I was away early yesterday from my home on the East heading for the West coast. The forecast was superb and being a Friday the hills should be quite. It was a lovely drive over no rush and we met in the Beinn Alligin car park. It was one of these stunning days a little hazy but perfect walking and no midges. The carpark was empty but everything was bone dry there was a big Fire Risk on the hills so please be very careful.
Over the years I have done many hard hill days here. The walk in and out especially after some big days or epic callouts do not let you take the beauty in of this path that you can follow to Beinn Alligin or Beinn Dearg or through the Glen to Liathach or Beinn Eighe. Today was perfect walking I could have done with lighter trousers but just incredible. The path follows the river it’s superb in places with pools and gorges and the first bit of the path takes you through wonderful woodland. The trees the mosses and the river plus so many beautiful boulders make this a lovely wander on its own. The birds were singing and the sun was out and today no midges. This was a close to heaven for us as it gets.
Kalie my friend and Islay her lovely Collie were my company for what turned out to be a grand walk. The river is so close by and the views of that superb mountain Beinn Alligin open up as you walk. The stunning Corbett Beinn Dearg watches you all the way. This is a huge unsung Corbett that I love. It’s a complicated mountain and one of Scotland’s finest with a huge pull onto its main ridge and a scramble summit. It’s a steep descent any way you go. Well worth a visit?
There are two great bridges crossing the river lifesavers in poor weather when the river is wild and the path is superb.
The views of Liathach are stunning still holding snow the huge Coire na Caim and the pinnacles in full view.
We passed the path up to the Horns of Alligin another wonderful day but I wanted to have a look at the North West face of Nan Rathan
(the backside of the Horns of Alligin) I had been here on a few call outs in winter and never really seen this wild place.
This face opens up and there is so much scope for a winter climber. The path continues it was not marked on the map but takes you on past a great wilderness.
It’s a huge area and though it was warm we stopped and enjoyed the day. Islay still has her winter coat so she was a bit warm so we sat down often and enjoyed every minute. Islay cooling off.
The cliff was looking incredible there are a few lines but the scope for more and some serious scrambling about. Well worth a visit and great to be here on such a great day.
We continued on and to the approach of the Corbett Beinn Dearg.
Up on this wild place there is a series of small Lochans and the huge bulk of another Corbett in the distance Bosbheinn. This area is full of great hills. There was a bit of wind cooling and we just enjoyed the views. Yet it was the huge bulk of Beinn Dearg that looked so good today with a chunk in its armour on the steep slopes.
We had some lunch then headed down the weather was still perfect and I had been drinking a lot and taking it slowly. You have to be careful in the sun. It was a great wander back down we met no one on the hill. It will be so different tomorrow .
Thanks Kalie and Islay for another great day.