Date 28th May 2010 to 30th May 2010 Location Map
Start Location Coireshubht
Weather Cloudy then Rain leading to Blue Skies and Sun
Distance 52 km
Time Taken 22 Hours
Ascent 4179 metres
Accompanied by Derek
Graham Count Slat Bheinn
Corbett Count Sgurr nan EugalltSgurr a’Choire-bheithe
Munro Count Luinne BheinnMeall Buidhe
Peaks Climbed Slat Bheinn Sgurr nan Eugallt Sgurr a’Choire-bheithe Luinne Bheinn Meall Buidhe
Knoydart had been high on my ‘must visit’ places for a while now and an invitation to a ‘stag-party’ in Inverie gave me the opportunity to sample this place. Everyone else attending the stag would be getting the ferry from Mallaig but I had other ideas. How about ‘walking in’ and knocking off a couple of peaks on the way? I was drawn to a walk report on ‘Walk Highlands’ which featured the Corbett, ‘Sgurr nan Eugallt. I could use this as the start and work my way towards Inavrie, ticking off peaks as I go. I plotted all the Munro’s, Corbett’s and Graham’s on my map and planned and contemplated a route.

By travelling south-west in a pretty much straight line, I could climb Sgurr nan Eugallt, Slat Bheinn, Sgurr a Choire-bheithe, Luinne Bheinn and Meall Buidhe. From here I could head west and pick up the land rover path that runs alongside the Inverie River and into Inverie. The following day I could take in the final Munro, Ladhar Bheinn and hike back along the coastal path to Kinloch Hourn.

Phew, this was going to involve some serious ‘cross-country’ trekking and to give myself a decent chance of success, I decided the best bet would be to travel up late Friday afternoon and do a wild camp on the first Corbett so that I would have a good start the next day. Whilst everyone else was preparing for the drive to Mallaig, myself and Derek, a work colleague, who also fancied the cross country experience set off up north towards Kinloch Hourn. Kinley’s post had mentioned a lay-by opposite a stalkers path that leads up to Sgurr nan Eugallt. The question was, do I leave the car here and walk up the road at the end or drive down and park the car at the car park and walk up the road at beginning. I decided to leave the car in lay-by. A couple of kilometres up the road at the end won’t do any harm will it? (I was going to regret this decision on the Sunday).

Derek on Sgurr nan Eugallt

Derek on Sgurr nan Eugallt

We set off up the path and it did not take long before we reached the bealach, near where the path stalkers path ends. The clouds where dark and moody but fortunately the rain was holding off. We headed up to the trig-point then west along the ridge towards the bealach between Meall nan Eun and Sgurr nan Eugallt. Meall nan Eun is a Graham and it was never in my initial plans but the distinctive three tops looked appealing. A quick discussion ensued. Should we take in this ‘extra’ peak then make our way down to the River Barrisdale and camp there or push on and try and get to the top of Slat Bheinn before nightfall? Like the last slice of cake, just sat there waiting to be eaten, the lure of this additional peak had a huge pull and maybe if I had been on my own then I would have succumbed to the temptation. But we decided that the sensible approach would be to push on and get some of the ascent out of the way. Continue reading »
Date Friday 7th May 2010 Location Map
Start Location Car park on west side of Loch Slapin
Weather Sunny and Clear Skies
Distance 7.3 km
Time Taken 4 Hours
Ascent 913 metres
Munro Count Bla Bheinn
Peaks Climbed Bla Bheinn

The plan was to meet up with some mates from my hometown of Manchester and climb up on to the Cullin ridge. They wanted to check out the Inaccessible Pinnacle and I wanted to look at the feasibility of a full traverse. We where planning on meeting on the Friday night at Sligachan Hotel and hitting the ridge on the Saturday.

I had never been to Skye before and wanting to maximise my visit, I decided to set off early Friday morning and climb Bla Bheinn before meeting up with the other guys later on in the evening. Unfortunately, my plans for an early start where scuppered when for some reason I ended up watching the General Election until the early hours of the morning. I managed to drag myself out of bed by 9am and by 10 am I was heading up the M90 from Dunfermline.

The weather was fantastic and I even had to crank the air-con on (first time this year) and by 2:30pm, I was parked up in the car park near the forest plantation on the side of Loch Slapin. The route seemed pretty straight forward and for a moment, I contemplated running rather than hiking up. With the great weather, there was potential for some good summit shots and there was no way I was carrying my DSLR if I was running so I decided to take the more sedate option and walk to the top. I followed the path that runs alongside the Allt na Dunaiche and as I passed the waterfalls I realised that I had left my smaller pocket camera on top of the car the roof. The thought of retracing my steps to retrieve it did not exactly thrill me but having already left my other camera on the summit of Dreish last summer, I did not think it would go down very well at home if I had to report I lost another one whilst out in the hills. Dumping my rucksack, I ran back to the car and fortunately, the camera was still on the roof where I had left it 30 minutes previous.
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Walking alongside the Abhainn Shira

Walking alongside the Abhainn Shira

Whilst walking the West Highland Way in 2009 we stopped to chat to a couple of fishermen at Victoria Bridge. We were following the WHW over Rannoch Moor and they were heading west up the Abhainn Shira. As well as being a great launch pad to tackle some of the Black Mount Munro’s, it looked like there was also potential for some great wild camping. Later that summer we returned and had a great camp at the side of Loch Dochard.

There are so many amazing places in Scotland that it is not often we head back to a place we have already visited but whilst deciding on a suitable location for Milo’s first wild camping trip, this route seemed ideal. It was only 5km to our camping spot, there are no steep inclines and there was lots of boulders and rocks for Milo to clamber on to.

Milo was booked in at the groomers for a trim at lunch time so we collected him late afternoon and set off towards the car park at Victoria Bridge in Inveroran. No issues with the journey and by early evening we had our rucksacks on our back and where heading up the West Highland Way towards the Forest Lodge where we would head westwards and follow the Abhainn Shira. The first part of the route follows a wide land-rover track to Clashgour Hut, where we continue alongside the river until we it intersects with the Allt Ghabhar. No bridge here, you must ford across. Continue reading »
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