Saturday, 18 August 2012
14 km/943 m/06:00 hrs
Munro: Ben Klibreck (No. 275)
I parked in the small parking area S of Vagastie Bridge and walked along the track that starts on the other side of the road. It was a windy but sunny day, and I was optimistic that the summit of Ben Klibreck would soon be clear of clouds.
When the terrain steepens, the track becomes a path, and on my way up I almost stepped on this little guy hiding in the grass.
View from the large cairn on Cnoc Sgriodain.
View to the N again, with Ben Hope and Ben Loyal in the distance.
The summit was now clear and I was looking forward to the views from the top.
I followed the path that runs along the W flank of the ridge, bypassing Creag an Lochain.
Flock of Ptarmigan beside the path.
Ben Hope and Meallan Liath.
The last section before the summit – the terrain steepens and becomes stony, but a path leads all the way to the top.
By the time I reached the trig point, dark clouds had accumulated, but thankfully they were above summit level.
View SW, Loch Shin on the left.
Ben Hope in the distance, Altnaharra and Loch Naver in the foreground on the right.
Loch an Fhuarain below Creag an Lochain.
During the descent, the weather improved significantly.
Looking back to Ben Klibreck.
On my way home, I stopped at the Crask Inn for a cider. I had heard many stories about the special hospitality of this place and had been wanting to visit it for a long time.
It really feels a bit like being in someone’s living room.
The only other guests were a couple who were staying at the campsite in Lairg and who visit the area regularly, mainly for fly fishing. The landlord and -lady were around as well and it was interesting to talk to them all, but after a while I had to leave because I was beginning to get covered in midge bites!
There were lots of them inside because the door was wide open, outside they had not bothered me as it had been breezy all day.