Sunday 8 September 2013

Sgurr nan Conbhairean and Sail Chaorainn.

Loch Cluanie from Lundie (NH145104)

We attempted pretty much this route in April Carn Ghluasaid and Sgurr nan Conbhairean but due to the weather we missed out on the last Munro.

So, on a day when the weather was in complete contrast to the last time we were here, we headed off from Lundie at about 10am, up the Old Military Road and then onto the wiggly stalkers path...

Rafe and Jim - The stalkers path - ascent of Carn Ghlusaid

Loch Cluanie and Glen Shiel from the ascent of Carn Ghluasaid (NH137114)

Loch Cluanie and Glen Shiel from the ascent of Carn Ghluasaid

The views opened up, clear and sharp.

Glen Shiel hills from the ascent of Carn Ghluasaid

Looking south over Loch Cluanie from the ascent of Carn Ghluasaid

Once on the summit plateau of Carn Ghluasaid, we headed for Creag a'Chaorainn in glorious sunshine.

Rafe and Jim - Creag a'Chaorainn from Bealach Coire Bodach nan Gobhar

Last time we were here, we were slogging through snow and visability was pretty poor, everything above 900m in cloud and the snow showers just made it worse...

Looking back to Carn Ghlusaid from Creag a'Chaorainn

This time, it felt like the whole of the north of Scotland was in our sight.

West from Creag a'Chaorainn

Perhaps it was...

Loch Cluanie and Glen Shiel hills from Sgurr nan Conbhairean

Onwards, north over the Munro of Sgurr nan Conbhairean and then into new territory beyond.

North to Sail Chaorainn from Sgurr nan Conbhairean

The ridge from Sgurr nan Conbhairean to Sail Chaorainn

We stopped for lunch amongst some rocks on the ridgeline below Sgurr nan Conbhairean, with views west across Gleann na Ciche to Mullach Fraoch-choire and its ridge Na Geurdain - another of our hill days from the spring, it had a touch of snow to spice it up!

Na Geurdain Ridge and Mullach Fraoch-choire
from our lunch spot near Sail Chaorainn

After a sarnie, we continued north to pick up our second Munro of the day, but our first, first ascent - Sail Chaorainn, 1002m, Munro 133.

Sail Chaorainn summit - looking west

Following the usual photo session we turned south, to retrace our steps along the ridge...

Jim and Rafe returning south along the Sail Chaorainn to Sgurr nan Conbhairean ridge

Jim and Rafe on the slopes of Sgurr nan Conbhairean - views south

Before contouring around Sgurr nan Conbhairean and making a bee-line for the stalkers path on Carn Ghlusaid and our descent route.

South west from near the summit of Sgurr nan Conbhairean

Jim and Rafe - Bealach Coire Bodach nan Gobhar

As usual, a bee-line's on the open hillside wasn't all that walker friendly - it was a touch tussocky underfoot, slightly damp in places and somewhat slippery at times...

Contouring around Creag a'Chaorainn with Carn Ghluasaid ahead

But once back on the stalkers path we made good time back into Strath Cluanie, enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun.

Descending towards Loch Cluanie on the Stalkers path

West - Loch Cluanie and Glen Shiel from the stalkers path

Route: Car park at Lundie on A87 (NH145104), follow the Old Military Road W for 500m, take the obvious stalkers path N at NH137103 ascending to Carn Ghluasaid plateau. Contour W then NW, Creag a'Chaorainn (Munro Top 87, 998m), W then N, Sgorr nan Conbhairean (Munro 44, 1109m), N along ridge  to Sail Chaorainn (Munro 133, 1002m), return S along ridge, contour around the west of Sgurr nan Conbhairainn and Creag a Chaorainn to head of Coire nan Clach (NH140124) continue to contour until meet stalkers path and return to start.

Statistics:  Distance: 15.8km  Ascent: 1300m  Time: 7 hours

Sunday 1 September 2013

Dog Falls.

Rafe and Devils Bit Scabious
Near the Forestry Commission car park in Glen Affric (NH288285)

A lovely dog walk in Glen Affric, short and sweet, on a Sunday morning, before heading home after a weekend in Cannich.

Coire Loch, Glen Affric from NH292282

Above Glen Affric (NH292282)

East from NH292282 - Above Glen Affric

The Forests of Glen Affric (NH289277)

Forests of Glen Affric (NH288283)

Dog Falls gorge from the footbridge (NH289283)

Route:  Forestry Commission car park in Glen Affric (NH283284), waymarked route yellow banded marker posts. East along the River Affric, through the woods, crossing the road and then crossing back. Footbridge by Dog Falls, east to Coire Loch, south west then north along forest tracks and paths to Dog Falls.Retuen over the footbridge and back to the start.

Statistics:  Distance: 3.5km  Ascent: 130m  Time: 1 hour

Summer in Hopeman - 2013

Daisy Rock and Hive Rock

It seemed to go past so quickly...

Cove Bay

Here are a few photo's taken through the summer, May to August. There's quite a lot, but I was enjoying looking through, remembering the glorious summer, just gone, that I had trouble choosing....

In Clashach Cove

There aren't any sunsets, I'm saving them to keep us warm in mid winter...

Daisy Rock and Hive Rock again

The pictures are in chronological order. Enjoy...

Hopeman East Beach

Hopeman Harbour and Moray Firth from Daisy Rock

Across the Moray Firth

Rafe by Cove Bay

Hopeman Sandstone carved by the sea in Cove Bay

Golden Cove Bay

Hopeman Harbour with Burghead beyond

By Daisy Rock

There's still snow on Ben Wyvis (16th May)

Rafe by Clashach Cove

The Moray Firth

East from Daisy Rock

East Beach from the dunes - Hopeman

Hopeman sandstone, east of Hopeman

Looking east towards Cove Bay

Hopeman Harbour with Ben Wyvis to the west

Across the Moray Firth

Caves at Cove Bay

Rafe on the coast path, east of Hopeman

Hopeman and East Beach

Natural arch at Cove Bay

Rafe and Daisy Rock

Rafe has East Beach to himself

Daisy Rock and thrift

Miele Bothy, Roseisle Forest

Rafe and Caves, Cove Bay

North from Hopeman

Looking west from above the natural arch in Cove Bay

Hive Rock by East Beach

Rafe, near Hopeman

Hopeman Harbour

East Beach from by Hopeman Harbour

Rafe, East Beach, Hopeman

Rafe and East Beach again

Hopeman Harbour and the west from Daisy Rock

Cove Bay

Cove Bay and ancient sand dunes

Hopeman Harbour and East Beach

North, over The Moray Firth

East Beach

Fault - east of Daisy Rock

Primrose Bay, east of Hopeman

Clashach Cove

Primrose Bay, looking west

East of Daisy Rock

Hopeman and Harbour

Beinn Bhrotain and Monadh Mor

Setting off from Glen Feshie - it was chilly - before the sun had a chance to peep over the hills...  Off we go! Jim - Setting off near Auch...