Monday 22 October 2012
13.9 km/852 m/06:00 hrs
Munro: Beinn Sgritheall (No. 281)
What I had read and heard about the trade route up Beinn Sgritheall from Arnisdale sounded quite off-putting (my poor knees!) and so I decided to climb the hill via its W ridge. I parked at the side of the Glenelg-Arnisdale road, a bit over a km S of Upper Sandaig.
View to Skye.
Walking along the wide forestry road, I was passed by a forestry worker in a small van who offered me a lift to the gate at the edge of the forest, but I declined as it would have felt like “cheating”.
On the 1:25000 map the track continues as a path, but if it really exists I lost it somewhere around Loch na Lochain and just kept walking towards Bealach Ràrsaidh.
Looking back to the forest and Loch na Lochain.
Near Lochan Bhealach Ràrsaidh I picked up another path that’s not marked on the map, but had been mentioned to me by the forestry worker who had assured me that it would lead all the way to the summit.
Beinn Mhialairigh and the lower part of the W ridge.
The upper part of the W ridge is rocky and steep, but the path makes progress easy.
I reached the summit at 12:00 and couldn’t believe my luck: My second-last Munro in gorgeous weather and stunning views all around – wooohooo!! 😀
View along the W ridge, with Rum and Skye on the horizon.
Looking towards the E top, the standard ascent route lies behind it on the right.
The Five Sisters.
Beinn Alligin and Liathach.
Beinn na Caillich.
Loch Hourn with Barrisdale Bay in the distance.
After a long lunch break I reluctantly made my way down the W ridge again – I found it difficult to leave the summit and the wonderful views behind 🙂
Beinn Sgritheall, seen across Loch na Lochain.
And one last look back…
On the drive back I stopped at the viewpoint for the Five Sisters at the top of Bealach Ràtagain.
Loch Duich and Morvich.
After seeing the good weather forecast the previous evening at the Kintail Lodge Hotel, I had tried to think of somewhere nice to spend the last days of my holiday. In the end I had decided to go to Torridon and climb Beinn Alligin again, one of my favourite hills, and had booked a bed at the YH.
I first made a detour to Kyle of Lochalsh to buy some food at the Coop, and then drove up to Torridon, taking the scenic route via Lochcarron and Shieldaig. I didn’t have a map of Beinn Alligin with me, but I was able to borrow one from the hostel for a small fee (if the forecast was correct, I wouldn’t need a map, but I always carry one anyway).