An extended approach to Conival. 27th May 2018.

Date: Sunday 27th May 2018
Distance: 17.5km
Ascent: 990m

A week based in Lochinver with a forecast for very hot, very sunny weather.

We thought, for day 1, that we’d explore another part of the long ridge that runs over around 20km from Ben More Lodge in the south, over Breabag, Conival to Glas Bheinn. One gap in our previous visits is between Loch nan Cuaran and Conival.

Parked at the public car park at Inchnadamh and set off. Quite a hot day, so we ambled along.

Nearly 1km in from the road there’s a path branching NE which heads up Allt Poll nan Droighinn into the coire below Glas Bheinn nad Beinn Uidhe.

A little height is gained with views back to Canisp:

The flowers were bursting up by this point – butterwort:

The ridge above is fairly gnarly looking:

At NC 273 239 thepath splits – last time we headed north to the bealach between Glas Bheinn and Beinn Uidhe then along Beinn Uidhe to Loch nan Cuaran and back to this point.

This time we took the path east up Allt Tarsuinn to Loch nan Cuaran.

This develops nice views north to Glas Bheinn:

Up to Loch nan Cuaran we stopped for a quick bite to eat.

Beinn Uidhe to the north is a quartzite rocky ridge. Between Loch nan Cuaran and Conival is Imir Fada – a long grassy ridge peppered in the lower reaches by little lochans.

We flitted between the lochans inspecting their contents. Lots of Caddis larvae clad in vegetation:

Grass, quartzite and lochans:

The 1:25000 map marked a grave at the north end of Imir Fada, we wondered why that was. As we reached the lip of the grassy area we could see a marker stone:

A wartime air crash site, and grave of the victims.

It was a pleasant wander south, a couple of km of easy terrain with big skies:

Once at the top of this there’s a view south to Conival and Ben More Assynt:

Headed up the munro. A standard munro track all of a sudden. Nice views open up to the north:

Once on the summit there’s an appetising view of the ridge south along Breagag.

Looking south it definitely looks as though we need to traverse this – we visited Breabag’s summit but missed most of that. One for the future.

Ben More Assynt:

Snow Bunting:

We decided not to cross to the other munro – it’s a bit of a quartzite plowter. Simply dropped back down the slope northwards.

Conival and Ben More Assynt:

Interesting 860m top:

Followed the munro route back down to Inchnadamph – I had memories of this being quite eroded and they were correct. Probably better to ascend than descend this route.

Distracted here and there by plants and waterfalls.

….and after a little while, back on the lovely path through Gleann Dubh back to the car:

Back to Lochinver and our accommodation for a few cold beers. Nice moonrise over Suilven too.

A recommended route (other than the munro path bit). Imir Fada and Loch nan Cuaran are well worth a visit.


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