Knoydart – Beinn Bhuidhe. June 2011.

Date: Wednesday 8th June 2011
Distance: 23km
Ascent: 1500m

Another weather window in a holiday of weather windows – a good start clouding by midday.

Got up at 0430 and headed out for 0530 – a lovely morning. Even the High Street was deserted as we wandered out 😉

Walked through Inverie and out to Kilchoan. Rum and Rubha Raonuill:

A rather tame group of stags here.

I’d been eyeing up Beinn Bhuidhe all week – the most direct route steeply climbs to the weir up Allt Dubh and then up Coire nan Ghobhar. Thought we would prefer to ascend less steep slopes above Kilchoan and then get out to the ridge line over Loch Nevis as a more attractive walk.

Left the track at NM 777 989, crossed the field and through a gap in the fence on the other side, and then climbed the slopes in a southwesterly direction to the flatter terrain at 300m – NM 780 979.

There were some moody views of the monument and the Dubh Lochan on the way.

Coire nan Ghobhar:

Crossed between the 2 lochans in a southerly direction until we were on the ridge line with a view across Loch Nevis to Tarbert.

The eye-catching Sgurr an Eilen Ghiubhais outside Mallaig – we need to go back to this one:

Tarbert with Rois-Bheinn behind:

Hints of cloud to come – a streamer on Bidean a Chabhair:

A few pools around – some dragonfly nymphs and diving beetle larvae:

We climbed the slopes of Sgurr a Mhadaidh-ruaidh – it might be that the ridge of Tom an Neoil would have a better view. Ours was pretty good.

Photos were made a bit tricky heading into the sun. The cliffs of Sgurr Coire nan Ghobar:

Easy terrained progress to Sgurr Coire nan Ghobhar.

Coire nan Ghobhar from above, Ladhar Bheinn in background:

Once on Sgurr Coire nan Ghobhar views develop inland to Sgurr na Ciche and Ben Aden. Quite dramatic:

From here a grassy ridge walk to the summit of Beinn Bhuidhe. A day of 2 halves here – to the west there was sun, sea and islands – to the east grey skies and rain approaching.

West views:

East views:

A great viewpoint for Sgurr na Ciche.

Tempted to head back west to the sun. 😉

Continued on east along the ridge. The descent from the 802m top is very steep – we escaped the worst on the south side.

The summit of Beinn Bhuidhe from the east:

The steep step to 802m from the east:

A descent to the Mam Meadail track from Mam Uchd is possible but we wanted to complete the ridge so carried on.

Climbed up again over Meall Bhasiter – just E of this summit is probably the best viewpoint for Sgurr na Ciche, Gharbh Chioch Mhor and Ben Aden. A bit obscured by cloud unfortunately.

Quartzite band:

Back to Beinn Bhuidhe:

Sgurr na Ciche and Ben Aden – rugged stuff:

Sat and had lunch near Mam Meadail – looking to see if the day would improve.

I’d quite hoped to climb Meall Bhuidhe from here but the cloud made that a less appetising choice so we headed back down the track for Inverie.

In many ways my favourite Knoydart Corbett I think – that kind of long high ridge with land and sea views is a joy to walk. You could camp nearly anywhere on it too.

Can see us making a return to this one some time.


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