We recently headed west again following a working day for Neil in Fort William. Heading along Loch Arkaig in the early evening, we’d forgotten just how long the loch is and just how much of a roller-coaster the road is and it was getting towards dusk when we were only half way along the loch. Nae worries; we found a wee corner to pull off the road and a wee bit of flattish grass to pitch the tent.
At the end of the road there were four cars parked on wee bits of verge and I was surprised to see anyone at all considering this was a midweek day in March. We followed the track on the north side of Glen Dessary and noted that this track is pretty smooth and would be passable by mountain bike as far as Glen Dessary House – four kilometres along the glen.
We took the right fork at the cottage which is signposted for “Sourlies Loch Nevis 4 hours” a walk I’d like to do sometime. The path here became much rougher and pretty wet. This is where we had initially though we’d camp overnight and as we walked along I eyed up a couple of likely places for next time – if they are not taken!
We had originally thought we’d walk the two Munros at the head of Glen Dessary however after just the initial walk along the glen I realised I’ve not yet recovered from the Lyme disease and I knew I’d not manage such an arduous day. Instead we opted to head up the first Corbett above the glen, Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh, and traverse the wee horseshoe over the top, Druim a Chuirn.
About 2km after Upper Glen Dessary we left the path and struck off uphill following the burn between Sgurr Cos na B-L and Sgur Coireachan. We headed up the south-westerly ridge which gave good walking on grass and short heather, with a few rocky outcrops to negotiate. There are two wee lochans just below the summit and after checking one top just to make sure that one was not the summit we stopped beside the lochan for a bite to eat before striking for the summit at 835m.
From here the ridge above the corrie to the other Corbett top was clearly visible as was a line of old metal fence posts.
By now the weather had changed a bit and up here in the wind it was now quite cold. The distant views were still hazy as they had been all morning, but it was still a stunning location. Looking north-east we could see Glen Kingle and the hills above Loch Quoich and beyond to Glen Sheil.
The summit of Druim a Chuirn was not obvious and again it was a case of standing on the top of several high points and checking the altitude with the GPS! We found it eventually. Just before this top we passed the only other person we saw all day, an Irish woman who was carrying full backpacking gear and who was doing the route in the opposite direction to us, then going to be heading down to the bothy, I wasn’t quite sure which bothy she was heading for, but she looked very fit as she was left us going at a cracking pace.
The descent from this top was fairly easy going and simply a matter of picking a route between the rocky outcrops.
We headed to the Alt na Feith where we picked up the path that runs between Glen Dessary and Glen Kingle. It does not appear to be a very well used path – except by deer, judging by the number of deer tracks churning up the ground. Just before Glen Dessary house the path becomes a stalkers quadbike/argocat track
It was a relief for my knees to get back to the level track and I really enjoyed the easy romp along the glen back to the public road.
Back at the loch side we saw more red deer stag who totally ignored us.
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