Glen Dessary MunrosIt's a long way up the shore of Loch Arkaig to the road end at Strathan, and it's then another 4 miles to the bottom of Sgurr nan Coireachan (953m) in Glen Dessary. Fortunately, I have a bike and the track is reasonably smooth without too many steep bits. It therefore only took me about 40 minutes to cover those four miles, and then I was off, fighting through the forest (well there was a muddy quad-bike track that I used), and then on up the open hillside. Ahead of me lay three Munros, of which the last was the tallest.
|After another hour and a half, I was at the top of the first, and lowest of the three. However, the onward ridge (left) didn't look too tough, so I continued westwards, and soon found myself climbing to another summit. Unfortunately, neither this nor the next two are classified as Munros, just tops, and it was nearly 2 hours before I reached the top of Garbh Chioch Mhor (1013m). Another hour later and I was staring down Loch Nevis, with Knoydart on the right and Morar on the left. On the horizon lay the distinctive shape of the Isle of Eigg (below).|
|This was from the summit of the highest peak on the ridge, Sgurr na Ciche (1040m), and from there, I had to find my way back down to the valley floor, and thence to my bike. I retraced my steps to the narrow col between Sgurr na Ciche and Garbh Chioch Mhor, where a steep sided gorge dropped nearly 200m to the open hillside below. After that, it was easier, although by now my legs were getting very tired.
Somehow, I managed to keep going, and make my way back to my bike. I was a little concerned that the cycling would be too much for me, but to my surprise the hardly-noticeable gradient on the way out meant that I was free-wheeling almost half the way back. I also found pedalling much easier than walking had been for the last mile.
It was another fantastic day in the Scottish hills, and pushed me past 50 Munros in total, but whether it really prepared me for the upcoming Three Peaks or not was quite another matter!