Hills: Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain, Sgurr Ghiubhsachain and Sgorr Craobh a'Chaorainn
Date: Friday 25th March 2011
Company: Just myself
Time: 8Hrs 20Mins


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I set off this morning to ascend Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain.
I parked in the Callop car park and started walking at 07:50.

Car park at start of walk:


I passed a couple of friendly horses en-route to the Callop cottages and was welcomed by a couple of friendly dogs at the cottages.

Callop:


After passing Callop, I continued to follow the good quality track towards the small hydro scheme.

Track leading towards small hydro scheme:


Hydro scheme:


On reaching the small hydro scheme, I left the good quality track and began making my way along the footpath leading towards Cona glen and Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain.

Hydro scheme from above:


The next few kilometres along the path were quite dull (limited views and no wildlife) and very wet underfoot!

Path leading towards Cona glen and Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain:


On reaching the end of the path, I descended wet grassy slopes towards the Cona River loop.

Meall Mor and Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain:


The river crossing was straight-forward. Cona River loop:


Once across the river, I ascended alongside a fence to the left of a small wood. Once above the wood, I ascended on the left side of a gully towards the bealach between Meall Mor and Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain.

Ascent to bealach between Meall Mor and Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain:


Looking back from slopes of Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain:


Ascent alongside gully:


On reaching the bealach, I then followed the two lines of rusty fence posts towards the summit of Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain.

Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain from bealach:


Lochan Dubh and Gleann an Lochain Duibh:


Approaching summit of Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain:


I reached the summit at 11:15.

As it was still quite early, I decided to extend the day by heading for Sgurr Ghiubhsachain and Sgorr Craobh a'Chaorainn.

View from summit of Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain:


The traverse of Druim Tarsuinn was typical of hills in this area – rough and knobbly.

Interesting stripy, contorted rocks:


Looking back to Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain from Druim Tarsuinn:


Loch Shiel from Druim Tarsuinn:


After Druim Tarsuinn, I continued to follow the rusty fence posts up Meall nan Creag Leac.

Ascent of Meall nan Creag Leac:


Looking back to Druim Tarsuinn and Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain:


Looking back to Druim Tarsuinn and Stob a'Bhealach an Sgriodain:


I visited the top of Meall nan Creag Leac to get views along Loch Shiel.

Loch Shiel from top of Meall nan Creag Leac:


Loch Shiel from top of Meall nan Creag Leac:


I then made for Sgurr Ghiubhsachain.

Ascent of Sgurr Ghiubhsachain:


Looking North from Sgurr Ghiubhsachain:


There was a strong smell of smoke on Sgurr Ghiubhsachain, The smell of burning heather was rising over 800m from the shores of Loch Shiel.

Ascending Sgurr Ghiubhsachain:


Heather burning at Loch Shiel (zoomed):


Was a bit surprised at the size of the cairn on Sgurr Ghiubhsachain – large for such a remote hill.

Large summit cairn of Sgurr Ghiubhsachain:


Next I headed for Sgorr Craobh a'Chaorainn. The descent from Sgurr Ghiubhsachain was quite rocky.

Looking back to Sgurr Ghiubhsachain:


Sgorr Craobh a'Chaorainn:


As I started the ascent of Sgorr Craobh a'Chaorainn, I met two other walkers and stopped for a brief chat.

Looking back to Sgurr Ghiubhsachain:


As I approached the top of Sgorr Craobh a'Chaorainn, I was a bit worried about ascending the rocky top. It was however much easier than expected – basically just a walk.

Rocky top of Sgorr Craobh a'Chaorainn:


Summit of Sgorr Craobh a'Chaorainn:


From the summit of Sgorr Craobh a'Chaorainn, I descended towards Meall na Cuartaige.

Descent from Sgorr Craobh a'Chaorainn towards Meall na Cuartaige:


Looking back to Sgorr Craobh a'Chaorainn:


On reaching the col between Sgorr Craobh a'Chaorainn and Meall ba Cuartaige, I then descended grassy slopes to reach the wet path that I had used earlier in the morning.

Descending to the path:


I followed this path back to Callop and out to the car park.

View North, heading back towards Callop:


I found today quite hard work, possibly the hardest walk undertaken since Beinn Dearg Mor and Beinn Dearg Bheag last June.
Great hills but shame about the quality of the path leading in to them.