Clachach, Caorach and Eaglaise from Arnisdale. June 2010.

Date: Wednesday 9th June 2010
Distance: 15.4km
Ascent: 1400m

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.

Aquatic cow:

There is a vehicle track running up from Achadh a Ghlinne up into Coire Chorsalain which makes for quick progress.

Achadh a Ghlinne (hdr):

The summit ridge of Beinn Clachach is ascended up grassy slopes:

The lower western (618m) top has the better views out Loch Hourn so we ascended that first.

Loch Hourn and Sgritheall:

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.

From here struck off E for the 643m summit, an easy amble.

As with the weather most of the week the western fringes and islands were sunny while there was cloud and rain to the east.

Accompanied over the summit area by alarming Golden Plovers:

The Loch view from the true summit is obstructed by the lower top:

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.

Great views to Beinn Sgritheall from here:

Hazel approaching summit:

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.

Beinn Sgritheall:

Summit of Beinn na h-Eaglaise:

K on summit:

Beinn Sgritheall and Loch Hourn:

Ladhar Bheinn:

Ladhar Bheinn and Barrisdale:

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 little tarn above the lochan on Beinn Buidhe had some interesting wildlife – this dragonfly nymph was crawling towards the edge – it may be flying by now:

Many newts in here too:

Beinn Buidhe lochan and Ladhar Bheinn:

The lower slopes of the hill have the appearance of slope failures of old:

Lots of marsh plants on the way down too – Starry Saxifrage:

Out Loch Hourn (hdr):

Butterwort:

Lousewort:

Butterfly Orchid:

A beautiful summer’s evening in the glen. View back to Beinn Clachach:

The gorse was in full bloom still – quite late. The strong smell of coconut it gives off is something I look forward to.

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.

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