Hill: Carn Loch nan Amhaichean
Date: Saturday 4th February 2012
Company Just myself
Distance: 17.3km, Ascent: 590m
Time: 4Hrs 15Mins
The forecast for Saturday was not good – gusts to 75mph and frequent rain/snow showers. I therefore decided to undertake an easy ascent of Carn Loch nan Amhaichean, leaving its neighbour Beinn nan Eun for another day.
I parked beside the bridge opposite the Inchbae Lodge Hotel.
Start of track along Strath Rannoch:
The walk along Srath Rannoch was pleasant – no sign of strong wind or rain/snow.
Abhainn Srath Rannoch:
Despite the track being fairly icy, I had no problem walking along in summer boots without crampons or microspikes. Meall a'Ghrianain is very prominent during the walk-in.
Icy track through Strath Rannoch:
View from Strath Rannoch:
I got my first views of Carn Loch nan Amhaichean just a few hundred metres before reaching Strathrannoch.
Carn Loch nan Amhaichean:
Strathrannoch below Meall a'Ghrianain:
On reaching Strathrannoch, I crossed the bridge over the Allt a'Choire-rainich and then followed a very icy path alongside the Allt a'Choire-rainich for circa 1km.
Ascending track alongside the Allt a'Choire-rainich:
Looking back to Strath Rannoch:
The crossing of the Allt a'Choire-rainich was probably a little harder than usual owing to ice.
Icy crossing of the Allt a'Choire-rainich:
Once across the burn, it was a pleasant straight-forward ascent up Carn Loch nan Amhaichean.
Ascending Carn Loch nan Amhaichean:
During the ascent, I made for a large erratic before continuing on up the hill.
Large erratic on Carn Loch nan Amhaichean:
On reaching a height of 650m, I reached another large erratic.
Meall a'Ghrianain and Beinn a'Chaisteil and another large erratic:
I was now feeling the strong winds that were forecast and could see some very dark clouds heading my way.
Summit cairn in distance:
I took a few photos at the summit before heading back down the hill. The summit is the smaller of the two cairns.
Two summit cairns:
The rain started as I made my way down the hill. By the time I reached the track it was really chucking it down and by the time I got back to the car I was drenched. Was nice to get back to the Aultguish Inn in plenty of time to watch rugby.