Dun da Gaoithe on a weather border. July 2007.

Date: Monday 30th July 2007
Distance: 15.2km
Ascent: 950m

Finally managed to get off the mainland last weekend and had a long weekend on Mull.

Climbed Ben More and Beinn Fhada on Sat with jigsaw puzzle views through the cloud and then walked round the Treshnish headland in glorious sun on sunday.

Had a booking on the afternoon ferry on monday and drove south from Calgary to Craignure early to climb the Corbett.

Most books suggest parking at the Birds of Prey centre car park at Upper Achnacroish however a number of notices suggested the owners have become hacked off with the walking fraternity not contributing to their honesty box for parking so we took the car back down the road. There’s part of an old road on the left just prior to the 2nd corner of this road that can be safely used to park.

The hill ascent is straightforward, follow the road and then the telecoms access road up the hill to 550m and then follow the ridge up to the lower top.

Across to Argyll with clear skies:

Across Duart Castle to Ben Starav:

We lucked out – the forecast had been sunny South and cloudy North, the whole of Mull to the North was cloudy but across to Argyll and Lochaber was glorious. Other than Ben Nevis we could make out everything from the Mamores down to the Arrochers and then on to Arran – brilliant. The climb has views all the way up Loch Linnhe.

Across to Loch Creran and Beinn Sgulaird:

Once at the lower top we were a bit disappointed that Mull remained cloudy so the other halh of the views over Mull and out to the isles were “jigsaw” views again.

Dun da Gaoithe summit ridge:

From the ridge to Beinn Fhada, Ben More hidden:

Easy walk to the summit sheltered from the wind chill then set off to reverse route back to the car.
You can drop into the E Corrie to circular route but we were having a relaxed amble.

Dun da Gaoithe from descent:

Strolled back down with interesting weather streaming across to Lochaber but we stayed in the sun.

Across Lismore with squalls:

Ferry heading to Oban:

Lounged for an hour at the shore then got the ferry back to head back to Edinburgh.

Yacht race:

A highly recommended hill, would make a great winter walk.

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