Sunday, 6 June 2010

Ardgour 31 May

With a bright blue sky above and an equally bright blue sea below we took the Corran ferry to Ardgour on our way to Strontian and a couple of Corbetts above the lead mines.

Lochaber 31 May 2010-002 West from the Corran ferry

Sgurr Dhomhnuil took almost three hours to reach over rough pathless ground but the views were worth every minute of the struggle. To the west Skye, Rhum, Mull and a number of smaller islands could be seen. To the east Ben Nevis and the nearby ridges with the snow covered Cairngorms clear in the far distance. To both north and south, just endless hills as far as the eye could see and beyond – what a place to play.

Lochaber 31 May 2010-007 Sgurr Dhomhnuil with Sgurr na h’Ighinn in front from Sgurr a’ Choarainn

Originally and somewhat optimistically we planned to visit both Corbetts (Sgurr Dhomhnuil & Beinn na h-Umamha) and the two Grahams (Sgurr a Chorainn & Sgurr na Laire) but by the time reached Beinn na h-Umamha doubts were creeping in and once on Sgurr a Chorainn we decided the 6 mile walk out would be enough.

Lochaber 31 May 2010-003 Ben Nevis

Lochaber 31 May 2010-004 Ben Nevis and the Mamores beyond the east end of Ardgour

Lochaber 31 May 2010-005 South towards Ballachulish with Glencoe beyond

Lochaber 31 May 2010-006 Ballachulish with the hills above Glencoe beyond

By late in the afternoon the clouds were beginning to build, getting ready for the overnight rain, but this was a very special day on some remote hills, one that will remain long in our memory.


  1. Stunning photography as always!

    No plans to go up Ben Nevis?

  2. Stuart - we went up Ben Nevis at the end of May 2000, in a blizzard! Later this year (4th September) I plan to run the Ben Nevis hill race.
    Details here

    Youtube makes it look all very easy!