Megaidh, Croit, Gaire

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Attachment(s) Munros: Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Àrdair
Fionas: Beinn Gaire, Croit Bheinn
Date walked: 23/06/2024
Distance: 60km
Ascent: 2900m
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Northernmost Grahams

Fionas: Beinn Direach, Ben Stack, Càrn an Tionail, Sabhal Beag

Date walked: 16/06/2024

Distance: 48km

Ascent: 2515m

What would we get up to this weekend? Not the best of forecasts for anywhere. I had a wee clutch of Grahams in the far north that were begging to be done - I'd have liked good weather for them, naturally, but at this stage in the game you have to take what you are offered. So we headed up Lairg way on Thursday evening, traffic light after Glasgow was traversed. As we were nearing West Merkland Lodge, where I'd intended to go in from, it was about 9pm - sunset not for a further hour and a half! How good is that?

As it happened, parking isn't easy at West Merkland Lodge at present - last time we were up we parked at the edge of the forest access gate, but it's clearly in regular use at present with lots of tyre tracks over the road and Timber Lorries - No Parking signs up. You can't park at the lodge either, so it might be a bit of a walk. I had taken the opportunity to route us from Achfary as well - there isn't much difference in the distance which ever way, so we just continued along the road to the large parking area there. Which was empty. Don't think I've ever seen it without at least a camper van or two sitting there. We got our kit together and set off along the track, with the intention of camping at Lone. The sunset was lovely as we looked across at Ben Stack and Arkle.

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Nobody else in sight and a nice spot to camp in beside the bridge (the estate "bothy" was padlocked). Allison was really tired and went to sleep without even having her night;y bag of crisps. I took a bit longer to settle after the long drive. Some rain overnight until about 8am and a late rise - we didn't set off until about 9am - at least by that time the rain had stopped. We walked for about 6km up the track, heading east, towards Bealach na Feithe - reasonably good track, bit wet in places. At the bealach we started straight up the southern shoulder of Sabhal Beag, which is steep, but on short grass and some boulders. The clag, which had been sitting on the hilltops all morning, lifted enough to see most of Hope and Loyal to the north.

Not so pretty this morning
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Sabhal Beag
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Looking over to Mhic Dhughaill
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Hope & Loyal
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From here we traversed the mountain for almost 4km making for a stalkers path I'd noticed on the map at Creagan Dubh. There are several cairns along the way, so I'm guessing this is an area favoured for stalking. The path was a modest ATV track which led directly to the bridge over the Abhainn Srath Coir an Easaidh. I checked the forecast before we descended to the glen - heavy rai was to start at 3pm and continue for the remainder of the day. Hmmm. We could stop early and pitch alongside the river, or we could continue onwards onto the back of Sail nan Aighean which looked like it might be suitable (note - it wasn't!). We dropped down into the glen and found a nice flat spot beside the river. It seemed unseemly to stop as early in the day as this, but we were both pretty tired and indeed the rain did come on, heavily, as we finished putting up the tent at 3pm.

Sail nan Aighean
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We had a doze for a bit. The rain went off and the sun came out - and remained out until 7pm. That was a bit unexpected and annoying as it would have been nice to walk in sunshine, with the tops clear. We had our tea and went back to sleep. There was no phone signal down here, so I couldn't keep track of the Scotland score. As I found out the following morning, that wasn't a bad thing :lol: We both slept well and awakened refreshed on Saturday morning.

We got going along the track, turning up on another stalkers path into Choire Ghrainde, zigzagging up the side of Sail nan Aighean. This was a traditional stalkers path which was helpful until it petered out higher up. We walked along the plateau where I had thought camping might have been possible, but it's all slabs, rocks and soggy grass and you would really have struggled to find any pitch spot. We were deep in clag and decided to keep to the western shore of Loch nan Rath to reach Bealach Rath. Here we dropped our packs and toiled up to the summit of Beinn Direach. No views today. Back down to the packs and lunch before climbing up to the summit of Carn an Tionail. From here it was a steepish descent on short grass to Bealach Lochain a'Bhealaich. It would have been quite possible to camp here, or indeed further on in Coire a'Phris.

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Clag lifting on Tionail
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Mhic Dhughaill
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I had been uncertain how easy it would be to skirt round Mhic Dhughaill but it turned out to be easier than going over the top of it! We scattered a number of deer, who probably don't get bothered by walkers in here very often. There's a bit of ascent after you cross the outflow of Coire Loch, but again it's all on short, if soggy, grass and easy going. Off the north flank of Meall Garbh and back to the track where we'd left it to climb Sabhal Beag yesterday. Now all that was required was a walk back down the track to camp at the same spot we'd used on Thursday night.

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Looking back at Tionail
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Like a volcano...
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Ben Stack
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Once again the spot was free - we didn't see another soul all weekend - and we had the tent up by 5pm. Once again the rain was on overnight and neither of us slept well for some reason - it was fairly quiet. The forecast for Sunday wasn't great - more rain. We only had Ben Stack to climb. Headed back along the track to the car to switch rucksacks for day packs - still no other vehicles there - and along the road a wee bit to the track up to the radio mast where the standard route up Ben Stack goes from. We've climbed it via Strath Stack and via Ben Dreavie in the past, never up this way. Since it was a laggy day there wasn't much to be gained by extending the route. The path is soggy but fairly clear for most of the way up - although we lost sight of it near the 551m spot height on the way up and on the way down. No views and a clod wind - needed several layers and gloves on which isn't typical for mid June.

Pom-pom duck
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Back to the car for 1pm and a quiet drive down the road, thankfully. I was looking at my old reports for these hills and noted that when we'd done Direach and Tionail the same time last year I had 3 Grahams left in my second round - now it's four left in round three. Keeping fingers crossed for a trip to Skye next week, although the forecast isn't looking promising for the ridge at the moment.

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Stob a' Choin
Fionas: Meall Mór (Loch Katrine), Stob Breac
Date walked: 09/06/2024
Distance: 30km
Ascent: 1762m
Comments: 2
Views: 346

Whimbreling in Sutherland

Attachment(s) Fionas: Beinn Dhorain, Ben Armine - Creag a' Choire Ghlais, Creag Mhór (Sutherland), Morven, Scaraben
Date walked: 02/06/2024
Distance: 75km
Ascent: 3350m
Comments: 2
Views: 334

'Kin Tired on Mull

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Dùn da Ghaoithe
Fionas: Beinn Talaidh, Ben Buie, Corra-bheinn, Creach Beinn, Cruach Choireadail, Sgùrr Dearg
Date walked: 26/05/2024
Distance: 66km
Ascent: 4443m
Comments: 4
Views: 451

Rùm on a good day

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Ainshval, Askival
Fionas: Sgòrr a' Choise, Trallval
Sub 2000s: Creag Bhan (Morar)
Date walked: 19/05/2024
Distance: 40km
Ascent: 3000m
Comments: 2
Views: 496

Weasels on the Hebridean Way -- Part 2

Attachment(s) Date walked: 14/05/2024
Views: 366

Bit of prep work

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Attachment(s) Corbetts: Garbh-bheinn (Skye)
Fionas: Belig
Date walked: 12/05/2024
Views: 37

Weasels on the Hebridean Way - Part 1

Attachment(s) Date walked: 28/04/2024
Distance: 356km
Ascent: 6245m
Views: 465

Picking off Outliers

Attachment(s) Fionas: Beinn Bharrain, Cauldcleuch Head
Donalds: Cauldcleuch Head, Windy Gyle
Date walked: 21/04/2024
Distance: 57km
Ascent: 2100m
Views: 381


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