Hills: Farrmheall and Ghlas-bheinn
Date: Friday 28th May 2010
Company: Just me
Dog friendly: Yes

The weather this morning in Ullapool was somewhat wet. Having spent the past few days in and around Ullapool, I was happy to drive for a change of scenery. I checked out various forecasts on the off-chance that I might escape the rain. I found out about a new weather site a few weeks ago which I have already found quite useful. XCWeather was indicating several hours of sunshine near Sandwood Bay! I set off towards Durness. En-route the rain was torrential in Elphin and Inchnadamph. Would it be any better further North?

Between Laxford Bridge and Rhiconich I stopped to take a photo of the roadside rocks. According to one of my books this is, “Lewisian rocks exposed in a rock cutting. Older grey gneiss cut by black dykes, both of which are cut by younger pink granite veins.”

Interesting roadside geology:

There are eight Marilyns located within the Cape Wrath peninsula. Today I opted to nibble at the edge of Cape Wrath ascending both Farrnheall and Ghlas-bheinn. I know that Cape Wrath is occasionally used for military purposes and that the map highlights several “Danger Areas”. For the ascent of Farrmheall, I parked in a small car park next to the bridge at NC310570, where there is room for 2 or 3 cars. The ascent was straight-forward up pleasant gentle grassy slopes.


Ascent of Farrmheall:

Looking back towards car:

After passing a small sandstone tor, I was surprised to find a traffic cone up the hill. En-route to the summit, I found several more traffic cones. I have no idea why they are there, the only thought that came to mind was that the A835/A838 are in such a mess with pot-holes and lack of road surface that they intend routing the traffic up the hill instead.

Cloud-capped Foinaven:

The final 70m of ascent is quite gradual, over lots of small stones.

Stony approach to summit:

En-route to the summit Creag Riabhach caught my eye. I hadn’t seen it or heard of it previously. It looks an incredible hill, now right up my wish list.

An Grianan, Creag Riabhach and mast on 460m top:

Looking towards Durness from summit of Farrmheall:

Beinn Spionnaidh and Cranstackie from Farrmheall:

I returned to the car via the same route. While back at the car, Foinaven briefly shed its’ cloud. Ten minutes later it was again covered in cloud.


For the ascent of Ghlas-bheinn, I parked past Carbreck. In hindsight, it would have been simpler to walk between the hills and then back along the A838 to the car.

Cioch Mhor ridge of Beinn Spionnaidh:

The ascent of Ghlas-bheinn is also straight-forward up pleasant gentle grassy slopes.


I initially ascended to Am Bealach, which I found to be very wet underfoot. Creag Riabhach has nice cliffs.

Creag Riabhach:

Farrmheall from Ghlas-bheinn:

Lochan below summit of Ghlas-bheinn:

Fashven and Maovally:

There are two cairns in the summit area. The lower cairn is a fine viewpoint over Kyle of Durness.

Summit of Ghlas-bheinn:

Kyle of Durness from Ghlas-bheinn:

This walk provided a taster of Cape Wrath. I am now looking forward to a Cape Wrath main course sometime in the future