Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Beinn Eighe

After a hot day on Beinn Alligin we woke the next morning to discover the forecast was going to be even hotter. The walk started by following the well made path that leads round the back of Sail Mhor to the beautiful Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair whilst walking round Sail Mhor the views out to the remote Sheildaig forest are fantastic, I noticed someone had a great pitch for his wildcamp as a bright yellow tent was easily visible next to Loch nan Cabar. We had a lengthy rest at the Loch cooling our feet before heading up the loose scree slopes to the col, this ascent was not popular with Alison who hates this type of terrain and after plenty of expletives we finally reached the top of the col. The view across the bleak landscape did nothing to brighten Alison's spirits in fact she mentioned it was "soulless and sucked the happiness out of you". After a rest we continued on, the sun now beating down on us and having run out of water near the end of Beinn Alligin the day before I decided to forget about the out and back of Ruadh-stac Mor and preserve our water and energy. We headed round to Spidean Coire nan Clach, on the way round whilst taking pictures and the panorama video I noticed a tame little bird scuttling around close to me and not at all bothered I was there, I took a picture and when I got back to the cottage looked it up, it was a Dotterel.
We eventually reached the trig point and Alison stayed and relaxed whilst I headed up to the Munro high point, we then had to negotiate the steep loose scree downwards, again terrain Alison really does not like. After what seemed ages we finally got down to a decent path and followed this back to the road, which we timed perfectly. As we where walking out of the car park onto the road ready to start the long walk back to the main car park a guy was driving out wound the window down and asked if we would like a lift, "yes please" so we where back at the car in no time and headed straight back to the cottage and then down to the Loch for a refreshing dip to cool off. Now that evening Alison was looking up a review of the walk in a guide book, funny thing is the woman who wrote the review basically described Beinn Eighe as "Depressing, and a place that sucks out our soul" Sounds familiar, we had a good chuckle about this, Obviously not a place to take your wife to!!

Path at start of the walk

Looking towards Beinn Alligin with Beinn Dearg on the right
Note the tiny yellow tent - someone had a great pitch for the night
Looking out towards the Sheildaig Forest
Waterfall coming of Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair with Ruadh-stac Mor as the backdrop
Triple Buttress
Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Face of Sail Mhor
Looking back down the loose scree slopes
Looking back to Ruadh-stac Mor
Spidean Coire nan Clach
Ruadh-stac Beag
A Dotterel
The car seems so far away!!
Looking back to Coinneach Mhor and Ruadh-stac Mor
Spidean Coire nan-Clach trig point view
Posing next the trig point
Posing on the Munro summit
Heading down
View from the road


  1. I personally think that it is a superb mountain!
    I once persuaded my partner to climb schiehallion with me but as soon as the path got rocky she sat down and refused to go any further!

    1. Agreed, I really enjoyed the day. It did make us laugh though when we read that guide book back at the cottage and it virtually stated word for word what Alison said.