A café with a view

The Aroma Cafe - Aultbea in the Scottish Highlands

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A very boggy ascent – [# 273]

Am Faochagach (954m)

  • Pronunciation:             Am Fookagach
  • Translation:                  The Heathery Place
  • Total distance:             14.6km
  • Total time:                    4hrs 34mins
  • Total ascent:                 803m
  • Weather:                       Very dull with intermittent showers driven through on a strong wind
  • Start / end location:    Parking just off the A835 at the west end of Loch Glascarnoch. [OS Map Sheet 20 – Grid Ref: NH 277 743]
  • Map:                                A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window.

Loch a' Gharbhrain with Beinn Dearg (L) and Cona Mheall (R) in the background

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Another mammoth trip in Fisherfield – [# 271 & 272]

A’ Mhaighdean (967m) & Ruadh Stac Mor (918m)

  • Pronunciation:             Uh Vaygian, Rooa Stac More
  • Translation:                  The Maiden, Big Red Hill;
  • Total distance:              51.2km
  • Total time:                     11hrs 35mins
  • Total ascent:                  1905m
  • Weather:                        Mixed – generally overcast, but with one or two sunny intervals. Appeared sunnier out to the west beyond the coast of Poolewe and Aultbea.
  • Start / end location:     Camping & Caravan Club site at Poolewe [OS Map Sheet 19 – Grid Ref: NG 862 811]
  • Map:                                 A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window.

Looking SE towards the northern escarpment of Meall Mheinnidh and a darkening sky

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A perfect day for an epic adventure – [# 267 – 270]

Beinn a’ Chlaidheimh (916m); Sgurr Ban (989m);
Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair (1019m) & Beinn Tarsuinn (937m)

  • Pronunciation:            Bine uh Chly-ev; Skoor Ban; Mooluch Korrer Veek Errorcur; Bine Tarshin
  • Translation:                 Mountain of the Sword White Hill; Hill of the Corrie of Farquhar’s Son; Transverse Mountain;
  • Total distance:             41.1km
  • Total time:                    13hrs 14mins
  • Total ascent:                 1988m
  • Weather:                       Glorious. A little high cloud to start, then blue sky all day. Very light breezes.
  • Start / end location:    Road side lay-by on A832 about 4.5km west of Braemore Junction. [OS Map Sheets 19 & 20 – Grid Ref: NH 163 761 (Sheet 20)]
  • Map:                                A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window.

North passed Loch an Nid towards An Teallach

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A bleak and stormy An Teallach – [# 265 – 266]

Bidein a’ Ghlas Thuill (1062m) and Sgurr Fiona (1060m)

  • Pronunciation:             Beedyan uh Glaz Hail; Skoor Fiona
  • Translation:                  Peak of the Grey-green Hollow; Mountain of Wine (or White Mountain)
  • Total distance:              14.3km
  • Total time:                     5hrs 46mins
  • Total ascent:                  1388m
  • Weather:                        Dull, wet and misty with gale force winds and some hail on the summits.
  • Start / end location:     Parking on the A832 just east of Dundonnell Hotel at the head of Little Loch Broom. [OS Map Sheet 19 – Grid Ref: NH 093 880]
  • Map:                                 A map of route can be found here– it may take a few moments to load into a separate window. The map displays on most browsers, but not unfortunately Internet Explorer.

An Teallach from the summit of Eididh nan Clach Geala

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The eastern Fannaich range – [# 261 – 264]

Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich (954m); Sgurr Mor (1110m);
Meall Gorm (949m) & An Coileachan (923m)

  • Pronunciation:             Bine Leea Voar Fannich; Skoor More; Miaowl Gorm; Un Colocan
  • Translation:                  Big Grey Hill of the Gentle Slope; Big Mountain; Blue-green Hill; the Little Cock
  • Total distance:              25.2km
  • Total time:                     8hrs 5mins
  • Total ascent:                  1441m
  • Weather:                        Mixed. Started off quite bright and warm. Clouds gathered throughout the day covering some of the tops and giving a few light showers on the last two summits.
  • Start / end location:    Parking just off the A835 at the west end of Loch Glascarnoch. [OS Map Sheet 20 – Grid Ref: NH 277 743]
  • Map:                                A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window. The map displays on most browsers, but not unfortunately Internet Explorer.

A series of small cascades on the Abhainn a' Ghiuthais river

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Sunset from Ullapool

Sunset at the end of Loch Broom from the Ullapool campsite

This evening we sat having dinner in the ‘van at the Ullapool campsite and watched as the vibrancy of the sunset grew ever more intense – it surely doesn’t get better than this.

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The intrepid ladies – [# 257 – 260]

Eididh nan Clach Geala (928m);
Meall nan Ceapraichean (977m);
Cona’ Mheall (980m) & Beinn Dearg (1084m) 

  • Pronunciation:             Eye-tee nern Klach Geeyaller; Miaowl nern Kee-aprikan; Kon-eye-val; Bine Jerrack
  • Translation:                  Nest of the White Stones; Hill of the Lumpy Hillocks; Joined Hill; Red Mountain
  • Total distance:              27km
  • Total time:                     8hrs 38mins
  • Total ascent:                  1715m
  • Weather:                        Beautiful sunny and warm day. A few clouds brewed up in the afternoon, but didn’t really amount to much.
  • Start / end location:     Walkers’ car park by Inverlael at the head of Loch Broom on the A835 south of Ullapool. [OS Map Sheet 20 – Grid Ref: NH 183 853]
  • Map:                                A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window. The map displays on most browsers, but not unfortunately Internet Explorer.

Dawn from our campsite in Ullapool - looking west out to sea

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A beautiful day above Inchnadamph – [# 255 – 256]

Conival (987m) & Ben More Assynt (998m) 

  • Pronunciation:             Kon-eye-val; Ben More Assynt
  • Translation:                  Shoulder of the Big Hill; Big Hill of Assynt
  • Total distance:             18.8km
  • Total time:                    7hrs 09mins
  • Total ascent:                 1299m
  • Weather:                       Bright to begin with, then turning sunny and warm in the afternoon.
  • Start / end location:    Car park by the Inchnadamph Hotel on the A837. [OS Map Sheet 15 – Grid Ref: NC 252 216]
  • Map:                                A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window. The map displays on most browsers, but not unfortunately Internet Explorer.

Conival in the afternoon sunlight from Gleann Dubh

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Another damp day – [# 254]

Seana Bhraigh (927m)

  • Pronunciation:             Shenner Vrye
  • Translation:                  Old Upland
  • Total distance:             20.5km (approx. 14km was cycled)
  • Total time:                    4hrs 20mins
  • Total ascent:                 780m
  • Weather:                        Dull. Heavy rain shower near the summit. Surrounding summits generally covered in cloud.
  • Start / end location:    A hill-walkers’ car park 500m NE of Corriemulzie Lodge. [OS Map Sheet 20 – Grid Ref: NH 328 953]
  • Map:                               A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window. The map displays on most browsers, but not unfortunately Internet Explorer.

The view from Strath Mulzie to Creag an Duine (L) and the summit of Seana Bhraigh hidden in the clouds (R)

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