Beinn Mhor Coigach. May 2007

Date: Sunday 13th May 2007
Distance: 10km
Ascent: 1000m

After a week in Glen Affric where virtually all the munro/Corbett walks are 20-35km, Assynt provides an amazing array of sub 15km jaunts onto the local hills with fantastic views (potentially).

Beinn Mhor Coigach is positioned ideally for views, just N of Ullapool with the Beinn Dearg Munros and An Teallach, just S of Inverpolly and the Assynt inselbergs and with sea views to Skye and the Outer Hebrides.

Drove the Lochinver to Achiltibuie road with white knuckles as usual (borrow someone elses car for this one) and parked at Culnacraig NC 064 040.

Its open hillside with some steep sided stream gullies to the foot of the Garbh Coireachan nose which is an easy but steep ascent through good sandstone outcrops.

Views quickly develop W out over the Summer Isles and SW over to An Teallach.

Once on the nose itself the views across Ullapool to Loch Broom open up suddenly.

Suddenly you’re a long way above the surf.

The summit line is a ridge of minor scrambling with escape paths on the N side, about 1.5km to the true summit of Beinn Mhor Coigach, about 19m short of Corbett height.

After that an easy walk round a grassy/sandy N facing slope to drop to the bealach at NC 097 049 and then up to Sgurr an Fhidleir, jutting out about 450m straight down to Lochan Tuath. The views across Inverpolly remain spectacular.

Turn to head across a bealach to Beinn nan Caorach then down over open hillside back to the road.

Drove along the loch S beneath Stac Pollaidh had a look at the hill from that side prior to heading back to Lochinver. The spiky bit is Sgurr an Fhidleir.

Probably one of the best short walks I’ve done with varying and often 360 degree views from start to finish, and even allowing for the roads, back at my accommodation to sit in the midge free air watching the sea (plus otter) and drinking cold beer through the end of the afternoon.

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