Date: Saturday 24th November 2018
The weekend was looking quite cloudy, the best chance of sun looked to be the west. With the best conditions forecast for the coastal strip we headed out the Mallaig road to head up a smaller hill.
The area around western Loch Monar is gnarly ground and contains a few lower Marilyns with great views. Back in 2012, on our Glenfinnan to Lochailort camping trip we’d passed close to the summit of Creag Bhan. Decided to head up this one.
The most efficient route for this one would be the path up from Arieniskill that we came down last time.
Decided to have a wander in from the west side instead.
Had a long lie and started late. Parked at the large parking area off the A830 at NM 752 826. Took the old road under the railway and then took the transmitter track uphill from there (over a very dilapidated stile).
Crossed the upper deer fence at NM 756 832 (the fence is actually collapsed here, near an old stile).
The views open up as the hill is ascended – Rum and Eigg begin to catch the eye.
Set off from Arnabol Hill east towards Creag Bhan. We were in no hurry, just as well as progress over this kind of gnarly ground is usually slow. Bluffs, crags and wrinkles need to be bypassed. No chore in the sunshine.
Got out of the rather biting easterly and sat down for lunch. The heat of the sun was just about detectable. Certainly cooler air than the previous weekend.
Back to the transmitter at near to sunset it was a quick wander back to the car.
There are too many fine wee corners in this part of Scotland. Having revisited it did whet the appetite for more – Sithean Mor in particular looks like a wee hill with stellar views.