Two wee hills outside An Gearasdan. December 2014

Date: Friday 27th December 2014
Distance: 8.9km
Ascent: 640m

In Fort William for a couple of days.

After our Boxing Day Beinn a Ghlo walk we had a longer lie (with a poorer forecast for the Saturday).

A look out the window revealed a nice day.

We’d been up the 2 S2K Marilyns up the Lundavra road at Easter – a passable day. Decided to revisit them.

Last time for Bidean Bad na h-Iolaire we’d headed up from the north via the Cow Hill track and Beinn Riabhach. A bit heathery.

This time we parked up at NN 100 685 – a big off road area. Walked 300m N back up the road to NN 098 691 – took a gate here into the fields.

Ben Nevis from Blarmachfoldach:

Just into the fields a group of Reed Buntings were browsing.

Reed Bunting:

From here 2 further gates uphill allow easy access to the ridge. Views build to the west.

Meall nan Cleireach:

Sgorr Dhomhnuill:

Ambled up the ridge in full-on relaxed bimble mode. The Mamores begin to peek up.

Sgurr a Mhaim:

It’s only a brief walk until the Ben hoves into view again.

Hoar frost and the Ben:

A bit of a sea view behind.

H with Loch Linnhe behind:

The Ben was looking most alluring.

Ben Nevis:

…as was Stob Coire a Chearcaill – we really must do this one justice one day.

Stob Coire a Chearcaill:

As the summit ridge is reached Fort William is visible.

Fort William:

H at summit:

Quite an atmospheric view of Ben Nevis and the Mamores.

Ben Nevis from summit:

The intriguing Dun Deardail was catching the low sun too.

Mamores and Dun Deardail:

Mooched around for 30 minutes before turing around as the Ben began to cloud.

The Ben Clouding:

Skooted down the hill with an aim to get up the wee Marilyn Druim na h-Earba for sunset.

Back to the car we parked at the picnic spot NN097 721 to head the short way up this little hill.

The Ben was pinkening as we headed up the path to the summit.

The Ben from Druim na h-Earba:

10 minutes achieved the hill’s ridge line and a view of An Gearasdan.

Fort William from Druim na h-Earba:

The Ben got a bit pinker.

Lowering sun on the Ben:

The hill is a fine winter sunset viewpoint with the sun setting down Loch Linnhe over Creach Bheinn of Mull. Had about 20 minutes watching the sun fall.

Sun setting towards Corran:

Fort William:

Loch Linnhe sunset:

Cracking wee pair of hills – perhaps should have got up and done something a bit bigger….but we did really enjoy the return to these two.


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