An Teallach

An Teallach recci, 7 September 2019

A blog post from one of our mountain adventures in the Scottish hills and mountains. I was out checking out a new route (for me) on An Teallach in the north-west highlands.

An Teallach recci

An Teallach is a massive mountain in the north-west highlands and there's lots of ways to get up onto the summits to enjoy the views. Probably the finest way to is to scramble over the 'classic traverse', taking in several of the peaks on the south-east ridge and ending up on the highest Bidean a'Ghlas Thuill. But with An Teallach being such a complex mountain, there's lots of other choices to be made.

The route I was going to explore was a minimal effort one to reach the Munro summits from Dundonnell. To do this, I wondered if I could by-pass Bidean a'Ghlas Thuil (so as not to summit it twice in a day) and take a more direct (and hopefully drier) route for return.

I arrived on a pretty good day, weather-wise - a mixture of cloud and sunshine, and a bit chillier than off late, now that we were in September. The lay-by and car-park by the Mountain Rescue station was choka, but I managed to squeeze my car in. Uphill on the well trodden path, around Meall Garbh to follow the burn below the crags of Glas Meall Mhor and up to Sron a'Choire, I passed a few groups of people. Ahead I could see a route around Bidean a'Ghlas Thuill, no paths and a bit loose ground. It worked well ending up with little descent to reach the col below Sgurr Fiona. Up to the summit of Sgurr Fiona and time to take in the views all around.

After chatting to some guys on Sgurr Fiona's summit (they were intending to traverse the ridge and camp at Sheneval), it was time to about-turn and return to the col. A 'hi' meeting up with some of the groups again that I'd passed earlier, a quick jaunt uphill saw me at the summit of Bidean a'Ghlas Thuill and time for some more views - I think this is the 19th time on this Munro, one more time than Sgurr Fiona as I've ran the An Teallach race before.

Back down to Sron a'Choire, this time I was going to take the high-road - the route marked with a dashed line on the OS map. A new route to me and an excellent route at that - there are cairns that mark the less obvious parts of the route higher up and it's well trodden lower down (where the ground is wetter). Fine views over to Coigach and the Outer Hebrides are enjoyed most of the way back, culminating in a lovely view over Little Loch Broom on the final descent. On the way I met up with the local feral goats, not bothered by me in the slightest

An excellent way to savour An Teallach !

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