New Year’s Day what a great walk on Sgurr an Airgid at Kintail.

The keen folks were away at 0630 on New Years Day for a big hill day on the 5 Sisters and hopefully the Brothers . A big hill day in any books especially at this time of year. Other big days were planned and we had a small Corbett to do so we had a leisurely start. It is not light till after 0800 but the forecast was good so off they went in the dark. Impressive and left a few of the older club members for our hill.

On the start of the day great views all day.

Sgurr an Airgid – For Years I have been sadly to busy chasing the Munro’s I missed out on this grand wee hill. I had done it before on wild winters day up the wee burn on the ice then a big pull from sea level to the summit. It was all a bit rushed but not today. The effects of little sleep meant we were not on the hill till after 1000 but it was a short day in the past . I re – looked at the map it’s a short day indeed. Three – Four hours at an easy pace it says in the book but you start at sea level.

I was helping with the meal tonight so was going to be back in plenty of time.

Looking towards Beinn Fhada the Kintail hills what views.

This is from walkhighlands website “Sgurr an Airgid may seem like the lowly neighbour amongst the peaks of Kintail, but don’t be mistaken. Despite its lower height, it offers a relatively straightforward hillwalk revealing some of the area’s most magnificent views. An excellent introduction to the higher mountains of the area.

The stalking path that leaves opposite the cemetery has plenty of parking but three cycled from the bothy. It’s a great path and

It zig-zags up to ridge.”


From here there is a plateau which would be a bit boggy but not today. Here we saw an Eagle and the views of Skye, Torridon and Applecross were great.

The path is a lot better than I remember and this is a popular hill now and the views make it worthwhile.

It’s still a pull but we stopped often to see the views and take a break. There was a tiny bit of snow on the last 100 feet and it was icy on the rocks. We could see that the giants of Hills in Kintail also had a snow topping. Care would be needed on these hills and others today with narrow ridges.

The wee Lochan near the top.

photo / Jake and Dianne on the way up.

It was then past some boulders that looked like caves near the summitb but they would make a great bivy spot for those who enjoy these nocturnal wandering .

The summit trig point may have been hit by lightning?

The weather was superb quite warm and with little wind we could enjoy the views Beinn Sgritheal and other hills. It always stands out as does the Saddle and its much neglected tops. This wee summit is well worth a visit !

On the summit.

It was time to grab some food and a drink then enjoy the light the mountains and the sea they are a wonderful combination.

On a day like this we could enjoy nature’s wonder at the ever changing light. Rays of sunshine were coming out of the sky and making things even more special.

Natures wonder!

It soon got cold a breeze sprung up and then we headed down the same path to meet another party coming up. We had a chat then Jake headed off to extend his day over a few bumps and we headed down.

We were soon down the path was great but even though this was a short day the knees hurt.

Evening light.

It was back to the van then down to the bothy. We were first back as most were still out having great days. Carol, Odell and Alister 5 Munros a long day. had a great long day. Shona and Dan did the 5 sisters and Andy Lawson 4 Munros of the South Clunnie. A few others had local walks on all some day.

Also Brent and Dianne announced their engagement to us all it made for a special few days! I wish them lots of happiness and just shows you that romance can happen in the mountains!

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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