Sunday, September 04, 2011

129-130. Ben Eighe (Ruadh-stac Mor (120), Spidean Coire nan Clach (150)). 27/08/2011

After taking the sleeper first class (by some administrative oversight) to Inverness and hiring a Qashqai to guide us to Torridon (the Nissan variety - we weren't hiking in the Elburz), we aimed for the Ben Eighe National Nature Reserve and plumped for climbing its namesake.

As you drive through Torridon, the hills tower above you and actually getting onto the ridges can often take quite an effort. For Ben Eighe, it required us to walk all the way round the back of the hill and even this angle meant some fairly steep bits. It did take us through a great corrie though, called Coire Mhic Fhearchair - which we agreed had deserved its reputation of being one of the most beautiful corries in Scotland.

After a steep scree-amble out of the corrie, we were presented with the full extent of the ridge, which stretches well beyond the main tops. It was a short stroll to the left for the first top and then a scrambly ridge walk to the right for the second which afforded great views of the impressive Liathach.

This was followed by a slightly bone-jarring descent straight down the side and then a mile along the road to the car, which had fortunately now been abandoned by the early morning midge.

Looking back along the ridge to the mighty Liathach

Looking forward to the second munro.

The outlying first munro.

Picturesque Coire Mhic Fhearchair.

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