Beinn Mheadhoin – above the superquarry. June 2009.

Date: Friday 12th June 2009
Distance: 17km
Ascent: 1100m

Last day in Strontian. Another beautiful day – sunny and clear. We’ve had a go at the Garbh Bheinn horseshoe and the Creach Bheinn horseshoe – the Graham Beinn Mheadhoin south of Kingairloch completes the set of walks on the Loch Linnhe W shores south of Corran.

Drove E from Strontian to take the coast road to Kingairloch – this has brilliant views of the Ben and Mamores and some excellent (but v narrow) coastal driving. Parked around NM 833 538 in a large layby.

There is a substantial track leading down to Kingairloch House – the estate has put signs on the tracks to keep you right – always a relief in avoiding people’s gardens and private spaces.

Immediately after the bridge over the Abhainn na Connich there’s a split in the road. The right track leads up around the new native species forest regeneration fence. It leads up the hill. Followed it up to about 100m and then struck up to the NE shoulder of Sgurr Shalachain. A bit ferny at first then grassy.

Nice view of Loch a Choire.

Beinn Mheadhoin:

A steep pull up Sgurr Shalachain and some views open up N to Garbh Bheinn and Beinn Resipol, W to Rum and Eigg.

The terrain is pleasant and grassy. We had a slow amble upwards.
A few undulations and then it’s the pull to the Beinn Mheadhoin summit.

Views to Rum, Eigg and Skye.

Loch Linnhe:

Mull

Lochaber:

Lismore:

On reaching the summit cairn the Glensanda Quarry comes into view with massive dumper trucks ferrying rock to the top station.

Certainly an odd experience to be over 2000ft and so close to such industry.

Lunch at the summit. Then on along the summit ridge past the quarry. We carried on along the ridge to NM 826 495.

Loch Linnhe from ridge:

I read a couple of books in terms of routes – was surprised that they recommended coming down direct from Beinn Mheadhoin or using Meall an Doire Dhuibh – seemed to me the Sgurr Bhuic ridge was the obvious descent given its great placement for sea views.

From our outlying top at NM 826 495 we disturbed a group of hinds – 2 fawns amongst them – too far for photos.

Great views – to the Ben:

Lismore:

Castle Stalker:

to Glen Coe:

Ben Cruachan:

Panorama.

The ridge is easy grass with minor undulations. Holds great views of Loch Linnhe.

The last 100m descent is a bit tussocky but quickly done.

The Friday 5pm weather front was approaching – outlying clouds were interesting:

We reached the loch at South Corry – the walk back was warm – a lovely area. Beinn Mheadhoin looks impressive.

Back to Strontian to catch our evening visitor.

This hill was every bit as enjoyable as expected – great views. Would be a spectacular winter walk and viewpoint.

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