A low level walk from Glen Arnisdale to Kinloch Hourn, followed by an afternoon ascent of the Munro of Sgurr a'Mhaoraich
Distance: 25km; Ascent: 1870m; Wet in the morning - warm & sunny in afternoon; Solo
I woke to rain this morning and so didn't make much of an effort to get an early start! As I hadn't ascended up to my planned camp on the Druim Fada ridge last night, I decided due to the rain not to bother going up high today due to the weather. Therefore I set off walking at around half eight, in showery light rain, and headed east along the reasonable track to reach the Dubh Lochain.
|Looking down Glen Arnisdale in the morning rain|
|Waterfall at the outlet of the Dubh Lochain|
I then continued along the track to cross another burn by way of a a handy bridge, which like all the bridges I had encountered so for in Glen Arnisdale had a sign warning me that I crossed at my own risk and that horses weren't allowed to use it. Luckily I didn't have any horses with me today, so I happily crossed the bridge and continued for a few hundred metres to a track junction.
|The Dubh Lochain|
|Bridge over the Allt an Tomain Odhair|
|This warning sign seems to be displayed on the all the bridges in Glen Arnisdale|
|Looking down Gleann Dubh Lochain|
|Loch Hourn and Druim Fada|
|The Kinlochhourn tea rooms :-)|
|The Lochourn River|
|Loch Coire Shubh|
|Looking down to Loch Hourn from the NW ridge of Meall an Uillt Bhain|
|The SW slopes of Sgurr a'Mhaoraich from Meall an Uillt Bhain|
|Gairich, Sgurr an Fhuarain & Sgurr Mor from the SW slopes of Sgurr a'Mhaoraich|
|Summit of Sgurr a' Mhaoraich Beag|
|Between Sgurr a'Mhaoraich Beag & Sgurr a'Mhaoraich|
My original plan had been to descend down to Alltbeithe for the evening and ascend the north ridge of Gleouraich tomorrow morning. However tomorrow's forecast, coupled with the large amount of snow I had seen on the north side of Gleouraich from the coach on Thursday, meant that I decided to take the easier option instead of descending to Loch Quoich, from where I would be able to pick up a good stalkers' path for tomorrow morning's ascent.
|Summit of Sgurr a'Mhaoraich|
|Looking east down to Easter Glen Quoich and Gleouraich from Sgurr a'Mhaoraich|
|Rainbow over Loch Quoich|
|Looking along the Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach ridge|
It was around 9pm when I finally pitched the tent this evening! It appeared that I had picked a relatively ticky spot to pitch as I had to brush several off my hands after pitching the tent! Therefore that evening I had the inner tent open as little as possible in an attempt to kept the ticks out, which actually seemed to work as I didn't get any further bites :-) I had a quick dinner before drifting off to sleep after a very long, but good, day.