Hills: Beinn nan Caorach, Beinn na h-Eaglaise, Beinn Sgritheall
Date: Thursday 3rd June 2010
Company: Just me
Time: 7Hrs 50Mins

Couldn't get to sleep in hostel last night because of REALLY loud snoring.
1) Lie awake in bed getting more and more annoyed,
2) Drag the snorer outside, tie him to a tree and leave him to the midges, or
3) Get up seriously early and go walking.
While 2) was really tempting, I opted for 3), leaving the hostel at 03:15!

I drove round to Arnisdale, and then a mile or so further to the road end at Corran. There is parking for around a dozen cars at the Ceilidh House, Corran. By 04:30, it was already light and a beautiful morning.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

Parking beside the Ceilidh House, Corran:

From the car park, I made for the road end at Corran, crossed the bridge and then followed the Right of Way to Glenelg.


The sun was beginning to light up the hills in Knoydart.

Early morning sunshine in Knoydart:

After circa 1km of walking along the bank of the River Arnisdale, I crossed the river via a large but dodgy bridge.

Bridge over River Arnisdale (Cross at your own risk):

After crossing through a field of highland cattle, I crossed another bridge over the Allt Utha.

Looking towards Achadh a'Ghlinne (Beinn nan Caorach in background):

Bridge over Allt Utha at Achadh a'Ghlinne:

From Achadh a' Ghlinne, I followed the stalker's path at first towards Coire Druimhnam Bo and then Coire Chorsalain.

Looking back towards Corran:

Beinn Bhuidhe and Beinn na h-Eaglaise:

A few hundred metres after passing the Eas na Cuingid, I left the stalker's path and ascended the South ridge of Beinn nan Caorach.

Eas na Cuingid:

Looking back to Corran and Druim Fada:

As I gained more and more height, more and more hills come into view. By the time I reached the summit, I could see perhaps 100 hills.

Beinn na h-Eaglaise, 906m top and summit of Beinn Sgritheall:

Ladhar Bheinn:

Beinn Clachach, Druim Fada and hills of Knoydart:

At 07:00, I reached the summit of Beinn Caorach.

Myself at summit of Beinn nan Caorach:

From Beinn nan Caorach, I followed a line of rusty fenceposts down and then across to the wide ridge of Coire Dhrium nan Bo.

Beinn na h-Eaglaise, 906m top and summit of Beinn Sgritheall:

Approaching Beinn na h-Eaglaise:

Looking back to Coire Dhruim nan Bo:

The final section of Beinn na h-Eaglaise looked quite steep and craggy from a distance. On reaching it, it was straight-forward.

View from summit of Beinn na h-Eaglaise:

Loch Hourn:

The next section I have to say I really didn't enjoy. The descent from Beinn na h-Eaglaise to Bealach Arnasdail is steep and craggy. I agree with the SMC Corbett book warning that this descent would be potentially dangerous in mist/wet/snow.

Beinn Sgritheall from Bealach Arnasdail:

Looking back at descent from Beinn na h-Eaglaise:

From the bealach, I ascended Beinn Sgritheall which is also steep!

Beinn na h-Eaglaise and Beinn nan Caorach from Beinn Sgritheall:

By the time I reached the 906m top, I think my knees were telling me I'm getting old.

Beinn Sgritheall from 906m top:

Loch Hourn and (Billy the) boat heading for Barrisdale:

Loch Hourn:

From the 906m top, I headed for the summit of Beinn Sgritheall.

Broken trig point at summit of Beinn Sgritheall:

Loch Hourn islands:

From the summit of Beinn Sgritheall I returned to the 906m top and then down to the bealach Arnasdail. I then descended to Arnisdail meeting numerous walkers as I descended. One commented, “You must have started early”. Aye you're right there!


On reaching Arnisdale I walked back to Corran, part-way along the road and part along the shore.

Walk along shore back to Corran:

MWIS suggested that the weather today would improve from midday on. It actually got cloudier and hazier as the day went on, so glad I left early. More snoring tonight and option 2) is looking good :-).