A very quick ascent – [# 211]

Moruisg (928m)

  • Pronunciation:             Moorisk
  • Translation:                  Big Water
  • Total distance:             7.5km
  • Total time:                    2hrs 37mins
  • Total ascent:                 798m
  • Weather:                       High cloud above the summits – looked thundery. Warm, but with gale force winds on the summit.
  • Start / end location:   A lay by on the A890 just west of Loch Sgamhain in Glen Carron. [OS Map Sheet 25 – Grid Ref: NH 082 521]
  • 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.

NNE to Sgurr nan Ceannaichean (L), Moruisg (C) & Carn Gorm (R) from the summit of Sgurr Choinnich

After three consecutive days on the hills bagging the previous six Munros we decided that today we’d do a much shorter outing and collect the single summit of Moruisg, which is located just a few kilometres further east along Glen Carron from the two we climbed yesterday.

The north-eastern top on Moruisg

We parked up at a lay-by a little west of Loch Sgamhain where a path took us south to a footbridge across the River Carron and then shortly after through a makeshift tunnel for livestock that enabled us to pass beneath the Kyle to Inverness railway line. Once we were on the south side of the railway line we simply followed a course SE in a straight-line direction towards the summit of Moruisg. The terrain was undulating and grassy to begin with, but the angle steepened quite considerably towards the middle third of the ascent. We were able to follow a faint path through the grass, which zigzagged a little up the steepest section and made the ascent much easier.

Elaine at the summit cairn on Moruisg

As we ascended the wind began to blow quite strongly, coming over the mountain from the south and hitting us face-on. At one point there was a small spit of rain in the air, but thankfully it never came to anything. We reached the summit ridge of Moruisg by its NE end where we were greeted by a large rocky cairn. This, however, wasn’t quite the true summit, which lay about 200m away to the SW. The wind on the broad, plateau-like ridge was blowing at gale-force and we really had to angle our bodies into the wind in order to stumble our way across the summit plateau to the SW cairn at 928m or 3,045ft. We sheltered, as best we could, in the lee of the cairn and wolfed down a quick snack before, once again, angling our bodies into the wind and battling our way back to the first cairn. Once back at the cairn we turned NW and rapidly descended back down our route of ascent. The ferocity of the wind soon abated as we descended lower.

It was a very quick descent and we were soon passing beneath the railway en route back to the car. It had in fact been a very short route that contrasted ideally with the three previous days’ much longer outings.

About Cameron Speirs

Born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, Cameron, has been interested in outdoor pursuits since he was a wee lad. Over the last few decades he has climbed extensively in the Italian Dolomites as well as summiting the Matterhorn and several other 4000m alpine peaks. Closer to home he has spent many wonderful weekends mountaineering and biking in Snowdonia, Cairngorms, Glen Coe, Skye and Lochaber.
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