Date: Sunday 12th October 2014
Beinn Sgulaird – a munro set-off to the SW flank of Glen Coe with a combination of superlative sea views one way and hill views the other.
Add a couple of minor reascents to the SMC red route and a substantial proportion of the bagging public refer to it by epithet.
Quite informative I suppose.
Ascended on a grand day back in 2004 it has been on the back boiler for reascent for quite a while. During our little loop of the S2K Beinn Mheadonach and Beinn Trilleachan we’d been looking at the eastern arm of Sgulaird with interest. The plan for a traverse was whetted further by Adrian’s report earlier in the year.
Parked up at Druimavuic NN 009 451 – the start of another eyesore hill track which climbs up to the Sgulaird/Creach Bheinn bealach.
Approaching the top of the first of Beinn Sgulaird’s bumps – the 863m point NN 043 448 – the high cloud returned cutting out the sun and patchy mist came and went.
Decided to take a break at the 863m point – the forecast had been for an improving day so no hurry.
The route from the 863m point to the summit involves a couple of short drops and climbs – nothing of any great difficulty.
Accompanied by a choir of stags and ptarmigan (bass and tenor gargling) we pressed on to the summit.
It was a lovely evening for reflections – the lack of a single midge in such conditions suggests the season is well and truly over.
Tore ourselves away to follow the farm track round into Glen Creran for the remaining 5km back to the car – mixed deciduous and pine woods in lowering syrupy light.
Back to the car before sunset. Able to drive back along the loch to take a picture of red, red hills. Wishing we were up one of them in a tent.
A really enjoyable walk over a great hill. I’d wondered if we should have done it in reverse to get the best conditions on the W ridge descent, but on reflection I think the views in Glen Ure and the sunny glen return were more than worth it.
Still a lot of interest in this area – definitely one for a camping trip. As for Beinn Sgulaird and its unflattering sobriquet…..if it keeps the hill quieter then who am I to argue?