MUNRO ADVENTURE 2015
DAY 67 ( 6th JULY )
A DAY ON THE CUILLIN
Sgurr Dearg ‘In-Pinn’ (986m, Munro 164) ‘red peak’
Sgurr na Banachdich (965m, Munro 190) ‘peak of smallpox or milkmaid’
Sgurr a’Greadaidh (973m, Munro 185) ‘peak of torment/conflict’:
Sgurr a’Mhadaidh (918m, Munro 277) ‘peak of the fox’
After Jake picked me up we drove back up to Lundie had a brew and discussed tomorrow’s plans , I suggested going to Skye as the weather looked good and he agreed it was a good plan, we had all our climbing gear with us in preparation anyway. We then headed up to the Cluaine Hotel for our tea and a few drinks , we were a bit disappointed with the food it was all rather bland also the waitress wasn’t that good . Back to the van for a nightcap and finalise plans, it was bacon and egg rolls at 7am and on our way by 8.
Jake true to his word was on the go at 6.15 and gave me a shout at 7 we even were on the road at 7.40 in my van. We arrived and parked up beside the mountaineering hut got packed up and away at 9.15 following the path past the delightful waterfall and then another path to the ridge of Sgurr Dearg. We passed a group of 12 students heading for the same route and further on a guided party of 5 also doing the same. The weather was improving as we ascended and was very atmospheric with the thin mist rolling over the ridge , we got to the top and decided to gear up at the base of the climb and hopefully get up before the others arrived , now for the most difficult part getting TWD into the rucksack , after 3 failed attempts and a flesh wound for me in the process the guided group had arrived so we just waited till they went up before trying again ,4th time lucky and once she was secured inside the bag settled down. Jake led the climb and I followed up the very exposed E ridge and was delighted to top out, Jake as usual clambered up onto the bolster Stone I was quite happy to touch it. We waited till the other party were clear before abseiling down the short ridge. As it was one of the best weather days on the Cuillin for a while there was nothing else for it to continue N along the ridge onto Sgurr na Banachdich where we met a young family taking in the views. The next section is one off the trickiest on the main ridge especially if it’s wet and misty and even today we still had to reroute sometimes , we got onto Sgurr a’Ghreadaidh and had a break to refuel and have a good look about , we watched the boats sailing round Loch Coruisk far below full of tourists no doubt. One summit to go but not before a steep scramble down to An Dorus ( the door) far below , I couldn’t see Penny so have her a shout but she was already down , I wonder how she does it sometimes she so agile , a steep ascent seen us on Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh in no time ,we returned back to An Dorus and a long rocky descent down to the valley below , we got a few spits of rain which got steadily heavier as we got to the youth hostel at the road and a short walk back to the van. This was a superb day out in these beautiful mountains, what a difference a sunny day makes. For me this was the crux on my adventure and I can’t thank Jake enough for all his help today, and finally very well done to Penny and she can rest assured I won’t put her through that trauma again.
Very well job done today
Today’s totals:8.86mls,1377m ascent,7hrs 57 mins.
196 Munros to date.
A great day snatched in great weather by the great Munro Adventure and Jake – what a dog Penny is – I am visiting them tomorrow in Kintail as weather is poor and Penny will be back to finish the Skye Munros. What a day and an adventure I am in awe !
Skye Ferry crossing – For info
The crossing from Glenelg to Skye on the Skye Ferry is one of the true gems you will find while traveling in the Scottish Highlands. An experience that before even getting there becomes heightened when you see the Kyle Rhea straits for the first time.
At peak tides speeds of over 10kts have been measured and the narrow sea crossing of under 600 meters can look more like a stretch of river rapids than a sea crossing.
FERRY TIMETABLE – 10am to 6pm
10am to 7pm (June, July, August).
Every 20 minutes or as required.
Every day (weather permitting) between:
Easter and mid October (approximately)
The MV Glenachulish and maybe a flypast.
And there, crossing back and forward, daily in season, is the MV Glenachullish. Originally built in 1969 for the Ballachulish crossing prior to the bridge being opened in 1975 she is the last operating manual turntable ferry in the world and very much a Scottish National Treasure. Before you cross, stop a while and watch. If you are lucky you may see a flypast by our resident Sea Eagles that regularly feed at the crossing, also Porpoise or maybe pods of Dolphins, Otters and many other species of wildlife.
Meet the crew (and future skipper!)
On board will be the skippers, Donnie or “Q”, plus a friendly chatty crew often helped by **Nak the ferry dog and during the school holidays, Izzie, a 16 year old lass who dreams of becoming the future ferry skipper (Izzie has been on TV – several times!).
It may sound surreal but it’s what makes the Skye Ferry attract visitors from all over the world on what is surely the most magical sea crossing “over the sea to Skye”.