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Knoydart's Munros

13-16 June 2016
A 4-day event based in the Knoydart Foundation Bunkhouse and hiking up the main peaks in the peninsula. Emma was leading...

photo 2 We arrived at Inverie on the lunchtime ferry and after tour of our accommodation at the Knoydart Foundation Bunkhouse spent the afternoon exploring the surrounding area. A cycle across the peninsula to Airor with visits to Doune and Sandaig being one of the recommendations, together with a stroll along the Long Beach. Dinner was at the Old Forge where we were spoilt for choice.

photo 1 A good forecast for the next morning prompted the decision for a 7am departure for the climb of the Corbett Sgurr Choire Choinnichean before following the Aonach Sgoilte ridge towards Ladhar Bheinn. It was a blue sky morning, making for a rather warm climb up the steep grassy slopes. When we reached the ridge it really was magical, with the Islands of Eigg and Rhum behind us, almost shimmering in the sea, and the full extent of the Knoydart mountains stretched out before us. The Aonach Sgoilte, or notched ridge as it translates is little trodden, with a series of clefts and rises traversed whilst heading north. We lunched in the sun near the highest point of the ridge before following the ridge west towards the summit of Ladhar Bheinn.

photo 2 The views all day were stunning, especially those looking towards Loch Hourn as we climbed towards Ladhar Bheinn's summit. We had a little competition from some low cloud encroaching from the north east, however, we were lucky as it dispersed as we reached the summit and we were rewarded with a full panorama with the Cuillins of Skye looking particularly magnificent. There were only 2 other parties on the mountain all day, and we really did feel as though we were seeing Scotland at its best. The descent to the glen is surprisingly easy, down a long grassy slope, and there were some tired legs when we reached the forest track which was to take us back to Inverie. We were spurred on by the promise of a pint at the Old Forge at the end of the walk and sitting outside in the sunshine sipping our cold drinks was a perfect end to a long day on the mountain.

photo 1 The forecast for the next day was not quite as promising. However, with a long walk ahead we opted for another 7am departure. We walked up to the Mam Barrisdale, which is the pass between Inverie and Barrisdale, there were some showers en route and Meall Buidhe remained stubbornly in the clouds. However, Luinne Beinn, our first summit was surprisingly clear and we had good views into the wild corrie between the 2 Munros as we climbed. It was a blustery ascent but we were rewarded with a view from the twin summits.

photo 2 The traverse between Luinne Beinn and Meall Buidhe is one of the finest walks in Scotland, we had an atmospheric walk as the mist blew in and out giving us glimpses of views of surrounding mountains. The final climb is a fun, easy scramble up impressive slabs of Moine Schist. We met the only other person we saw all day on top of a windswept Meall Buidhe before following the long sweeping ridge back towards Inverie Bay. The descent gives superb sea views all the way and Eigg and Rhum were just about visible through the low cloud.

photo 1 Back at the bunkhouse the midges had arrived and we had a relaxing final morning before heading to the ferry and the end of our trip.

More photos by Emma are here on Flickr.

We'll be back in Knoydart next year, more info here.

We're on the neighbouring 'Rough Bounds of Knoydart' in July, more info here.

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