Munro Adventure 2015
DAY 74 ( 13th JULY )
Into Glen Affric
Tom a’Choinnich (1112m, Munro 41) – ‘hill of the moss’
Toll Creagach (1054m, Munro 77) – ‘rocky hollow’
After yesterday’s hills I had to take Steven back to Lhanbryde which meant I got home to my own bed for the night . The weather forecast for today was rain in the morning clearing up in the afternoon so I was in no rush to get away early as I was having a easy hill day today. Left home at 11am and arrived in Glen Affric at 1pm and it was still raining lightly , had lunch ,waited a while and eventually set off at 2.15 when it was just spitting rain and no more . I had parked beside the bridge and took the track up past the forest and out into the open following the river as far as the stalkers path which headed up the Allt Toll Easa. I was pleasantly surprised to see the summit of Tom a’Choinich clear, a change from the last 2 days.
After a while the path split and I took to the rocky SE ridge which curved round the corrie and eventually onto the top, the higher Affric hills were just in the cloud as were the Mullardoch ones across the loch.
Took the steep narrow E ridge down to the coll and now it was just a undulating grassy ascent up onto Tom a’ Choinnich which was also cloud free, there was basically no wind today and a pleasure to be out. We descended the broad SSE ridge and eventually a track which joined onto the outward route and back to the van.
Quite a lot of people on the hill today and the narrow Affric road very busy on the drive in, it’s holiday season obviously.
Today’s totals:10.84mls:1116m ascent, 4hrs 21mins.
222 Munros to date.
Glen Affric – what a place.
Justly renowned for the glory of its woodlands, this classical blend of natural forest, shimmering loch and rugged hill, found in Glen Affric has inspired many Victorian artists, and the ‘Monarch of the Glen’ painted by Landseer was set amidst this fine panorama. The spectacle of the Dog Falls at the foot of the glen leads the visitor to Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhoin, known for the excellence of its trout fishing and beyond, by pathways, along Loch Affric to enjoy the magnificence of the Highlands.
Glen Affric, often described as the most beautiful glen in Scotland, stretches for some 30 miles from Kintail in the west to within a couple of miles of Cannich in Strathglass. The burns tumbling down the mountains on the north side of Glen Shiel and from Beinn Fhada culminate in two major streams – Allt a Chòmhlain and Allt Cam-bàn. Together they combine to create the River Affric that flows through two major lochs to Fasnakyle in Strathglass where it meets with the Abhainn Deabhag to form the River Glass.