Buidhe Bheinn at Kinloch Hourn. March 2008.

Date: 15th March 2008
Distance: 14km
Ascent: 1300m

Forecast for the NW finally looked good so off we went. Kicked off from Fort Bill at sunrise. Stopped off at the Spean Bridge Commando Memorial for some nice views.

Along past Invergarry and off onto the old road (used to pass Tomdoun, bisecting the 2 halves of Loch Loyne prior to hydro and then over past the E end of the South Shiel ridge to Cluanie). The road follows Loch Garry – nice reflections:

This drive is brilliant – nice views along Loch Quoich:

The normal proliferation of stags at the roadside were in attendance:

Kicked off the walk from the lochan at NG 958 056 – not too tight to pay for parking at Kinloch Hourn but hate the drive down the mental road from ther with a frost. There’s a track runs from there to the Allt Coire Sgoireadail. Lovely morning – first view of Ladhar Bheinn:

Cross the Allt and follow the track above Kinloch Hourn. The track follows the pylons running from the Great Glen to Skye (incongruous in the wild looking land here). Follow it to the bealach at NG 943 079 we took the 2nd stalkers path using the westerly one to ascend the hill. Started to develop views along Loch Hourn to Ladhar Bheinn.

No shortage of Red Deer:

Track petered out into the snow line, headed NW for the ridge line. Nice views to Beinn Sgritheall:

The whole place is typical of the Knoydart area and surrounds – rough and undulating – false top central.

Ptarmigan on the ridge:

The views out Loch Hourn are phenomenal – Ladhar Bheinn looks stunning with snow:

To be honest the views with sea are what catch the eye – nice panoramas S to Arkaig hills and N to Shiel Hills but they’re a bit of a white jumble. Towards Sgurr na Ciche:

There’s a ridge across to the true top (OS spot heights the lower 879m top not the 885m). We felt obliged to nip across and back (although the real star is the 879m top with its view):

Back to 879m top – great view of the Cuillin and Sgritheall:

Headed down first south and then SW towards the Lochan at NG 959 081 to pick up the other stalkers path. Nice sky and view:

A Golden Eagle came sailing round the contour – really close. It didn’t panic, just altered its circles – fabulous:

Sorry to keep posting it but even in descent the Loch Hourn view is great:

Headed down through the woods to Kinloch Hourn – a beautiful stand of pine, Eucalyptus and rhododendron. Back up the road to the car.

This was on my high priority list for good days. Stunning views, lovely drive.

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