Corra Bheinn 21st December 2017.

Date: Thursday 21st December 2017
Distance: 5.3km
Ascent: 660m

A week on Mull to round off the year. Weather had been unspectacular, but actually fine for getting out and about. Mull delivered its share of otters, Sea Eagles, Golden Eagles and Hen Harriers to see as well.

Staying on the south shore of Loch Sgriodain, we’d been looking at Ben More, Cruachan Dearg and Corra Bheinn when they were clear. We decided to grab a clear looking morning to head back up Corra Bheinn.

Loch Sgriodain:

There’s space for 2 cars to park at NM 571 305.

The route is simple and short – ascend up the (N) side of Allt Ghillecaluim to around 240m height and then turn at the small ravine to head up the south ridge of Corra Bheinn.

Fairly steep but easy underfoot.

The Allt has several small waterfalls on the way.

Waterfall:

Once the south ridge is gained views quickly start to build with rapid height gain.

East towards Dun da Gaoithe:

Beinn Mheadhain and Ben Buie:

H on ascent:

As we ascended we could see low cloud spilling over the Ross of Mull and eventually that there was a rather choppy, rough cloud inversion south of Mull.

Loch Fuaran and clouds to the south:

Ben More fairly looms above the Mull Grahams.

Ben More:

Quite an atmospheric day, we were happy to see the cloud hat on Ben Buie clear – had been worried that a clagging was in the offing.

Ben Buie clearing:

We’d managed a 25km walk the previous day, this one was very short and fairly steep. A bit of a warm down.

H nearing summit:

Having achieved the summit we mooched around, had some food and enjoyed the views. It is a rather nice viewpoint.

Ben More:

Jura was visible with a gloomy backdrop, above the southern inversion.

The Paps of Jura:

Further away we could see Arrochar, Cowal and Arran. With clear enough conditions you can see hills on Ireland from Mull.

Arran:

Beinn Mheadain and a distant Ben Cruachan:

There are a number of decent pitch sites – this would be a fine summit camp. We had no views north beyond Mull, but on a clear day the Uists, Rum and Skye should all be visible from Corra Bheinn.

The low cloud was moving around as we wandered the top with changing light. Worth spending an hour watching.

Low cloud flow:

Ben Cruachan:

Arran again:

Ben More, cloud building:

More cloud flow:

Lit low cloud, dark Paps of Jura:

Eventually packed up to head down, we had considered crossing over to Beinn Mheadain but with cloud building and its lower height we didn’t think we’d extract much more from the visit.

Returned by the ascent route.

Changing light, fading sun:

Ben More on descent:

Descent in grey:

A cracking wee hill, a contrast to our first visit which had been in the heat and vibrant green of June 2012.

A summit camp here is definitely on the to do list.

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