Two fantastic Munros followed by a road walk down Glen Garry
Distance: 24km; Ascent: 1640m; Windy & showery on the summits, warm down in the glen; Mostly solo
After yesterday's long day I wasn't in much of hurry to set off this morning, although I was keen to leave this tick infested area! Therefore I had my morning coffee and muesli, packed the tent up and set off shortly before 9am. It was dry and overcast, with patchy cloud on the summits, as I walked along the Loch Quoich road for a couple of kilometres to reach the start of a stalkers' path up Gleouraich.
|Camp by Loch Quoich|
|Looking west over Loch Quoich|
|Sgurr Mor, the Knoydart peaks and Loch Quoich from the path up Gleouraich|
|Gairich across Loch Quoich from the Gleouraich path|
|Looking west over Loch Quoich into Knoydart from Sron a'Chuilinn|
|Looking up Wester Glen Quoich from Druim Seileach|
|Gleouraich from Druim Seileach|
|Looking west across Glen Quoich towards yesterday afternoon's hills|
|The summit slopes of Gleouraich (Andy on the summit)|
|Summit of Gleouraich|
|Looking E from Gleouraich|
|Gleouraich from the east ridge|
|Lots of snow left up here!|
|Loch Loyne and Spidean Mialach from Creag Coire na Fiar Bhealaich|
|Looking up all the way up Loch Quoich towards Sgurr na Ciche at the far end|
|Creag Coire na Fiar Bhealaich from NW slopes of Spidean Mialach|
|Looking across the head of Coire an Spidein to Spidean Mialach|
|Summit of Spidean Mialach with Loch Loyne beyond|
|Views westward from Spidean Mialach back towards Knoydart|
|Gairich, Sgurr an Fhuarain, Sgurr Mor, Sgurr na Cihce and Loch Quoich|
It was clear to me that if I left my planned route it would be quite tricky to rejoin it before Fort Augustus. Therefore I came up with a plan that involved descending down to Glen Garry, from where I could follow the minor road, forest tracks and Great Glen Way to reach Fort Augustus tomorrow afternoon. The only question was where should I stay this evening? I had a vague recollection that there was a B&B in Inchlaggan, a couple of kilometres east of Tomdoun, so I got my phone out and was pleased to discover I had sufficient signal to search online for their phone number. I gave them call and was pleasantly surprised to discover that they did indeed have space this evening, due to a last minute cancellation! I booked the room there and then, and was already looking forward to a good night's sleep in a comfy bed :-) However there was still the small matter of getting there, and it was still 11-12km away!
I continued down the rocky ridge to reach the remains of a stone building just south of the bealach. The decent from here down into Coire an t-Seasgaich was very steep and rocky in places, which made for slow progress down to the road.
|Loch Quoich dam|
Andy and I chatted as we continued to head east along the road and after a while we eventually reached the old Tomdoun Hotel. Here Andy stopped to camp, where we also found Alan, Phil and Andy setting up camp for the night. I stopped for a while to chat about what we had all been up to for the last three days, and discovered that they had had a bit of an epic scramble through a gorge in deepest Knoydart!
|Trailstars outside the old Tomdoun Hotel|