Beinn Udlaidh and Beinn Bhreac-liath. October 2008

Date: Sunday 5th Oct.2008
Distance: 11.5km
Climb: 940m

Up fairly early in Kintail. Unfortunately it was raining again, forecast suggested clearing later but sunnier south so took off in the car down to Bridge of Orchy (and Davelaid’s Am Bathach report shows it cleared to a lovely day but needed to get home by early evening so couldn’t wait for it 😦 )

Tried not to breathe too close to the wee bunkhouse to avoid inhaling the alcohol fumes rolling out of it. πŸ˜‰

Driving S along the A82 the white quartzite band on Beinn Udlaidh again caught the eye – decided.

No pre-planning so checked the Corbett book and parked up at Invergaunan.

There’s a gate at the space W of the bridge. We took this and then squelched up through forest breaks until we got through the forest, no Deer Keds like FC but a poor route.

By the sound of other reports taking the track up the E side of Allt Ghamhnain and fording past the forest would be better.

Anyway 3ft fence at the forest top and then out, just shy of the quartzite band.

Enjoyed walking up this – looked at it from the road many times.

Some showers and rainbows then skies cleared from the E

Great views from Ben Starav to Stob Ghabhar

A little steep outcrop and then views to Ben Cruachan develop.

Some high lochans and reflections – Ben Cruachan and Loch Awe

Ben Cruachan:

Bridge of Orchy munros:

From here an easy walk to the summit. The transmitter monstrosity is rotting away very slowly.

Great views of Cruachan and then the Etive munros. In the opposite direction Ben Lui, Crianlarich munros and on to Vorlich/Stuc a Chroin.

More Cruachan:

Simple walk down to the bealach – views down over Tyndrum to

Crianlarich munros:

Then on up the slopes of Beinn Bhreac-liath. View back to Beinn Udlaidh:

Views from here across to the Auch Corbetts and Bridge of Orchy munros.

View of Quartzite strip and Loch Awe:

Air clear enough to see across Rannoch to Sgurr Innse and a white Ben Alder (kept it’s snow unlike most of the others).

Small pano:

Unusually for a Corbett bumped into a group of 5 walkers – a record bar the Cobbler.

From here a brutal descent back to Invergaunan aiming for the wee wood just E of the cottage (a gentler descent could be taken heading for the road further E and then walk back along the road 1.5km.

Very enjoyable views from these 2, especially Beinn Udlaidh. Good Sunday stroll on the way home.


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