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Munro bagging and hillwalking in Scotland. Weekends and days spent getting wet* and tired in the Scottish hills in the name of fun with good friends.
(* sometimes it is sunny!)
Scotland has 284 Munros, hills over 3000 feet and Munro bagging is the climbing of all of these mountains. It is an excellent way to explore the Scottish hills.
I am a "Munro bagger"!
Current total is
I also enjoy the many other Scottish hills, the Corbetts for instance (a Scottish mountain or hill between 2 500' and
3000') and by no means limit my hillwalking to the Munros.
I am also into photography and will be doing a site of mountain wild flowers and the butterflies and moths of Scotland soon.
Sites Allan (the author) is involved in:
Holiday Cottages in Scotland
Natural Arch in Berwickshire
Website design in Scotland
Bridal underwear and petticoats
Dancewear and dance shoes
What else? Pinups of the 50's
We all like pinups, this is a look at pinups in the 50's glamour or "gentleman's" magazines of the 50's - very tame by today's
Hillwalking and Munro bagging
blog of hillwalking in the Scottish hills and mountains from a Munro bagger.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004No Munro bagging for nearly a month, not been hillwalking at all. I was due to go away this weekend but my father was ill and I could not get away.
The weather has been rubish anyway. I prefer either sunshine or snow, rather have a good blizzard than drizzle any day.
Trying to keep fit by going to the gym and dancing - modern Jive - which I do a lot of too.
Saturday, October 09, 2004Weekend was great with 5 Munros bagged.
Friday three of us did the circuit of Coire Lair above Achnashellach station. The long ridge of Beinn Liath Mhor has some amazing views over Torridon to the north and West and out to Skye. There are excellent paths most of the way that disappear between Beinn Liath Mhor ans the second Munro of the route, Sgorr Ruadh.
Sunday the weather was not so good with frequent heavu showers. Setting off from Glen Torridon I headed up round the West of Sail Mhor, the most westerly top of Beinn Eighe, heading into the magnificent Coire Mhic Fhearchair. Triple buttress dominates this atmospheric corrie. As you go around the Loch and climb towards the south east corner of the corrie parts of an aircraft, a Lancaster that crashed here in 1951 can be seen. A series of smaller lochans and waterfalls make the ascent very pleasant until the scree slope is reached.
Its a pleasant walk from the top of the scree slope to the summit Ruadh-stac Mhor the highest Munro of Beinn Eighe and views over Flowerdale forrest. From here I doubled back to reach the main ridge and on to Spidean Coire nan Calch (the other Munro on this mountain) and down scree and heather slopes to the south and back to the carpark. I would have liked to spend more time exploring the tops and ridges but the weather was getting worse and I was already very wet.
Monday I climbed Fionn Bheinn at Achnasheen on the way home. This is a very rounded hill out of place in the rugged mountains of the area. Still a nice river with a small gorge on the way up. Then peat bogs! Although the final slopes are grassy and pleasant and ther are good views from this Munro to Torridon and beyond.
Munro bagging total is 221.
Monday, October 04, 20045 Torridon Munros bagged, Munro bagging total is 221 - will post the details over this week.
Tuesday, September 28, 20044 days hillwalking and munro bagging in Torridon this weekend. Travelling up Thursday, coming home Monday. Fantastic scenery and hills up there, Mumros and Corbetts. Staying at Mol Mor base camp with the group, so lots of chat, food and drink too with good friends.
Thursday, September 16, 2004Munro bagging total now 216.
Walking in Glenshee yesterday (Wednesday 15th September), weather has definitely turned autumnal. We headed of from the Dulmunzie hotel, you have to pay to park here, but they are very welcoming.
We followed the dimantled railway to the bridge half way to Glenlochsie Lodge in Glenlochsie. I headed up the burn to Creag Bhreac and followed the ridge round and Ralph continued up the track. we met up again at the summit of Glas Tulaichean.
Going around the corrie we descended towards Man nan Carn picking up the path on its lower slopes going up to the bealoch between it and Carn an Righ. We ascended Carn an Righ - my only new Munro of the day. We retraced our steps to the bealoch and climbed the shoulder of Man nan Carn skirting sround to the bealoch between it and Beinn Iutharn Mhor our third Munro of the day. Retracing our steps again we descended to the bealoch and skirted around Mam nan Carn to the bealoch between it and Beinn Iutharn Bheag, then descending to Loch nan Eun, a lovely spot.
We followed the path down the Allt Easgaidh to the track in Glean Taitneach, crossing the bridge below Ben Gulabin and back to the hotel for a bite to eat and some hot drinks.
16 miles and eight hours. The weather was variable with some showers.
Sunday, September 12, 2004A great days hillwalking in the Cairngorms on Friday - Braeriach from Whitewell. No addition to my munro bagging total as I have done this hill before. On leaving the car a peacock butterfly appeared, I didn't realise they were found this far north. (There are stacks of these beautiful butterflies in Edinburgh's Queen's Park).
We set off from Whitewell joining and following the track to Loch Einich. On reacing the Beanaidh Bheag (river) we began the ascent of Braeriach. The walking was tough over heather until we reached the ridge.
The weather was glorious so we stopped at the Loch Coire an Lochain for quite a while dangling our feet in its icy cold waters. What a great place below the cliffs of Coire an Lochain with Sgor Gaoith as a backdrop. A large green lochan, surrounded by boulders.
We then ascended the final part of the ridge, crossing the plateau to near the summit and then across to Cairn Einich, exploring the Wells of Dee, and then back along the rim of the eastern cliffs past the Falls of Dee to the summit.
We descended via Sron na Larige and followed the Lairig Ghru to the Cairngorm Club footbridge, and should have easily found our way to the car. Ralph new a short cut and no we didn't need to look at the map.
After a long while on a track through now dark woods and we knew we were not in the right place, a few tracks later and we were back on the right track via our not so short cut. We had ascertained by the light of my mobile phone that this track although going the wrong way would meet up with the track we needed and we just needed to back track about 1.5 KM.
All we had to do now was to find the short track from this track to the Whitewell parking area. My daughter rang on the mobile wanting something at this moment and this set some dogs off barking. We were at a junction of another track that I thought would lead to the Whitewell road and back to the car. Ralph insisted he recognised the dogs bark and we should go the other way. We set off with a time limit of how far we should go. Either way would have taken us back to the car, which is were we arrived a short while later. Mountain navigation by dog bark! Mountain mad indeed.
Saturday, August 21, 2004Another days Munro bagging in Scotland
Strating at Inverey I headed off dwon the track into Glen Ey. Already tired from my long walk yesterday my feet were sore from the start.
I reached Altanour Lodge in 1 hour 45 minutes. Here the track ends and a path (muddy and variable) starts. I headed up tha Allt Beinn Lutharn still uncertain as to whether I was doing three or two munros today.
I followed the burn all the way to its source and the bealoch between Man nan Carn and Beinn Lutharn Mhor. Looking over to Carn an Righ I decided that two was enough for today, anyway the weather was starting to close in. I climbed to te summit of Beinn Lutharn Mhor, a short distance and rested for a little while.
Proceeding to the north summit I could see my next Munro - Carn Bhac. The way off to the East from the north summit is very steep and stony. From here a tramp across peat bogs and the grassy slops of Munro two of the day. One of the advantages of not using a bike is being able to vary one's route. I descended from Carn Bhac into Glen Connie. A steep descent on heather and grass. Once in Glen Connie I picked up a path on the east side of the Allt Connie which quickly became a grassy track. I followed this until it joined a forestry track and from there back to Inverey. the map shows a bridge crossing the Ey Burn from this track - it is long gone.
All the usual wild flowers were to be seen (Bog Asphodel, Eyebright, Wild Thyme and of course purple heather!) and some butterflies - common blue among them.
A total of 30km (18 miles) and about 900m (2950 ') and a weekend total of 70km
(43 miles) and 2250m (7380')
4 Munros bagged, a Munro bagging total of 215.
Monday, August 16, 2004Latest Munro bagging weekend was a real treat with wonderful weather. An excellent days hillwalking was had on Saturday in glorious sunshine.
I did Beinn a Bhuird and Ben Avon from Keiloch, 40 km and 1350m. The day starts from the car park at Keiloch on a tarred road, soon track. There are sign posts in this part of the estate, although the map shows (landranger43) the track going straight to The Slugain (marked ruin on the map) it does not, there is a turning (not signposted) to the left after Alltdourie to some cottages and a barn. If you straight on you will end up well out of the way the track goes up the Glas Allt Beag direction.
The glen up to the lodge (The Slugain) narrows and is very attractive, full of buterflies (Fritillary) on Saturday. A little after the lodge the track ends and a well maintained path continues in more open country. My route took me off this path to the left, wading across the Allt Dearg and up the southern side of Beinn a Bhuird. Initially the path is not so good, but once on the hill is excellent, dissappearing towards the south top.
The ridge was wonderful and a great walk to the summit with views across the Cairngorms in all directions.
Down to the Sneck, there are some slabs to be avoided here, difficult in bad weather I should imagine, and then the ascent to Ben Avon and the wonderful granite tor at the summit (Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe).
Back down to the sneck and that great path back the Slugain and ten and a half hours later I was back at the car, a little tired.
Eyebright and bog asphodel were among the mountain flowers on display. I also saw a large herd of red deer on the hillside coming down from Ben Avon.
Two Munros bagged! Munro bagging total 213. Another two on Sunday from Inverey, will post details tomorrow.
Thursday, August 12, 2004Off hillwalking and Munro bagging this weekend to Braemar with the "group". Planning to bag at least four new Munros over two days. Both will be big days, long walk ins, although not to much ascent.
Monday, August 09, 2004Great days hillwalking and Munro bagging with 4 new Munros completed on Saturday. Starting at Luiblea with a long walking I did the Beinn Eibhinn to Carn Dearg ridge, about 36km or 24 miles and 1800m or 6000 feet. Very tired after that!
Walking in to the resevoir before Lochan na h-earba, and then following the track to the ruin at Lubvan. The track turns into a reasonable path, muddy in places, following the Allt Cam. This path goes to Dubh Lochan for a possible return route. I left it where the river splits turning south west climbing over peat bogs to where Meall Cos Charnan ends amd the Allt Gualainn a Charra Mhoir runs down from the Lochan a Charra Mhoir. The view in to the coire looks wonderful from here with a ring of cliffs from Beinn Eibhinn to Aonach Beag.
Reaching the lip of the coire I climbed the near ridge of Beinn Eihinn which looks rocky from below but is not once up there and on to the Munro's summit. Easy terrain leads round to Aonach Beag and onto Geal Charn. Across the broad summit plateau to the rocky drop to Diollaid a Chairn. Looking back at this point you see the true rocky character of the ridge. Ben Alder is rugged from this viewpoint too.
I then climbed Carn Dearg, Munro 4 of the day. The Ben Alder massive looks great from here, another big day. Dropping off at a bearing to meet the path climbing to Loch a Bhealaich Leamhain. A slow and tired ascent, the last climb of the day of only 600 feet and the long walk back to the car on the Loch Laggan road.
Wildlife was everywhere, from butterflies, moths and big hairy caterpillars. Wild flowers included eyebright, selfheal, wild thyme and bilberries - all profuse, with the yellow flowers of bog asphodel brightening the walk in and out. The lovely common milkwort and some saxifrages were also spotted.
10.5 hours later, I collapsed in a heap at the car. My Munro bagging total now at 211.
Saturday, July 10, 2004I have been doing research into the flowers I saw on that last hillwalking trip. Lousewort and the little yellow orchid is not an orchid but common cow-wheat I think. We also saw meadow vetchling in the valley / glen. The gentians appear to be marsh and spring gentians, although marsh gentian is not supposed to be that far north, more research needed!
And more Munros soon.
Sunday, July 04, 2004Great hillwalking and Munro bagging weekend in Glen Affric with friends. Only one days walking with the weather holding out. 4 Munros on the Strath Farrar ridge.
Access is through a locked gate that Scottish National Heritage control. Arriving at 9:00 am you collect a pass and are allowed through. There is a limit on the number of cars allowed in and you have to out by 8:00 pm, which is an improvement on the previous 6:00 pm exit time. The landowner at the end of the Glen is pushing to have this reversed, even though they are an absentee landlord living in Malaysia for most of the year.
We used three cars, one dropped at the finish point quite far up the glen, the other two carrying the nine of us to the start point. It began to rain as we set off.
We followed a track up into a large corrie beneath Sgurr na Muice and imposing hill to our left. There was the usual orchids, Gentian and common spotted and a little yellow orchid I have not identified yet. As we reached the final climb to the first Munro, Sgurr Fhuar-thuill the sun came out. It's a roller coaster of a ridge from here to the next Munro Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais. Then a 150m drop and climb back up to Carn nan Gower, followed by a 250m drop and climb to the final Munro of Sgurr na Ruaidhe.
The sun came and went all day, but at least we missed the thunder and lightning to the east. We did have a final shower while we waited for the cars to be collected and our lift back to the hostel at Cannich
A great weekends hillwalking and socialising. It was great to get some views of this ridge, as last time we did it we had virtually no visability at all and navigation was by compass. It poured the whole day and we were soaked to the skin.
Wednesday, June 30, 2004Off hillwalking in Glen Affric this weekend with my walking group, weather looks like it should improve. It has been a very wet June. Started dancing again (I Ceroc - modern jive), so at least doing something to keep fit.
Wednesday, June 23, 2004Hillwalking boots - I have been a fan of Salomon since buying some X-trails a couple of years ago they were great, but came apart at the heel on Goat Fell 8 months ago (I had done over a 100 Munros in them!). Took them back to the retailer who sent them back to Salomon. I was delighted to get a free pair of replacement boots. I had expected a discout maybe but not a free pair.
Unfortunately they rub the front of my ankles at the front, in the case of Glen Sheil, both ankles rubbed raw. Steve who was at Glen Sheil has the same problem. I have a pair of 1 season Salomons bought last year that are coming apart on the uppers at a seam.
My boot strategy has to be re-thought!
My winter boots - Manta M4s - they have been great. I have had them over 3 years with no problems. Probably only get one more winter out of them though.
Sunday, June 13, 2004Great hill walking / Munro bagging weekend, although driving up to Glen Shiel in the pouring rain and with every little burn a raging torrent it looked like we might be getting disappointed.
Those that had arrived early, (Tom, Francoise, Tish and me) went to the Glenelg Inn for tea. Excellent food and a wonderful atmosphere. Very popular place. Drove down to the Skye ferry to "have a look" and then back to the Ratagan Youth Hostel were the others had arrived (Caroline, Jock, Steve, Sharon, Maureen and Kathryn).
The weather in Saturday was greatly improved, and I did my big day - the 7 Munros of the North Glen Sheil Ridge. Set off from the Clunie Inn at about 8:45am with some of the group to climb Ciste Dhubh, the first Munro of the day. Quite boggy on the walk up, but lots of orchids, including Marsh Gentian (possibly), Common Spotted Orchid and the insectivorous Common Butterwort amongst others, all were in flower and quite lovely. There was also a herd of red deer on the hill side many with fawns at their side.
After the summit of Ciste Dhubh I left the group to speed ahead for my big day, it was a big drop back down to Bealach a' Choinich and over the "Brothers" as this group of Munros is now known - Aonach Meadhoin, Sgurr a' Bhealaich (great summit cairn perched on rocks a little of the main ridge) and Saileag. Dropping down to another Bealach, Bealach an Lapain and over the "Five Sisters" (three Munros - Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe, Sgurr na Carnach and Sgurr Fhuaran with two tops at the end - Sguarr nan Saighead and Beinne Bhuidhe). The Five Sisters were a bit scrambly and by this time very wet with a fine drizzle settling in.
By the time I descended to Sheil Bridge at 7:30pm the sun was out. About 23km and 2383m or just over 7800 feet in total - I was knackered!
Tom kindly picked me up and we went for a pint in the local hostelry with Jock.
We then returned to Ratagan youth hostel (Marian had arrived from Inverness) were Sharon (and Steve) had cooked delicious lasagne, we drank too much and went to bed!
We had planned to do some more hillwalking on Sunday but the weather had turned again, with a heavy drizzle and we all set off home.
I have now done 207 of the 284 Munros.
Saturday, June 05, 2004Last time I was at Rattagan (Glen Sheil) we did the South Glen Sheil ridge incliding the Sgurr na Skine and Saddle add on - a very big day.
Planning to do the "North Glen Sheil ridge" this time - from the Clunie Inn clinmbing Ciste Dhubh first then the "brothers and sisters", slightly less height and about 2 km shorter than the South ridge.
Wednesday, June 02, 2004Edinburgh Festival will be with us soon - always a great time of year - as I live in the city centre. The atmosphere is brilliant. Here are some Edinburgh Festival pictures from 2003. I have had to wait in today for some deliveries which is a pain as it has been a nice day, some cloud though.
Tuesday, June 01, 2004Malcolm's site has some good photos of some of the "groups" walks - mountain walking pictures.(see the blog from Monday 24th May).Another bad weather week ahead it would seem. Possible decent days on Wednesday and Friday. Determined to get out this week regardless - have I said that before! Nice weather over the weekend, took a lot of photos of Edinburgh, including some of the Scott Monument which I went up for the first time recently. Off to Ratagan (Glen Sheil) on the 11th of this month for the "groups" monthly walking weekend.
Saturday, May 29, 2004Forgot to say that CMD was my 200th Munro.
Thursday, May 27, 2004Great days walking yesterday (Wednesday). We (me and a mate - Ralph) were in the Nevis range and did four Munros.
We started the day by going up the Aonoch Mor Gondola (a bit of a cheat, but a big day ahead of us). Over Aonach Mor to Aonoch Beag and back to the bealoch, dropping to a second bealoch between the Aonachs and Carn Mor Dearg (CMD). Up a brilliant rigde to the CMD summit, finishing with the CMD arete and Ben Nevis.
Back down the "tourist path" to the halfway mark, into Coire Leis and the march back to car at the Nevis range car park. 20km, 4 650 feet of ascent, 9 hours. Some cloud at the start of the day with blue skies at the end, little if no wind. Lots of snow still on the summit of Ben Nevis.
Monday, May 24, 2004Great weekend with good friends. Did a lovely walk on Saturday with Marian and Caroline up the Fiacaill a Choire Chais ridge of Cairngorm and down into Coire Raibert to Loch Avon. From here we went around the East end of the loch and up to Loch Etchahan turning west to the summit of Beinn Mheadhoin. There are huge granite tors that form the summits. We dropped down to the west end of Loch Avon, forded the river (Marian fell in) and back over Cairngorm (without doing the summit).
The rest of the group split up into several parties some doing Loch Lagan Munros and other some Glen Feshie hills.Went down to Cove bay in Berwickshire to take some photos on Sunday with Sandra after dropping Fliss off at the school for the school trip to Belgium. Very sunny and lots of good pictures. Amazing natural arch in the bay, caves and a little harbour.
Friday, May 21, 2004Ok so I did not go walking Wednesday. Where is my motivation, in the mud I think. As mentioned previously I am off today on a walking weekend in Glen Feshie with some friends. Unfortunately I need to come home early as my daughter (I am a single parent) goes on a school trip to Belgium and Franve leaving Sunday.
Monday, May 17, 2004Went up Arthur's Seat yesterday, local hill in the middle Edinburgh. Beautiful day, got a touch sunburnt. It is a Marilyn apparently (over 500 feet). Yes - you do get Marilyn Munros, but not all Munros are Marilyns! (A Marilyn has to have a drop of 500 feet on all sides, some Munros do not). Walking Wednesday regardless of weather - although it is supposed to be the best day this week.
Friday, May 14, 2004Spent a couple of hours walking in the Pentlands (local hills near Edinburgh) today with a friend - Ralph. Cloudy day with strong winds. We set off from Swanston village, heading up Caerketton, over Allermuir, to Castlelaw, cutting across to Capelaw Hill. Back up Allermuir, returning to Swanston village. Good bit of exercise. We have done this route before when the weather doesn't look promising further north (Munros).
Heated discussion about politics most of the way. We disagree in a number of areas!
Wednesday, May 12, 2004I have weekender planned with friends late May in Glen Feshie, Cairngorms. Need to get out before then though.
Tuesday, May 04, 2004What a terrible week it looks for weather, rain, wind and rain. Last year was such a good year for weather I got spoiled. Need to get used to getting soaked again, never used to bother me. I do live in Scotland after all!
Monday, May 03, 2004Holiday Cottages in Berwickshire Scotland. - Cove Barn self catering cottages open in August, are at the end of the Southern Upland Way.NTS basecamps are wonderful inexpensive self catering bunkhouse accomodation. High spec, good kitchens lounge areas etc. See the link on the left.The last walking was on Arran with a bunch of friends, it rained, the wind blew and it even snowed, both days, was this really April. The plan was to do some of the Chir Mhor ridge, in the event we went up Glen Sannox over the saddle and down Glen Rosa and got very very wet in the process. Climbed Goat Fell on the Sunday and it snowed again.