Above Glen Dessary

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.

Loch Arkaig

Early the following morning the lighting was wonderful and gave more great views over the loch and to the hills in Locheil Forest, Glenfinnan and out towards Morar and Knoydart.
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The Horse’s Back – Bac an Eich

Gleann Chorainn, Strathconon

Hill: Bac An Eich (Back or Bank of the Horse) 849m / 2791ft
Distance: 15km
Ascent: 860m

Last week continued with unseasonally warm and sunny weather up here near Inverness and looking at the Mountain Weather Information Service forecast showed this weather was also extending to the hills.  The forecast for Northwest Highlands showed:  “How Wet? = No rain”, and “Chance of cloud free Munros = 90%”. Too good not to head out. OK, the wind was going to be a wee bit blowy at 40 – 50mph and gusts of up to 70mph on the higher tops, so probably best to stick to the low-ish hills then!
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Cul Beag: a Good Friday walk

Cul Beag, Coigach

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.
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