“Done those Munros”

A poem by Richard Allsopp

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Braeriach – our 283rd and final Munro – “bagged” [# 283]

Braeriach (1296m)

  • Pronunciation:             Bray-ree-erch
  • Translation:                  Dappled Neck
  • Total distance:             22.2km
  • Total time:                    7hrs 16mins
  • Total ascent:                 1337m
  • Weather:                       Dull, damp with low cloud. Increasing wet as the day progressed.
  • Start / end location:   Aviemore Ski Centre access road. Car park on the left hand side of the road 2km further up the glen from the Reindeer Centre – see map link below. [OS Map Sheet 36  – Grid Ref: NH 986 074]
  • Map:                              A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window.

Success at last - Elaine and Cameron on the summit of Braeriach - their 283rd and final Munro

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Final Munro in aid of Cancer Research UK

Please sponsor us at www.justgiving.com/Elaine-Speirs

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A truly alpine profile – [# 282]

Sgurr nan Gillean (964m)

  • Pronunciation:             Skoor nern Gillian
  • Translation:                  (probably) Peak of the Gullies, but usually taken to mean Peak of the Young Men
  • Total distance:              11.0km
  • Total time:                     4hrs 50mins
  • Total ascent:                  980m
  • Weather:                        Dull and overcast with blustery showers and low cloud cover.
  • Start / end location:     Roadside parking beside the Sligachan Hotel (A863 / A860 junction). [OS Map Sheet 32 – Grid Ref: NG 486 298]
  • Map:                                 A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window.

A rare break in the clouds reveals Sgurr nan Gillean, with Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe still slightly hidden

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The ‘In Pin’ – [# 279 – 281]

Sgurr Alasdair (992m); Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (948m)
and the Inaccessible Pinnacle (Sgurr Dearg) (986m)

  • Pronunciation:             Skoor Alasdair; Skoor Vee Chonneech; Skoor Jerrack
  • Translation:                  Alexander’s Peak (named after the first recorded ascender: Alexander Nicholson); MacKenzie’s Peak (named after John MacKenzie, an early Cuillin guide and one of the first ascenders); Red Peak
  • Total distance:              14.5km
  • Total time:                     8hrs 0mins
  • Total ascent:                  1300m
  • Weather:                        Bright, but still quite windy.
  • Start / end location:     Parking on the Glen Brittle road opposite the Glen Brittle (climbing) Hut. [OS Map Sheet 32 – Grid Ref: NG 412 215]
  • Map:                                 A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window.

Looking from Glen Brittle campsite towards Coire Lagan - Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, Thearlaich and Alasdair can be seen in shadow (L-R)

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High tide proves to be the final obstacle – [# 278]

Ladhar Bheinn (1020m)

  • Pronunciation:             Larrer Vane (usually referred to as Larven)
  • Translation:                  Hoof Mountain
  • Total distance:             25.5km
  • Total time:                    9hrs 14mins
  • Total ascent:                 1969m
  • Weather:                        A beautiful day – sunny, but with gale force winds – especially on the ridges near the summit.
  • Start location:               The bothy by Barrisdale Bay on the shores of Loch Hourn – Knoydart. [OS Map Sheet 33 – Grid Ref: NG 872 042]
  • End location:                 Car park at Kinlochhourn. [OS Map Sheet 33 – Grid Ref: NG 950 066]
  • Map:                                A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window.

Beinn Sgritheall from across Loch Hourn

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Only the mad venture out! – [# 276 – 277]

Luinne Bheinn (939m) and Meall Buidhe (946m)

  • Pronunciation:            Loonya Vane; Miaowl Vooyuh
  • Translation:                 The Sea-swelling Mountain; Yellow Mountain
  • Total distance:             20.8km
  • Total time:                    7hrs 34mins
  • Total ascent:                 1832m
  • Weather:                       Absolutely appalling – heavy rain all day with gale force winds. The only consolation was that the wind was noticeably warm.
  • Start / end location:   The bothy by Barrisdale Bay on the shores of Loch Hourn – Knoydart. [OS Map Sheet 33 – Grid Ref: NG 872 042]
  • Map:                               A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window.

Elaine approaching the summit cairn on Luinne Bheinn in very wet and windy conditions

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Backpacking trip to Knoydart

Kinlochhourn to Barrisdale Bay

  • Total distance:             11km
  • Total time:                    2hrs 45mins
  • Total ascent:                 415m
  • Weather:                       Bright, clear and warm.
  • Start / end location:    Car park at Kinlochhourn. Kinlochhourn lies 22 miles along a single-track road that starts near Invergarry. The road becomes especially narrow, twisty and steep over the last mile of so. There is a £2 charge for parking overnight! [OS Map Sheet 33 – Grid Ref: NG 950 066]
  • Map:                                A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window.

A few kilometres west of Kinlochhourn as we make our way towards Barrisdale Bay

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Not as boggy as we thought – [# 275]

Maoile Lunndaidh (1007m)

  • Pronunciation:            Merle Lon-dye
  • Translation:                 Bald Hill of the Wet Place
  • Total distance:             28.8km (18km of which were cycled)
  • Total time:                   5hrs 47mins
  • Total ascent:                1241m
  • Weather:                       Mixed. Dull and showery with a few brighter interludes. Very strong gale-force wind on the summit plateau.
  • Start / end location:    Forest Enterprise car park 4.5km east of Achnashellach on the A890 road.  [OS Map Sheet 25 – Grid Ref: NH 047 495]
  • Map:                               A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window.

On the track approaching Glenuaig Lodge with Creag Dhubh Mhor on the right - Maoile Lunndaidh is located further to the right and out of frame

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Slioch would have shone in better weather – [# 274]

Slioch (981m)

  • Pronunciation:             Shlierch
  • Translation:                  (possibly) The Spear
  • Total distance:              19.4km
  • Total time:                     6hrs 14mins
  • Total ascent:                  1245m
  • Weather:                        Blustery and wet. Gale force winds and severe wind-chill at the summit
  • Start / end location:     Parking at Incheril just off the A832 by Kinlochewe. [OS Map Sheet 19 – Grid Ref: NH 037 624]
  • Map:                                A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window.

A spectacular rainbow forms in front of a stormy Slioch - Munro in the background

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