Above Glen Carron on Moruisg

Moruisg

I’ve read several reports that say Moruisg is a boring hill – even the SMC Munros Guide calling it “not a very exciting mountain”. But I beg to differ. I think people who have called it boring have either got wet feet – it is very boggy – and fed up, or are mesmerised by it’s bigger, grander neighbours. Either way, I think it is a lovely hill, and like many smaller hills provides a great vantage point to view the larger neighbouring hills.

We tackled this in a day of clear blue skies and high temperatures and had a fairly easy day.
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Alone on Gairich

Gairich stands alone on the south side of Loch Quoich. It is a hill you gaze across when driving to Kinloch Hourn to get to Barrisdale and think “Hmm, must do that one day…” This mid summer day was that ‘someday’. It was a perfect day for an easy mid-week day out on my own.

Gairich
Looking to Gairich (919m) across Loch Quoich.

The usual route up the hill starts by crossing the dam on the south end of the loch.

This hill presents no difficulty with navigation as it stands quite alone and has a path which leads you to the obvious ridge. I parked near the dam at the eastern end of Loch Quoich at NH068024 and walked across the dam.
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Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair and Carn Liath

For our second day in the Glen Roy area we chose to climb the three Munros on Creag Meagaidh. Creag Meagaidh is a big brute of a mountain, consisting of 3 Munros: Creag Meagaidh (1130m), Stob Poite Coire Ardair (1053m) and Carn Liath (1006m) and several ‘Munro-tops’. The route over the three summits is 1334 m of ascent and 20.46 km long.

The area is a NNR (National Nature Reserve, managed by Scottish National Heritage (SNH). A SNH information panel beside the path gave a bit of information on the way the reserve is being managed.

On this National Nature Reserve, SNH seeks to establish a self perpetuating native woodland WITH red deer.

To permit growth of young trees it is vital that deer numbers are controlled. This annual cull of deer is achieved on the reserve using two methods. By live capture and by selective culling between 1 July and 15 February. Trained and experienced SNH staff accomplish this task using the most practical and humane methods.

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Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain

We spent two fabulous days of the Easter Holiday weekend walking in the hills in the Glen Spean area. This involved climbing Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain on Sunday, an overnight camp near Loch Treig (our first camp this year) and climbing Creag Meagaidh on Monday.

Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain

For this hill walk we started just north of An Dubh Lochan half a mile or so before Fersit. There is a path of sorts heading SW which crosses the line of the old tramway. The tramway ran from Loch Treig to Fort William and was part of the tunnelling works for the water supply for the aluminium works in Fort William.

Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin &  Stob Coire Easain

The path leads onto the broad ridge gradually gaining height and was easy walking, but the ground was wet. Very wet. We squelched through the sticky, black, peaty morass, passing a couple of hydro survey pillars connected to the water pipeline.
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The Rough Bounds of Knoydart

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.

Approaching Kinloch Hourn
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