Quinag and Beinn Eighe
Sat 4 June -Sun 5 June 2016
In the first week-end in June I set off to the NW Highlands to take some panoramics on Quinag and Beinn Eighe. I travelled over from Aberdeen on the Friday and went up to Kylescu to confirm my route off Quinag the next day.
On Saturday morning I left Ullapool after breakfast and was soon climbing Spidean Coinich (764m) the stony first summit on Quinag , with stunning views across Inverpolly Nature Reserve and Loch Assynt to Canisp and Suilven. Two exposed ridge descents followed before reaching the Bealach a Chornaidh one of the photographic planned opportunities .
The return journey passed Lochan Bealach Cornaidh before reaching the main road car park completing a 5 mile trip with 2100 ft ascent .
My next base was the Tigh an Eilean Hotel in Shieldaig which presented me with a stunning sunset after a magnificent seafood stew featuring mussels , salmon . and squid topped off with two langoustines. Next morning I was off to Torridon to walk in past Liathach's pinnacled ridges to Coire Mhic Fhearcair , with it's secretive lochan and Triple Buttress of Coinnich Mhor . The traverse over the stony surface to the precipitous dangerous scree ridden coire up to the bealach of Ruadh Stac Mor (868 m) took longer than expected . I still had to climb up to Spidean Coire nan Clach (972m) to get the famous end view of Liathach's Stuic a Choire Duibh Bhig . The treacherous 870 metre vertical descent involving crossing the stream that eventually feeds Lochan an Lasgair next the Ling Hut took all the energy and concentration I had left after 13 1/4 miles and 5000ft of ascent over two days.
As I had no accommodation for that night , I decided to drive the 4 hours back to Aberdeen and arrived at 9.15 pm ready for a meal and a few "Scottish " beverages.!