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.
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.
An Teallach (zoomed).
Unfortunately, the Lochluichart wind farm comes into view as well.
About halfway up the way to An Cabar, this prominent boulder is a popular stop for a short break.
Looking along Ben Wyvis’ long grassy ridge, with Tom a’ Chòinnich in the distance on the left.
Today’s first Munro Top An Cabar.
The eroded path along the ridge.
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.
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!
Wyvis Lodge at the W end of Loch Glass.
Summit cairn on Glas Leathad Beag.
The much more interesting E side of Ben Wyvis with the crags above Coire Mòr.
And another wind farm, this time “Novar” N of Loch Glass…
On my way back from Glas Leathad Beag I got an even better view of the E flank of Ben Wyvis.
The Corbett Carn Chuinneag (zoomed).
Loch nan Druidean.
The summit of Tom a’ Chòinnich, the third Munro Top.
Bealach Tom a’ Chòinnich.
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.
Dark clouds had accumulated and it looked as if it was going to rain any minute.
Coire na Feòla.
Instead of walking over An Cabar again I used the bypass path on the W flank of the ridge.
In spite of the threatening clouds it stayed dry for the rest of the day, and later even the sun made an appearance.
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.