The Valley of 100 hills Sgurr Dubh – Torridon.

At the weekend we headed for Torridon the forecast looked good. There would be many others out on the hills so we plan to try to be away from the crowds. There are two Corbett’s on the South Side of Glen Torridon they are ignored for their bigger Torridon giants opposite Beinn Eighe and Liathach that dominate the landscape. Sgurr Dubh and Sgorr Nan Lochan Uaine .

Today we would savour the day and enjoy the stunning weather. There was no rush. I was in great company with my friend Kallie and her Collie Islay

The valley of 100 hills what a back drop.

These hills were an easy decision as I have done Sgurr Dubh and Sgorr nan Lochan Uaine in winter and summer the views can be exceptional. These are tricky hills in poor weather. It’s complex ground with so many outcrops. This was a no rush day despite the shortage of day light we will probably just climb one of the hills and savour it.

We parked in the Corrie Dubh Car park and just got in. It was mobbed another problem evolving. The old friendly deer was there after food. It scares me that all that all that deer has to do is be startled and it’s antlers could damage you some folk are so close taking photos etc.

There were lots in the busy car park were planning their big days on the Torridon Giants Liathach and Beinn Eighe. You could here the banter “How fast can we climb these hills in ? “ I used to be one of them with age comes a more sedate life.

We saw one other party head across the road to our hills then we only saw one other solitary Walker all day on the path and a couple of mountain bikers on the way off.

On the way to the hill you pass the famous SMC Ling hut by a good path. It’s shut due to Covid and holds many memories for me. This area is famous it called the “Coire of 100 hills” due to the many glacial drumlins you pass on route. I have a photo I will find of these drumlins with the light hitting them taken . I was walking up Beinn Eighe a few years ago and the light showed the drumlins off so clearly.

Drumlins : “a low oval mound or small hill, typically one of a group, consisting of compacted boulder clay moulded by past glacial action.”

Even this area of the path can be a complex area as on the main ridge with lots of crags and can be a navigational nightmare in bad weather.

Not today the pull into the ridge is steep but worthwhile and on a good day like this the views are outstanding. You scramble along the by the stream on hopefully on dry rock gaining height and the views will open out onto the ridge. It was pretty loose here and a big drop care was taken but the views were amazing. Islay the collie picking her way up the rock and us struggling to keep up. The burn is so stunning with waterfalls and plunge pools.

The path takes a line up the left hand side of the gully.

A well behaved dog is essential on the hills Islay never chases and picks a good line. This comes from good training and being used to steep hill ground. She has a superb winter coat and is a joy to be with.

From here you have to take time as the summit ridge is still complex with so many lochs many are hidden it is fairly craggy but the route on a good day is superb. We picked a line marvelling at the scenery the weather and the sun. Kalie lives here and passes this hill often but was unaware of its wildness. We were spoiled by the weather.

It can be a maze here of Lochans and in winter deep snow. Today it was lovely mostly dry slab walking into another world. This is one of the most beautiful places with the views of the Torridon hills unsurpassed and special.

The mighty Liathach looking stunning.

Near the summit there is a lovely cliff and it has some great lines on it. In winter there short but lovely looking routes but a long walk in. The rock looks so clean and with the clarity of the day the shadows show the lines.

Islay on the rock waiting patiently

We wandered up onto the gully and then had a break below the summit the weather was still lovely and more views opened out. There was no rush today just time to sit and take it all in.

The final summit is very broken ground scree but you soon reach the top and the wee shelter which was in mist for a few minutes then it cleared.

The summit great views all the way.

We had lunch no rush and could have headed down another way on steep ground but we both agreed to stay high and enjoy the ridge again.

Islay loving her day waiting patiently for us .

The light was changing as were the views yet it’s some time if year. The grass is now a golden brown the sun out the wee chill in the air gone. The walking superb and our eyes open wide to the views.

We kept stopping taking photos looking at the plants and rocks.

We descended the same way eventually hitting the cairns after some broken ground. Care was taken Islay followed us down she was so careful with her feet. We were glad to be off the steep loose ground and back by the waterfalls and muddy path.

We were soon on the main path back passed the Hut Kalie charging on. Again we met some mountain bikers on the path. Then back to the car via Islay in the river to get cleaned.

The car park was busy folk arriving after a great day. You could hear in their voices how much they enjoyed it. We headed back into a stunning evening all feeling what a great day we had. How lucky we are in these strange times to enjoy these great hills , slowly nowadays but with our eyes more open when a hill was just a tick in a book.

Kalie and Islay taking it all in.

Thanks for the company Kalie and Islay what a day is that the last before these hills are snow covered?

Today’s tip:

Take time to take it all in “ the mountains are not a gymnasium for your ego”

Heavy and Islay looking towards Beinn Eighe

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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