Sunday, July 09, 2006

Achnashellach and Torridon Hills: Moruisg (255) and now a non-Munro Sgurr nan Ceannaichean (284)

Walk date: 06/05/06
My Munro #'s: 79

Update: 10/09/09 - gurr nan Ceannaichean has been stripped of its Munro status, all numbers are now out by one!

The sturdy cairn of Moruisg:

East from Sgurr nan Ceannaichean into Gleann Fhiodhaig:

Hiking Expedition 2006! ~3 and a half hours. The route from the car park started straightforward enough, through low level farmland; past the cows, over the bridge and under the railway, but then any distinguishable path disappears as rough grass and bog becomes the norm as you approach the imposing slopes of Moruisg.

There is no easy route up Moruisg's slopes, no secret path. You just have to be patient, but the work required for the quick increase in height is sweetened by the corresponding improving views.

Once on top, Moruisg is very flat and on a pleasant day such as this was, it makes for a nice stroll with tremendous views all around. Moving on to the col is easy enough and the turn to take in Sgurr nan Ceannaichean (the lowest Munro) becomes a little steep but keeps a nice path to the top. I believe the tiny southern cairn is the actual summit and not the trig point so make sure you see the job through!

Rather than returning to the col, keep on down Creag a' Chait to the north, where a path takes you all the way down to a forestry fence. Stay on the right of this (including after the river crossing, ignore the welcoming gate through the fence) and it will take you safely back to the railway crossing and your vehicular transportation.

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