A change of plan means we are free to organise a 4 or 5 day trip away in two weeks time. I had thought of returning to Knoydart, as I’ve still got hills there I wish to climb, but I found out that the weekend of 17th – 19th April they are holding a music festival to celebrate 10 years of the community buyout. I like music festivals, but I’d prefer to see Knoydart when it is not crowded.
Never mind, plenty more wonderful places to choose from over in the west.
I thought I share with you a few notes from my last trip to Knoydart when we had a couple of day of sunshine in June a couple of years ago.
Knoydart is a remote peninsular of wild land (or at least about as wild as it gets in the UK) . The only way to the area is a 13km hike along a narrow path to the north of the peninsular or a ferry to the south side. Even the road to the start of the path is pretty spectacular.
The hike along the side of Loch Hourn is pretty easy, although it has more up and down sections than I imagined it would. It was wonderfully quiet when we walked in and we didn’t see one other person the whole way.
The first view of Ladhar Bheinn across Barrisdale Bay is quite breathtaking as you look into the corrie.
Barrisdale Bay is an inviting looking spot and we would liked to have camped here, but I suppose it has been heavily used by campers over the years and the estate prefer everyone to camp close to the bothy.
There was about 4 or 5 other tents and 4 folks in the bothy too, so it was still fairly quiet. It was good to have time to potter about in the evening, enjoying the sunshine and relaxing – until the midges descended on the place.
The next day the weather was not so good, but still fair and looking good to tackle Ladhar Bheinn. We followed an obvious path up into Coire Dhorrcail then climbed up to the ridge on the rim of the corie.
We had a bit of low cloud on the summit and this hid the views back down and a along the ridge a little.
We descended the easterly ridge – Stob na Muicraidh; this route was a wee bit steep at the very top but nothing serious. It was mainly a long, steep grassy slope.
After returning to Barrisdale we grabbed a bite to eat before packing up. Before we’ve finished this, the midges descended and we were eaten alive., but once we got walking we escaped them. We finally returned to the car about 10 pm (this last photo is taken at 9.45pm – I love our long summer days!)
Enjoy a few more photos from the trip as you listen to Runrig ~ Alba, from the album Long Distance (The Best of Runrig) 1996.