Ben Klibreck – [# 253]

Meall nan Con (961m) 

  • Pronunciation:             Ben Klee-breck
  • Translation:                  Hill of the Cliff Slope
  • Total distance:             14.9km
  • Total time:                    4hrs 28mins
  • Total ascent:                 1016m
  • Weather:                        Morning began miserable with heavy showers. Delayed starting until it stopped raining at around 10.00am. Weather improved throughout the walk with the day ending bright and sunny. Bitterly cold wind on the summit.
  • Start / end location:     By Vagastie Bridge on A836 running through Strath Vagastie. [OS Map Sheet 16 – Grid Ref: NC 533 272]
  • 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.

Ben Klibreck from the roadside by Vagastie Bridge on the A836

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The most northern Munro – [# 252]

Ben Hope (927m)

  • Pronunciation:             Ben Hope
  • Translation:                  Hill of the Bay (Norse origin)
  • Total distance:              7.7km
  • Total time:                     3hrs 3mins
  • Total ascent:                  919m
  • Weather:                        Very overcast with many summits covered in hill fog. Very windy with associated wind-chill. Stayed dry throughout.
  • Start / end location:    Off road parking on the unclassified road north of Altnaharra about 3km south of Loch Hope.  [OS Map Sheet 9 – Grid Ref: NC 463 477]
  • 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.

Looking north along Strath More from Dun Dornaigil broch with Ben Hope to the right

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Another day above Glen Strathfarrar – [# 248 – 251]

Sgurr na Ruaidhe (993m); Carn nan Gobhar (992m);
Sgurr a’ Choire Ghlais (1083m) & Sgurr Fhuar-thuill (1049m)

  • Pronunciation:             Skoor na Roy-yer; Karn nern Go-er; Skoor uh Hother Glash; Skoor Ooer Hillyer
  • Translation:                  Red Peak; Hill of Goats; Peak of the Grey-green Corrie; Peak of the Cold Hollow
  • Total distance:              25.8km
  • Total time:                     6hrs 42mins
  • Total ascent:                  1616m
  • Weather:                        Brilliant to start with, but showers soon brewing all around. Caught in a couple of heavy showers on descent from last (4th) Munro.
  • Start / end location:    Along Glen Strathfarrar, 1.5km west of Braulen Lodge. [OS Map Sheet 25 – Grid Ref: NH 22439]
  • 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.

Looking west along the single-track road through Glen Strathfarrar

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A perfect day above Glen Strathfarrar – [# 245 – 247]

An Riabhachan (1129m); Sgurr na Lapaich (1150m)
and Carn nan Gobhar (992m)

  • Pronunciation:             Un Reeavochan; Skoor na Lapeech; Karn nern Go-er
  • Translation:                  the Grey (or Speckled) One; Peak of the Bog; Hill of Goats
  • Total distance:             18.9km
  • Total time:                    6hrs 41mins
  • Total ascent:                 1569m
  • Weather:                       Beautiful – sunny and warm with high cloud.
  • Start / end location:    By the power station at the end of the public road along Glen Strathfarrar. [OS Map Sheet 25 – Grid Ref: NH 183 381]
  • 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.

Monar Dam holding back Loch Monar - at the west end of Glen Strathfarrar

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Another long day in Glen Affric – [# 242 – 244]

Mullach na Dheiragain (982m);  Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan (1151m) &
An Socach (921m) 

  • Pronunciation:            Mooluch nuh Yerrigan; Skoor nern Kerravnun; Un Sorcoch
  • Translation:                 Summit of the Kestrel; Peak of the Quarters (land shares); The Snout
  • Total distance:             47.5km
  • Total time:                    10hrs 47mins
  • Total ascent:                 2079m
  • Weather:                       Overcast and very dull – like twilight all day. Cloud level mostly above the highest tops – dulling down with some distant hill fog in the afternoon. Cold in a strong breeze on the summits.
  • Start / end location:    Car park at the (west) end of the unclassified public road in Glen Affric. [OS Map Sheet 25 – Grid Ref: NH 200 234]
  • 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.

Sgurr na Lapaich (R) and An Tudair (L) poking through the mist from the south side of Loch Affric

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The Glen Affric giants – [# 239 – 241]

Mam Sodhail (1181m); Beinn Fhionnlaidh (1005m) & Carn Eige (1183m)

  • Pronunciation:             Mam Sowell; Bine Ee-yoonly; Karn Ayr
  • Translation:                  Breast-shaped Hill of the Barn; Finlay’s Mountain; File Cairn
  • Total distance:             29.6km
  • Total time:                    9hrs 39mins
  • Total ascent:                 2004m
  • Weather:                       Overcast with a mixture of bright spells and the occasional drizzly shower. Hill fog sporadically covered the peaks.
  • Start / end location:    Car park at the (west) end of the unclassified public road in Glen Affric. [OS Map Sheet 25 – Grid Ref: NH 200 234]
  • 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 Glen Affric estate-keeper's cottage

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Glen Affric’s eastern Munros – [# 237 & 238]

Tom a’ Choinich (1112m) & Toll Creagach (1053m)

  • Pronunciation:             Tom uh Hornich; Toll Kirrikuch
  • Translation:                  Hill of the Moss; Rocky Hollow
  • Total distance:             17.2km
  • Total time:                    5hrs 11mins
  • Total ascent:                 1128m
  • Weather:                       Bright but overcast. Very lucky to miss some showers in the glens on either side of our summits.
  • Start / end location:    Just east of the bridge On the unclassified road running along Glen Affric [OS Map Sheet 25 – Grid Ref: NH 216 242]
  • 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.

Looking west along Gleann nam Fiadh with Tom a' Choinich on the right

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On the Isle of Mull – [# 236]

Ben More (966m)

  • Pronunciation:             Ben More
  • Translation:                  Big Mountain
  • Total distance:              13.4km
  • Total time:                     4hrs 44mins
  • Total ascent:                  1133m
  • Weather:                        Bright, but with hill fog covering the summits.
  • Start / end location:     Grassy expanse on the roadside by the small bridge over the Abhainn na h-Uamha river (on the south side of Loch na Keal). [OS Map Sheet 48 – Grid Ref: NM 508 368]
  • 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.

View west from Gleann na Beinne Fada on Ben More to Dunan nan Naighean at the mouth of Loch na Keal

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Visit to Edinburgh

Last week we took the ‘van to get its annual service but we had to visit Inverness for the engine service and then Perth the next day for the habitation service. A bit of a trek but at least it’s now done. 

The pipes, drums and brass bands from many military regiments at the Edinburgh Tattoo

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Ben Wyvis – [# 235]

Glas Leathad Mor (1046m)

  • Pronunciation:             Glaz Leeyad Voar
  • Translation:                  Big Grey-green Hill
  • Total distance:             14.7km
  • Total time:                    3hrs 40mins
  • Total ascent:                 959m
  • Weather:                       Overcast and misty. Biting cold gale-force wind on the summit ridge.
  • Start / end location:    Dedicated parking area at the foot of Ben Wyvis on southbound A835 800m south of Garbat. [OS Map Sheet 20 – Grid Ref: NH 411 672]
  • 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.

Looking towards An Cabar at the southern end of Ben Wyvis

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