Saturday, 9 June 2012

Beinn Damh

This was the last walk of our week up in Torridon. Beinn Damh and its satellite peak of Sgurr na Bana-Mhoraire dominated our view across Loch Torridon from the holiday cottage. We thought it would nice to see what the view was like from that side of the Loch. The Initial walk up through the trees and Rhododendron forest was very enjoyable a good steady path made progress easy and straightforward eventually leading us out of the dense foliage and in sight and sound of a stunning waterfall.

One of the many Rhododendron

Tree lined path
Stunning Waterfall
Last Tree - Out of the forest

Not far after the waterfall the path splits, we needed to take the right fork which again was a good path which gradually snaked its way up towards the col the only real awkward part was the final 50m or so which became steep and eroded. Once on the col we had a choice head up to Beinn Damh first then back to this col and over to Sgurr na Bana-Mhoraire or vice versa we decided to go to the highest point first so after a quick rest we pressed onwards again on another fine path which steadily gained height. As we where on this section we came across a Grouse with about 6 or 7 very young chicks. It was great fun and also heart warming to watch her round them all up as they hurried away from us. 


Heading to the col
On the col, the view down to Loch Damh
Looking back to Meall Gorm and Sgurr na Bana-Mhoraire
Grouse mother with some of her young

The path levelled out for a while before turning into a boulder field it was at this point that Alison said she would wait for me, she doesn’t like this type of terrain and was perfectly happy to sit in the sun and wait whilst I quickly made my way over the boulders and onto Spidean Toll nam Biast from here I could now see the main summit it was an impressive sight from here, sort of reminded me of an angry Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons. I could also see Alison in the distance so shouted back that I would be about 20 mins. I swiftly made my way down to Spidean Coire an Laoigh then up onto the 903m summit of Beinn Damh the views as expected where fantastic all round.


Beinn Damh - An Angry Pen y Fan??
Spidean Coire an Laoigh
Summit Cairn looking at Beinn Alligin and Liathach
View towards Maol Chean-dearg & An Ruadh-stac
View towards Loch Kishorn with the Cuillins & Skye on the the horizon
Looking back to Spidean Toll nam Biast
Loch Damh & Ben Sheildaig

After meeting up again with Alison we headed back down to the col and started our ascent up towards Sgurr na Bana-Mhoraire passing Meall Gorm en-route once on Sgurr na Bana-Mhoraire I took the usual trig point photos before heading to the northern edge where the whole of Loch Torridon was laid out before us and we could make out the area that our cottage was situated. After sitting and admiring the views for a while we set off heading back to the car via the col and the forest.


On Meall Gorm looking at Sgurr na Bana-Mhoraire
Final steps onto Sgurr na Bana-Mhoraire summit plateau
Made it
Usual trig point pic
Our cottage is down there somewhere
Trotternish ridge on Skye
Loch Torridon and beyond
Whole of Loch Torridon
Heading back - Liathach in view
This walk was really enjoyable and gave us some different views of Loch Torridon, Beinn Alligin and Liathach.



Route

14 comments:

  1. You may be back home Phil, but you climbed some great hills and your photographs really are first class.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, much appreciated and yeah they are great hills.

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  2. Crikey, a phenomenal few days in magnificent mountains, with conditions to match. Now that's the kind of week that even we would consider driving so far to experience. It makes me realize how much I miss reaching some new summits. Hmmm... thinking cap on...

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    1. Thanks Geoff, we were so lucky picking that week it couldn't have gone any better. You are right though it was a long drive, especially from Oxfordshire, but well worth it.

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  3. My word, you sure did have some good weather. Photo’s look spectacular with skies like that. Great stuff.

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    1. Thanks Alan. The skies really where blue and the air quality produced some stunning views. Hopefully I've managed to capture it.

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  4. Breathtaking pics & video Phil. The blueness of the lochs and those amazing skies & cloud formations must have made the trip extra special. Very lucky considering the weather either side of that week! What a fantastic reward for all your efforts. Thanks for sharing with us :)

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    1. Thanks Carolyn, both Alison and I had a great week away.

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  5. Phil, some great photos of an excellent area to walk. Just like me you had some superb weather in Scotland.

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    1. Thanks Mark, I have to say the weather made the trip really special. Torridon is as you say an excellant place for walking, so much to do it will require an return visit at some stage.

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  6. Fantastic Phil. Great photo's. Must try and get back to Scotland but it's a long way for a day out :-)

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    1. Cheers Andy, Scotland is also a long way for us. You never know with the weather when you book a week up there, but we certainly hit the jackpot that week. It simply was superb, really has whetted the appetite for future Scotland visits.

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  7. Looks like the new camera is serving you well. Excellent photos of some of the best landscapes in the uk.

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    1. Thanks James. Yeah, very pleased with the results so far. Still playing with the setting though. I want to try and get some night camping shots.

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