The Journey to Sheneval

The Great Corries of An Teallach

The Great Corries of An Teallach


The journey to Sheneval

Cars fly by as you cross the road, to another world,

then silence, the traitor’s gate.

The track wynds through the trees, the river breaks the silence,


The glaciated slabs hide the cliffs, then:

Views of An Teallach open at every turn.

Views opening

Views opening

Midges and clegs abound here but not today, too cold, its winter.

Cross the river, is that bridge in the wrong place? Muddy and wet, back on track,

Steep hill, upwards towards the top, the wee cairn, stop, no rush, drink it all in.

The Cairn

The Cairn

An Teallach. Snow plastered, familiar, foreboding.

Open moor, contour round and round, special views,

Every corrie on that great hill has a particular thought. Memories



Fisherfield, these great hills, the light changing, to the West

Youthful  memories of companions, some now gone.



Epic days, trying to impress? Pushing it and nearly, losing it?

Descent to Shenevall, steep, slippy and wet,

Eroded now by so many feet.

Descent to Sheneval

Descent to Sheneval

Collect some wood. The bothy, the deer, they are still there;

Sheneval. It never changes, only the seasons.



Fire on, primeval. Tea in hand, alone with thoughts.

the Deer rattle the door, time for sleep.

Fire on Primeviel

Fire on Primeviel

Memories ­­ – Thanks to the MBA!


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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