Beinn na Gucaig – a quick ascent from Lundavra. May 2008

Date: Saturday 24th May 2008
Distance: 8.2km
Ascent: 540m

Needed a short walk near Fort William to give a half day walk prior to shopping for a week’s self-catering in Ardnamurchan. Thought Beinn na Gucaig might fit the bill.
This can be climbed from Glen Righ or Lundavra. We thought we’d take a nose down to Lundavra as we’d never been down here. The road heads up from the 1st roundabout in Fort William (approaching from the south) and climbs steeply up the hill to a great Ben Nevis viewpoint and then south to meet the WHW at Blar a Chaorainn just before Lundavra. Nice little glen with a potential quiet climb up Mullach nan Coirean from here.
We parked at the bridge and headed straight up the slope of Sron Garbh. Beinn a Bheithir is visible down the glen:

The Beinn na Gucaig ridge is reached easily, gaining views over to Ardgour with Stob Coire a Chearcaill and Cona Glen.

Simple climb to the summit with views down Loch Linnhe towards Mull, over to Glen Coe, N to the Ben and W to Ardgour. The view down the length of Loch Linnhe catches the eye – we were a bit defeated by haze but potentially Mull should be clearly visible.

The day was clearing as we went. The view over to Ardgour and Cona Glen was interesting:

The return was pleasant, pathless walking disturbed a few pipits off their nests (always worried about stepping on one of these).

The view down the glen is to Ben Nevis:

And up the glen to Beinn a Bheithir:

Spotted a tiny toad:

Back to the car in about 3hrs, nice easy walk.

I’d seriously consider tackling along its SW nose from Inchree – the views along Loch Linnhe should build nicely on a clear day and it should still be a half day. Well worth the effort.

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