Kintail and Affric

Ivor, Cameron and I spent the last two days in Kintail and Affric. On Tuesday we started from Glen Croe and after walking up the good stalkers path to Bealach an Sgairne climbed A’Ghlas-bheinn and Beinn Fhada (Ben Attow) before descending it’s long East ridge over Sgurr a’Dubh Coire and then out to the excellent, cosy and remote Glen Affric Youth Hostel at Alltbeithe.

Cameron and me with Bheinn Fhada behind. Photo Credit: Ivor McCourt.

Cameron and me with Bheinn Fhada behind. Photo Credit: Ivor McCourt.

After spending the night at the Hostel we headed north and up to An Socach. We returned along the ridge over Stob Coire nan Dearcag and then dropped steeply north to traverse the coire and gain the ridge out to Mullach na Dheiragain. The ridge to this very remote Munro gave excellent walking both out and back before a stiff climb up to Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan and an airy section out to it’s West top. From there we dropped down to gain the path back over Bealach an Sgairne to return to our starting point of the previous day.

Cameron and Ivor in less pleasant conditions on Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan.

Cameron and Ivor in less pleasant conditions on Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan.

The reclusive hills in this area are steep sided with long ridges and give superb walking and views. On Tuesday we had clear weather for much of the day and the Skye Cuillin and Torridon hills were prominent in the distance. Wednesday it rained for most of the morning and we were in cloud for large parts of the day, however the ground was still relatively dry underfoot for walking.