Mull Pick and Mix part 1. Cruach Choireadail. June 2012.

Date: Tuesday 5th June 2012
Distance: 3.3km
Ascent: 460m

Having crossed from Arran to Kintyre via the Kennacraig-Claonaig ferry on Monday afternoon we wended our way N to Oban via Kilmartin and other touristy halts.

A nice crossing to Mull with just enough time for Calmac fish’n’chips saw us arrive at 4pm on a sunny afternoon with enough time for a quick jaunt.

Lismore Lighthouse:

I’d originally planned to walk the remaining Mull Grahams in pairs, but for Talaidh/Dearg and Buie/Creach Bheinn that involved a drop to base level between the hills. For Choireadail and Corra Bheinn it involved some rather gnarly stuff and a scree ascent.

The revised plan was for a pick and mix of solitary Graham ascents – starting with Cruach Choireadail.

Parked at a large layby at NM 604 298. The route is essentially ascend-pause and enjoy-descend.

Grassy slope – aiming for the apparent low point.

Steep ascent:

Reached the top in about 45minutes then stopped to enjoy the view.

Ben Hiant and Rum:

Talaidh/Dearg/Dun da Gaoithe:

Ben More and Loch Sgridain:

Ben More:

A very pleasant summit. Turned back for the car and a quick descent.

Fritillary:

Back at the car we drove W to find a camp spot. At the road junction near Loch Beg there were a lot of folks with long lenses. Soon spotted a pair of short-eared owls hunting the marshes. Spent 20 mins here and then drove round to Dhiseig where I’d fancied camping for a while.

A broody oystercatcher was on a nest nearby:

A pleasant day.

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