Ben Wyvis + Tops

Sunday 08 June 2014

24 km/1483 m/7:15 hrs

Munro (2nd round): Ben Wyvis/Glas Leathad Mòr (No. 43)

Munro Tops: An Cabar, Glas Leathad Beag + Tom a’ Chòinnich (Nos. 55 – 57)

As I was still struggling a bit with the cold I had caught on the last day of my White Mounth trip, I only did another day walk this week, rather than a backpacking trip. Ben Wyvis is my “local” Munro (I can see it from my kitchen window) and I have climbed it quite a few times because it’s very handy when I feel like some exercise with only a short drive to the hill.

Most times I used the standard route via An Cabar to the summit and returned the same way, apart from one occasion when I continued to Tom a’ Chòinnich and descended to the forestry road above Garbat from there, fighting my way through a jungle of six-foot bracken on the last section – a route I would not recommend!

From the large car park on the A835 a well maintained path leads up along the Allt a’ Bhealaich Mhòir. When the path emerges from the forest, the first Top An Cabar dominates the view.

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The good path continues up the hillside and soon the views to the NW open up – across the Fannichs, Loch Glascarnoch with An Teallach in the distance and the Beinn Dearg group to the right.

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An Teallach (zoomed).

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Unfortunately, the Lochluichart wind farm comes into view as well.

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About halfway up the way to An Cabar, this prominent boulder is a popular stop for a short break.

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Little Wyvis.

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Looking along Ben Wyvis’ long grassy ridge, with Tom a’ Chòinnich in the distance on the left.

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Today’s first Munro Top An Cabar.

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The eroded path along the ridge.

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There were several walkers around the summit area so I decided to bypass it and visit the summit on my way back when it was likely to be less busy.

I descended on the path towards Tom a’ Chòinnich but contoured around it on its E side.

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The terrain en route to Glas Leathad Beag reminded me of Creag Meagaidh two days ago, with very pleasant walking on short dry grass and looking like a perfect camp site!

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Wyvis Lodge at the W end of Loch Glass.

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Coire Lochain.

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Summit cairn on Glas Leathad Beag.

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The much more interesting E side of Ben Wyvis with the crags above Coire Mòr.

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And another wind farm, this time “Novar” N of Loch Glass…

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On my way back from Glas Leathad Beag I got an even better view of the E flank of Ben Wyvis.

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The Corbett Carn Chuinneag (zoomed).

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Loch nan Druidean.

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The summit of Tom a’ Chòinnich, the third Munro Top.

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Bealach Tom a’ Chòinnich.

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On my way back I passed the summit a second time, but I didn’t hang around because it had become quite windy and cold by now.

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Dark clouds had accumulated and it looked as if it was going to rain any minute.

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Coire na Feòla.

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Instead of walking over An Cabar again I used the bypass path on the W flank of the ridge.

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In spite of the threatening clouds it stayed dry for the rest of the day, and later even the sun made an appearance.

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Including the Tops certainly made this familiar walk a lot more enjoyable. Besides, it looks as if an approach from the Loch Glass side could be interesting, I might try that the next time.

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One thought on “Ben Wyvis + Tops

  1. I have a Ben Wyvis in draft which is pretty much the same route (it’s been in draft for ages in case I run out of current walks – probably soon!). You did right to go back along the summit ridge – I tried descending from Tom a’ Choinnich and walking back to the outward route and it was ‘orrid! I liked the tops out the back though lovely wild feel to them 🙂
    Carol.

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