Loch Quoich Munros

Loch Quoich Munros, 15 October 2019

A blog post from one of our mountain adventures in the Scottish hills and mountains. A day hillwalking up Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach - the Munros north of Loch Quoich. Steven Fallon was leading.

Loch Quoich Munros



Today I was joining a group with the intention of heading up Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach. Cracking weather was forecast for the day and after an early departure from the east in the last of the night's darkness, the sun gradually lifted as I drove westwards, lighting up the landscapes, the hills and mountains now golden with the autumnal shades.

Arriving at the Quoich Dam, the view ahead over Gairich was still and stunning - I was early, so just had to pause to take the view in (and photograph it too). (If you're looking at the newer OS maps of the area, you'll notice the Loch is now called 'Loch Cuaich' - the OS are striving to replace anglicised names with their original gaelic ones.).

To the meetup point and Neil was already raring to go ! There were a couple of campervans also there, and I recognised one - it was John Walker's ! Completely by chance, John was in the area tidying up his second round of Munros and today was heading up the same peaks as us - always great to have his company.

The rest of the group arrived, Fiona and brother Callum with their collie Travis, followed by Chris who had to squeeze his car in next to the passing place just along the road from us. Gear together, up through the rhodedendrons we went. It was glorious today and as we climbed up the stalkers path, we had to keep stopping to admire the views over the Rough Bounds of Knoydart. The path is in really good shape, looks like the estate has done some work on it recently. The views kept expanding the more height we gained, not only were we now looking over the South Glen Shiel Ridge and towards the Forcan Ridge, we could pick out Rum and glimpses of Skye's Cuillin and even the distinctive outline of Liathach in Torridon - all clear of cloud. Not so for Ben Nevis, a cap of mist stuck stubbournly onto the summit plateau of this high mountain.

Gleouraich was in the bag and time for some food ! And more views.



Eastwards towards Spidean Mialach, we met two people and their dog descending the grassy slopes - we met no-one else all day - odd given the conditions !

After more food, chat and views, we began our return. As we descended south-west from the summit, Gairich and the Rough Bounds of Knoydart were full-frontal ahead - what a superb view to finish the day off with. But not for John, he had other plans - Sgurr a'Mhaoraich - he had planned to head up this Munro tomorrow, but checking the forecasts (it's amazing where you can get 4G nowadays), it looked pretty dire - so off John sped downhill. The rest of us took a more leisurely pace, following the track from the new small hydro-scheme back to the roadside.

A great day, good chat and super views.

More photos are here on Flickr.



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