Rois-Bheinn from Glen Moidart March 2017

Date: Saturday-Sunday 25th-26th March 2017
Participants: Us
Weather: Beautiful
Distance: 9.6 + 11.2km
Ascent: 1100 + 250m

Started out from Fort William early – we were considering heading over from Glenfinnan to camp on the Graham An Stac again. Parked at Glenfinnan and considered….decided to be lazier and head up Rois-Bheinn from Glen Moidart instead.

Back in the car and drove round to park at the church public car park at Kinlochmoidart NM 710 727.

A beautiful spring morning. We walked from the car on the marked path through the grounds of Glen Moidart House and on through the deciduous woods beyond.

We’d seen the new hydro track running up to Loch nam Paiteam from afar and had wondered about using it to ascend Brunery Hill, and on over the Dhomhuills to Rois-Bheinn.

In the event we took the old stalker’s path marked on the OS which made for a fine ascent to the high lochs.

Loch nam Paiteam:

Wandered round Loch nam Paiteam and up Brunery Hill.

Loch Dearg from Brunery Hill:

Carried on towards Sgurr Dhomhuill Beag:

Quite rough ground – views began to open up over Ardnamurchan to Mull:

The ascent of Sgurr Dhomhuill Mor got our feet in some soft snow:

The Ben looked a little whiter mind you:

From Sgurr Dhomhuill Mor we took a straight line across the bealach and steeply up Rois-Bheinn to the west top, filtering the night’s water close to the summit.

Pitched the tent a little west of the west top….sublime spot:

To the south over the Dhomhuills the hills of Mull were clear:

Skye was obvious to the NW:

Having had a short day we had the reward of mooching around on one of the finest viewpoints in the Highlands for several hours:

Ben More (Mull):

Scarp and Skye:

Rum and Eigg:

Sun path out to sea:

Scarp and Small Isles:

Rois-Bheinn east top and Ben Nevis:

It had been a little hazy – as the sun set we saw that it was setting behind Barra:

The Cuillin:

We had our tea and watched as night developed. I have to say that we’ve become rather addicted to these western seaboard high camps. Spotting the lights and lighthouses of the west of Scotland is something I never tire of.

Off to bed – there had been a chilly breeze in the evening, but temperatures seemed to rise and the wind dropped out overnight.

Dawn poured syrupy over the hills:

The Small Isles were clearer:

The Cuillin:

Scarp and Small Isles:

Skye over Ardnish:

We had breakfast and then packed up in a leisurely manner – we were going to reverse route so there wasn’t any rush.

Dropped down west from the summit initially. Once down to the 700m mark there’s a line of weakness that allows a less steep return to the bealach with Sgurr Dhomhuiil Mor.

Sgurr Dhomhuill Mor and Sgurr Dhomhuill Beag:

We were treated to a Golden Eagle flypast on Sgurr Dhomhuill Beag, went out to the edge over the Glen Moidart to look across to Beinn Gaire:

Carried on back to Brunery Hill – the landscape up here is marvellously reminiscent of Harris:

We took the new hydro road down – it runs from just west of Brunery Hill and drops madly steeply down to the farm at Brunery.

From there we walked out the road and back to the car.

Such a beautiful spring day – we were sure that we had many, many such weekends to come for 2017…..aye right.

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