1976 – Day 6. May 14 North – South Walk.Nest of Fannichs – Fionn Bheinn (933m Munro 246) – Scardroy Strathcarron.

Fionn Bheinn – many years later 2019.

From the Guidebook – “Fionn Bheinn is often the forgotten hill of the area, its wide grassy (and wet) slopes contributing to its neglect. This isn’t a hill to leave for a claggy day however, as the summit is a superb viewpoint.”

There was a food supply drop off for us left at Achnasheen later on in the day so we had lighter bags for the first part of the day. On leaving of the bothy the Nest was not easy wet clothes on and huge rivers to cross that were pretty swollen by the rain and snow. These rivers were endless and we got soaked as we headed round Loch Fannich and into the back of Fionn Bheinn our only hill for the day.

Hard going from the bothy to the road.

Again we saw huge herds of deer on the hill but we were yet to meet anyone on the hills after 6 days. This hill is described as an uninspiring hill in many guides but from the Fannich side it is a wild place and we enjoyed once we got there the lovely North Corrie of the hill the Toll Coire was impressive. I was struggling at the top maybe it was the hard going over the last few days. There was a bitter wind and we kept going with Paul and Jim pulling away ahead and me looking into the wild corries before we descended to the endless boggy slopes.

From here it was down onto the road at Achnasheen and I felt awful. I told the other two to keep going and I would catch up on the way to Scardroy Lodge in Strathconnon. I had a bug and went downhill very quickly and the easy pull over to Scardroy left me wasted it was less than 5 miles and 500 feet but what a mess I was in when I arrived. The final pull to the beleach was hard going and Jim and Paul were long gone. Eventually I arrived the keeper and his wife were with Jim and Paul and had a meal and a dram for us I went straight to bed feeling awful and really worried about tomorrow! I could not get well my gear was at least getting dried and the keeper’s wife I am sure were John and Blanche Meldrum who looking after me. Jim and Paul were going well and we had a food drop off ready for us at the bothy, I could not enjoy it and the few luxuries and was soon asleep.

I am sure this is the lodge from an old photo I was glad to be here.

Distance 21 miles and 7547. Total 1 Munro Grand total 16 Munros .

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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