Pap of Glencoe and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. 9th September 2004

Date: Thursday 9th September 2004
Distance: 13.9km
Ascent: 1300m

Another near perfect day on offer from our holiday at the Clachaig chalets. I’d done the Aonach Eagach traverse the year before, H didn’t fancy it. We decided to ascend the west end of it along with the Pap of Glencoe instead.

Not far to drive – just a few km towards Glen Coe village, parking up at the foot of the track.

Views quickly develop out along Loch Leven towards Ardgour. Garbh Bheinn was a little hazy in the distance.

Loch Leven on climb

Took about an hour and a half to get to the top of the Pap, motivated by the wish to get out of shade and into sunshine. The last ascent of the Pap is a little scrambly, but once on top the views are excellent.

W from Pap of Glencoe

Loch Leven is a proper fjord.

Loch Leven and Nevis

Out towards Ardgour and the bridge is attractive too. I’m not quite sure why we have not yet been back up this hill, although the dark morning ascent is likely to be one reason.

Beinn a Bheithir is a rather good looking lump of a hill – we had climbed that one once before in 2003.

Beinn a Bheithir and the bridge from the Pap

After a bite to eat we headed onwards, descending from the Pap and then climbing Sgurr nam Fiannaidh

Beinn a Bheithir from Fiannaidh climb

Once on top of the Munro there’s a rather fine view of the surrounding hills of Glencoe and the Mamores.

East from Fiannaidh pano

H on Sgorr nam Fiannaidh East view

Hung around a while and enjoyed this view, we’d climbed most of the surrounding hills by this point, something that adds greater meaning to the views I find.

Sgorr nam Fiannaidh E view

Mamore Lodge was visible on the flank of the Mamores, of interest after our recent stay.

Mamore Lodge from Sgorr nam Fiannaidh

Started down the hill again – back towards the bealach and the track of ascent. A great mix of loch and hill on view, and by this point of the day in sunshine.

Sgorr nam Fiannaidh west view

Happy with our days graft we were thinking about a few pints in the Clachaig.

H on descent

Nice views of hills we hadn’t yet climbed were intriguing.

Sron na h Ulaidh from descent

Another great day – looking back I realise how spoiled we were by that holiday, not sure I appreciated that at the time!

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