Distance: 10.5km; Ascent: 1250m; Dry, cloudy but clear with a chill breeze; with Mark & Shona
After yesterday's late finish, as you might expect we weren't particularly swift at leaving the campsite this morning! However we still managed to drive round to Glen Brittle SYHA and set off walking shortly after 9am, after having bagged one of the last remaining parking spaces nearby. The sky was mainly overcast as we followed the good path along the south side of the Allt a'Choire Ghreadaidh, which here flows through an impressive gorge complete with many waterfalls.
The path was busy this morning, presumably due to the settled weather, and we could pick out several groups ahead of us high up in the corrie. We continued, crossing and re-crossing the burn a couple of times to reach a point where the corrie split into two upper sections. The right-hand upper section of Coire a' Ghreadaidh was very impressive with bare rock as far as the eye could see! However our way lay onwards and upwards into the left hand section; this is named Coire An Dorus and is also an impressive corrie, in which quite a bit of thrift was growing.
|Coire An Dorus|
|Looking down the NW ridge of Sgurr a' Mhadaidh to Sgurr Thuilm|
|Summit cairn of Sgurr a' Mhadaidh|
|Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh from the north|
We scrambled out of An Dorus on the southern side by some more tricky moves to establish ourselves on the North-North-East ridge of Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh. We continued up the pleasant ridge and soon the sun showed itself :) After passing the large impressive rock known as "The Wart", we soon reached our second summit of the day: Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh (Munro, HuMP).
|On the summit of Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh|
|Interesting plant on Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh|
|Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh and the northern Cuillin|
|Bla Bheinn and Loch Coruisk|
|The summit cairn of Sgurr Thormaid|
|On the summit of Sgurr na Banachdich|
|Loch Brittle from Sgurr na Banachdich|
It had been another excellent day out on the Cuillin ridge and after dinner on the Sligachan campsite we headed over to the pub for some celebratory ales and whisky. Around sunset I went outside to capture the following shot of the Red Hills at dusk, before returning inside to finish my whisky and then retiring to the campsite for the night.
|The Red Hills from Sligachan|