ascent: 12940m
Grahams: 12
Sub2000s: 19

2020

Trips: 73
Distance: 840.25 km
Ascent: 43115m
Munros: 9
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 21
Donalds: 2
Sub2000s: 41
Hewitts: 15
Wainwrights 23

2019

Trips: 72
Distance: 1114 km
Ascent: 66725m
Munros: 23
Corbetts: 19
Grahams: 17
Donalds: 4
Sub2000s: 43
Hewitts: 12
Wainwrights 2

2018

Trips: 74
Distance: 1529 km
Ascent: 85110m
Munros: 20
Corbetts: 29
Grahams: 21
Donalds: 28
Sub2000s: 41
Hewitts: 51
Wainwrights 20

2017

Trips: 59
Distance: 1009.8 km
Ascent: 54765m
Munros: 27
Corbetts: 11
Grahams: 9
Sub2000s: 36
Hewitts: 23
Wainwrights 9

2016

Trips: 55
Distance: 1132.8 km
Ascent: 59985m
Munros: 18
Corbetts: 20
Grahams: 20
Donalds: 4
Sub2000s: 33

2015

Trips: 50
Distance: 1009 km
Ascent: 58815m
Munros: 10
Corbetts: 18
Grahams: 35
Donalds: 5
Sub2000s: 26

2014

Trips: 52
Distance: 1143 km
Ascent: 56245m
Munros: 11
Corbetts: 23
Grahams: 43
Donalds: 33
Sub2000s: 23

2013

Trips: 45
Distance: 1121.2 km
Ascent: 52310m
Munros: 9
Corbetts: 23
Grahams: 36
Sub2000s: 26

2012

Trips: 61
Distance: 1911.9 km
Ascent: 64050m
Corbetts: 8
Grahams: 16
Sub2000s: 19
Hewitts: 96
Wainwrights 16

2011

Trips: 49
Distance: 867.2 km
Ascent: 45165m
Munros: 5
Corbetts: 21
Grahams: 31
Sub2000s: 11
Hewitts: 18

2010

Trips: 45
Distance: 987.3 km
Ascent: 49290m
Munros: 7
Corbetts: 33
Grahams: 32
Sub2000s: 10
Hewitts: 4

2009

Trips: 43
Distance: 741 km
Ascent: 35725m
Munros: 8
Corbetts: 35
Grahams: 14
Sub2000s: 5
Hewitts: 1

2008

Trips: 47
Distance: 540.5 km
Ascent: 37865m
Munros: 15
Corbetts: 22
Grahams: 18
Donalds: 3
Sub2000s: 6

2007

Trips: 40
Distance: 471.5 km
Ascent: 30550m
Munros: 22
Corbetts: 19
Grahams: 7
Donalds: 3
Sub2000s: 4

2006

Trips: 36
Distance: 472 km
Ascent: 32785m
Munros: 39
Corbetts: 7
Grahams: 4
Hewitts: 1

2005

Trips: 29
Distance: 464 km
Ascent: 27635m
Munros: 29
Corbetts: 7
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2
Hewitts: 5
Wainwrights 8

2004

Trips: 43
Distance: 839.4 km
Ascent: 47975m
Munros: 60
Corbetts: 6
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 2
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 1

2003

Trips: 45
Distance: 798 km
Ascent: 51905m
Munros: 68
Corbetts: 5
Hewitts: 5

2002

Trips: 47
Distance: 634 km
Ascent: 42245m
Munros: 46
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 3
Hewitts: 24

2001

Trips: 61
Distance: 738.5 km
Ascent: 59035m
Munros: 45
Corbetts: 1
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 53
Wainwrights 23

2000

Trips: 51
Distance: 512.5 km
Ascent: 42190m
Munros: 19
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 55
Wainwrights 26

1999

Trips: 47
Distance: 504 km
Ascent: 43786m
Munros: 23
Corbetts: 1
Hewitts: 48
Wainwrights 4

1998

Trips: 37
Distance: 378 km
Ascent: 33525m
Munros: 12
Hewitts: 46

1997

Trips: 43
Distance: 512.1 km
Ascent: 44205m
Munros: 19
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 2
Hewitts: 63
Wainwrights 6

1996

Trips: 40
Distance: 476.5 km
Ascent: 40740m
Munros: 12
Corbetts: 2
Hewitts: 75
Wainwrights 17

1995

Trips: 2


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