What was this? Glorious weather on a bank holiday! Unheard of in Scotland. To make the most of this weather and to avoid most of the Bank Holiday crowds we headed west to Coigach an area of wild land – hills and lochs – northwest of Ullapool. As we had climbed Cul Mor on a previous trip we decided to tackle the wee brother, Cul Beag. We thought this would be an easy walk to get us back into the hills after a bit of a hiatus.
We studied the map for the area and considered the long gradual approach from the east, however we thought this looked a bit far for a late start (it was almost 1pm before we approached the single-track road to Achiltibuie). Instead we chose to take the short, steep ascent from the west.
We started from about half way along Loch Lurgainn at Linneraineach (NC 127088) and followed a stalkers path heading north. This path gave us wonderful views north to Suilven and Cul Mor.
And views west to Stac Pollaidh
At a small lochan at the height of the pass, we headed east up the steep slope to a col. The was a long, tiring drag but easy in the dry conditions.
From the col we watched a party of young people descending and while we waited to have the hill to ourselves, we headed north to the smaller top.
This top gave wonderful views looking north, over Lochan an Doire Dhuibh to Cul Mor in Inverpolly National Nature Reserve.
We returned to the col and continued south steeply to the summit.
Rather than return the way we had come we chose to descend by following the top of the crags south and dropping down to the end of Loch Lurgainn.
This route gave us great views of the steep crags on this side of the hill
There are many amazing rock formations
We actually dropped lower than we should have here as we were following our son who had decided he was going to pick a way down between the crags.
This brought us down close to the easterly end of the loch
With about two miles to walk back on the road.
Our son made his way back to the start safely, but no quicker than us and having looked at his GPS reading of his route I think we made the best decision for us.