Saileag & Sgurr a' Bhealaich Dheirg
Glensheil - by Robert Bell
It was getting late on in the year (end of October) and daylight
hours were becoming the limitation on what was a sensible potential
walking conquest. As such, we gave ourselves the best possible
start and kipped at Bank street bunkhouse in Fortwilliam (highly
Light refreshments the night before the morning after ensured
that we slept well, thereby ensuring we were fresh and madforit
in the morning - that was the theory.
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The initial ascent is a bit of a
tough one, but then aren't they all, and isn't that the point
of it all. The fresh snow covering the top of the hills made
an interesting addition to the day, though the surprise drifts
really sapped any energy available.
Many of the route books suggest completing all 4 munros in
a single circuit - indeed some even suggest tagging these 4
hills to the 5 sisters - but for a late autumnal expedition
the 2 hills proved to be ample.
- We started off (9.45am) at a small
car park just below some pine forest on the A87 (OS 009136).
- We headed up through a break in the forest rising steeply
and Northwards to the Bealach an Lapain(760m). A cairn marks
the top of Bealach an Lapain; and to the West are the Five
sisters of Kintail.
- We moved off to the East for 1km climbing along a easy broad
ridge to the summit of Sailag (956M). Arrived at 12.15pm.
Sailag is marked with a cairn on top of a pyramidal
- From Sailag we moved directly east dropping down via a twisting
ridge to a col. From here we started our accent to Sgurr a`
- Once on the main ridge we carried on past an old stone dyke.
Turning north (and passing by the stone dyke) the ridge gets
narrow as it ends some 50m further on.
- There is a fine crafted cairn that sits on the edge of a
narrow bouldered ridge.We arrived at 2pm. Care is required
as there are sharp drops to both east and west. The views
were fantastic. Torridon, South Glen Shiel ridge, The five
sisters of Kintails and Ben Nevis were some of the highlights
in the crisp autumn light.
- Our decent took us South towards Meall Charra.
- At OS036139 we turned southwest following some small streams
till we reached the deer fence just above the line of the
forest. We tracked the deer fence till we reached a metal
gate at OS 026133.
- At this point we dropped down through the woods till we
met the forestry road that led west for 1.5km. We followed
the road till its end before walking through some rough ground
to the roadside and the car park at our starting point.
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