Date: Saturday-Sunday 6th-7th May 2017
Weather: Dry, mainly sunny
Distance: 11.7 + 5.4km
Ascent: 1160 + 50m
A nice looking forecast for the weekend. Having been on enforced downtime due to a foot injury we were keen to get out and see if fitness had returned.
Plotted on the Friday evening in Fort William – beers outside in the sun for once. Decided to head to Mull in the morning.
An early start saw us at the Corran Ferry for the first run at 0630, and then a pleasant drive through Ardgour and Morvern had us standing in the sun at Lochaline for the first crossing to Mull.
We weren’t planning on anything too challenging. Pottered around a little, and then headed through Glen More to ascend Cruach Coireadail – a rather easy little Mull Graham. Parked at NM 616 303 and headed north on a faint ATV track to the shoulder before heading NW to Mam a Tiompain.
Spotted a Golden Eagle cruising along the ridge line.
And so to the main course – all feet were feeling fine so we drove round to Lochbuie. We’d had Creach Bheinn on the radar for a summit camp for a while. How to work it into a camping weekend hadn’t been clear. This seemed to fit.
Parked at the little parking space at NM 615 255. Took the path up Gleann Chaiginn Mhoir for a few hundred metres before breaking off and beginning the ascent of Creach Bheinn.
Hauled ourselves up the hill – fitness had definitely suffered from a month off and a steep Mull Graham with a camping pack was reasonably hard work.
Spotted a Golden Eagle sitting on the crags above us as we ascended – it moved on as we approached.
Now to relax – nowhere to go for about 16 hours. Got the insulating gear on and took in the views.
Creach Bheinn is a superb spot – it sits out with views NE up Loch Linnhe to Fort William, and has clear views south to Jura and across to Arran. A really excellent viewpoint.
Had our tea and sat around enjoying doing nothing. Eventually the sun began to set.
Then we toddled off down the hill to the car. Lochbuie is one of our favourite places on Mull – a great spot for wildlife surrounded by eye-catching hills. Took a wander around enjoying the coconut scent of the gorse.
Eventually had to leave to catch the afternoon ferry from Craignure. Another fine Mull trip and fitness returned.