The Stack of Glencoul and Glas Bheinn. June 2010.

Date: Friday 18th June 2010
Distance: 20.3km
Ascent: 1500m

A reasonable forecast for the Far North – last year the Stack of Glencoul had caught our eye and a trip out to this was in the offing.

We decided to take the track from Loch na Gainmhich NC 239 285 over Bealach a Bhuirich – the tourist track to the Eas a Chual Aluinn. This is reasonable over the bealach but does break down into a bit of bogginess approaching the waterfall.

Quick progress to the bealach at 450m (from a 250m road start). Loch Bealach a Bhuirich and Quinag:

The Stack of Glencoul from the track:

The view from the top of Eas a Chual Aluinn is a bit limited – it’s a long way down:

We headed SE along the cliff line for some better views of the falls:

About 500m SE of the falls there’s a reasonable grassy slope leading down into the glen. We then headed N on a rising traverse to ascend the Stack on grassy steep slopes. The views of the falls improve:

Wild thyme (I think):

We reached about NC 285 285 and then headed NE to the Stack. The falls remain impressive:

There’s a last steep pull up to the summit. Views from here along Loch Coul:

And along Loch nan Caorach:

We had lunch in the shelter of rocks at the summit – warm in the sun, Baltic in the wind.

We then headed along the E side of Loch nan Caorach disturbing a number of deer and seeing 1 young fawn which scarpered before photos.

The scalloped coires of Beinn Uidhe were impressive:

Running deer:

Descended from Loch nan Caorach to the unnamed lochan at NC 298 259 and crossed the outflow in a nice gully:

We then picked up the Stalkers path running back towards the falls taking the branch at NC 278 270 leading up to the bealach between Glas Bheinn and Beinn Uidhe.

This track is hard to follow and tended to disappear so progress was slow.

Glas Bheinn bealach:

Stack of Glencoul and Beinn Leoid from Glas Bheinn ascent:

From the bealach there’s only about 150m climb to the summit – mainly rocky ground.

Dwarf Cornell near the summit:

The day had clouded a bit but there were still good views to Assynt.

Canisp, Stac Pollaidh and Suilven:

Quinag:

The descent of Glas Bheinn is very simple – a few km down the NW ridge and back to the car. NW ridge:

Back up NW ridge:

We headed E into the corrie near the end of the ridge to follow the stream down to Loch a Ghainmhich.

Quite a tiring day – although tracks are there the ground remains very rough and progress was slow. A great walk though.

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