Date: Wednesday 9th June 2010
Another reasonable forecast – so many options from Kintail – Glen Shiel, Glen Elchaig, Skye. Plumped for a visit to Arnisdale – up there with Elgol as a stunning location for me.
You need about 40mins to do the 20 miles from Shiel Bridge to Arnisdale over Ratagan Pass.
Parked at the Public parking at Corran. There is a path on the south side of the River Arnisdale from here but it’s a bit faint – better to use the estate track on the N.
There is a vehicle track running up from Achadh a Ghlinne up into Coire Chorsalain which makes for quick progress.
The lower western (618m) top has the better views out Loch Hourn so we ascended that first.
Had a bite to eat here sheltering from the rather chilly easterly breeze. Fun to identify all the Knoydart and Kinloch Hourn hills we’d been up over the last few years.
As with the weather most of the week the western fringes and islands were sunny while there was cloud and rain to the east.
From here simply dropped on grassy slopes to the N to reach the bealach with Beinn na Caorach at 410m. The long grassy SE ridge of Beinn na Caorach can then be ascended as a very easy amble.
Another long break here – out of the breeze it was warm and sunny. A small hoverfly choir was buzzing in different tones.
Headed on for Beinn na h-Eaglaise – visited this one last year with Beinn a Chapuill and Sgritheall and on a day like this we thought it well worth the re-climb.
From Caorach drop N and then W over the 605m top, turning to reclimb Beinn na h-Eaglaise up steep slopes.
Has to be said that none of the pics show how much Ladhar Bheinn dominates the area – it’s quite mouth-watering really.
The descent was down over Beinn Buidhe and then on down due S to the estate track. Mainly grass and mercifully few ferns.
A great little loop. The combination of sea views and hills, along with the richness of the area is very attractive. I’m sure we’ll be back.