Hills: Meallan nan Uan and Sgurr a'Mhuilinn
Date: Friday 2nd October 2009
Company: Just me
Time: 5Hrs 30Mins
Parked at Strathanmore, where there is room for several cars in a grass parking area beside two Strathconon Estate walking/stalking signs.
Meallan nan Uan and Sgurr a'Mhuilinn from road:
I followed the fence round the small wood before heading uphill towards Creag Ruadh.
Creag Ruadh from Strathanmore:
Looking across road to Meall Guibhais:
Last Friday, on setting off walking, the temperature was 15C. Today it was only 5C.
The going throughout the day was very wet underfoot.
Looking back to car parking:
The ascent of Crag Ruadh was straight-forward apart from being wet and muddy in the lower slopes.
Ascending Creag Ruadh:
Looking across to Sgurr a'Mhuilinn:
The views down Strathconon were terrific.
River Meig and Loch Meig from spur before reaching Creag Ruadh:
View down to Inverchoran and Strathfarrar hills:
On reaching Creag Ruadh, I followed the ridge first to the 740m top and then on to the summit of Meallan nan Uan.
Looking towards Meallan nan Uan from Creag Ruadh:
Looking towards Meallan nan Uan:
Meallan nan Uan:
Summit of Meallan nan Uan:
I didn’t hang around long at the summit as I knew the forecast was due to worsen throughout the day. So it was a case of crack-on!
Looking across to Sgurr a'Mhuilinn from summit of Meallan nan Uan:
The initial descent from the summit of Meallan nan Uan is a bit rocky.
Descent from summit of Meallan nan Uan:
then headed for the knoll Carnan Fuar, skirting Loch Coire a’Mhuilinn.
Loch Coire a'Mhuilinn:
Loch Coire a'Mhuilinn:
From Carnan Fuar it was a simple grassy ascent to Sgurr a'Mhuilinn.
Looking towards summit of Sgurr a'Mhuilinn:
Summit of Sgurr a'Mhuilinn:
My map indicated that there was a trig point at the summit. There is only the remnants of the base remaining.
Remnants of trig point:
The initial descent from Sgurr a'Mhuilinn was quite steep, followed by a flat expanse of peat hags.
Peat hags of Sgurr a'Mhuilinn:
I crossed a fair number of the hags before crossing the Allt an Srathain Mhoir and descending via the same muddy mess that I ascended earlier in the day.
Got back to the car dry. Five minutes later the rain started.
Nice couple of Corbetts. Meallan nan Uan is definitely the finer one.