We initially walked through the garden of Lochmore Lodge to gain access to the path at the back of the lodge.
After passing through a gate we followed a good track leading towards Ben Dreavie.
Track behind Lochmore Lodge:
However, it wasn’t long before the good track became a really awful track - the track is badly churned-up due to tree felling in the area.
Walking along the muddy track was hard work - over 1km of the track is now a complete mess. However, ignoring the messy track, the views across to Arkle, Foinaven, etc. were quite superb
View across to Arkle and Foinaven:
View across to Ben Screavie and Beinn Liath Coire Mhic Dhughaill:
We eventually reached a track junction, not marked on the map, where a very wide good quality track now ascends from the A838 over the top of the hill. Electricity and fibre-optic cables are being laid underground from the A838 over the hill.
Vehicle ascending track:
Ben Dreavie is quite close to the excellent Ben Stack.
Ben Stack and Arkle:
At the next track junction we took a right turn to follow a grassy track leading to the summit of Ben Dreavie.
Ascent towards Ben Dreavie from track junction:
Ben Stack and Arkle:
Track leading to summit:
I found the summit of Ben Dreavie really interesting. The summit area is fairly flat Torridonian sandstone with lots of small conglomerate pebbles stuck in the rock. It almost looks mad-made.
View from summit area:
Flat summit area:
We visited both the summit cairn and another nearby cairn before returning back towards the car.
Graeme and Penny TWD at the summit:
On reaching the second track junction we decided to take the good track, not marked on the map, leading down to the A838. Several vehicles passed us while on the track.
A large area of forest has been felled on the side of this hill. Most of the logs seem to be piled-up waiting to be transported off the hill.
Logs, logs and more logs:
We got back to the car by 12:30 which was far too early to return to the hostel so I had a quick look at the map for another nearby Sub2000ft Marilyn.
We then made our way round to Badcall, on the Kinlochbervie road, for an ascent of An Socach.
Hill: An Socach
Date: Saturday 3rd November 2012
Company: Myself, Graeme and Penny TWD