Mullach nan Coirean from Lundavra. March 2013

Date: Sunday 31st March 2013
Distance: 10.5km
Ascent: 900m

A late arrival back from Rum after a camping trip and with the clocks changing we were a bit sluggish arising on Easter Sunday.

Looking for a short and easy walk we took the short drive up the Achintore road south out of Fort William to climb the westernmost Mamore – Mullach nan Coirean from this side.

Parked in a large off road area at NN 099 671. Spaces for many cars. Walked N 100m to the edge of the forestry and climbed over an old gate to access the grass field, striking uphill towards the WHW.

Simply carried on steeply uphill on grass towards the N ridge of Meall a Chaorrain.

Lochan Lunn Da-Bhra:

An easy amble up to Meall a Chaorrain:

This ridge steepens slightly in a few places but essentially is an easy walk with a few winds through crag bands.

H near summit with Stob Coire a Chearcaill behind:

Reached the summit to be greeted by the full southerly breeze – I’m sure the forecast was for 15mph – felt closer to 30mph……and Baltic.

Still – nice views.

Stob Ban and Sgurr a Mhaim:

Loch Linnhe – this top has the best views of the Mamores summits down Loch Linnhe to Mull:

Bidean nam Bian over Sgurr nam Fiannaidh:

Beinn a Bheithir over Tom Mheadhoin:

After a bite to eat we ambled over to the Munro summit. About our level of winter mountaineering:

Icy and Baltic approaching the summit:

As we approached the summit a small raptor whipped up from the N and flew up over us – a peregrine falcon. Unusually it circled around about 50m up giving us rather nice views through the binoculars before it hurtled away south.

Mamores from Mullach – not the best viewpoint for this range:

Ben Nevis (a snake of walkers visible with the binos):

Left the summit having seen our only walkers of the day and headed 100m along the normal SMC route before breaking off north, rather than the usual east ridge to Glen Nevis.

The north ridge gives rather good views down Loch Linnhe to Mull:

Glen Nevis:

Loch Linnhe:

Ascent ridge of Meall a Chaorrain:

Lochan Lunn Dha-bhra and Loch Linnhe:

There’s a deer fence at about 500m elevation with a gate on the lip of Coire a Mhuillin – about NN 115 677. The gate is locked anyway. There’s a new plantation below this of scattered native mixed woods – easily walked through to a gate at NN 114 685.

Stob coire a Chearcaill:

From here we joined the WHW for a couple of km before descending to the car.

Yet another unambitious bimble – a nice little loop though. The Mamores component could be extended east with a descent to the WHW and return that way for a longer walk.

May well revisit this sometime.

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