Hills: Leaba Bhruic and Beinn Tharsuinn
Date: Friday 30th September 2016
Company: Myself and Joanne
Distance: 22.8km, Ascent: 935m
Time: 8Hrs 15Mins

On Friday morning, it had been our intention to ascend Ben Nevis. However, as the MWIS forecast for the North-West Highlands was significantly better than the forecast for the West Highlands, we abandoned plans for the Ben in favour of ascending Beinn Tharsuinn instead.

For our ascent of Ben Tharsuinn, we drove to Strathcarron parking near the entrance to Glencalvie Lodge. After getting suited and booted we set off walking.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

A few minutes after setting off, we passed an amazing treehouse. Joanne now wants one .

Treehouse near Glencalvie Lodge:

A short distance beyond the treehouse, we arrived at Glencalvie Lodge. This is a really nice estate with a good variety of trees in the gardens.

Glencalvie Lodge gardens:

Just beyond the lodge, Joanne spotted a small Red Squirrel in one of the trees. We stood and watched the squirrel for a few minutes and I attempted to photograph it.

Red Squirrel on tree near Glencalvie Lodge:

Literally only one or two minutes later, Joanne spotted more wildlife, a Red Deer hind. On seeing the hind, I expected it to run off or at least stay still. To my surprise, it started walking towards us. Apparently, the hind is called Honey. Honey was hand-reared by the stalker.

Joanne petting a friendly Red Deer hind:

Seeing the treehouse, Red Squirrel and Red Deer hind within ten minutes of setting off walking really made our day.

Red Deer hind:

Red Deer hind:

On continuing along the Glen Calvie track, which I last walked to ascend Carn Chuinneag, we saw countless pheasants and my wildlife sighting of the day which was a .................... caterpillar!

On reaching the first bridge over the Water of Glencalvie, we crossed the bridge and then made our way up trackless ground towards a six-foot deer fence.

Joanne on bridge over the Water of Glencalvie:

Looking along the Abhainn Coire a' Mhalagain:

We followed the deer fence towards the Diebidale Ridge and on reaching the vehicle track leading to Diebidale Lodge we had a short break for a bite to eat.

Diebidale Lodge:

We then took to the hillside and soon picked up a vehicle track heading up and along the Diebidale Ridge.

Ascent towards Mullach Creag Riaraidh:

The ascent was bit wet and slippery in places due to all the recent rain.

Ascent towards Mullach Creag Riaraidh:

Once onto the wide level ridge, we followed the track leading towards Leaba Bhruic, a Graham-top of Beinn Tharsuinn.

On the wide ridge leading to Leaba Bhruic:

The terrain leading to Leaba Bhreac was excellent; nice short grass and lichen.

Joanne on the wide ridge:

Thanks to the vehicle track and excellent terrain it didn't take long to reach the summit of Leaba Bhruic. As well as being a Graham-top, Leaba Bhruic is also a HuMP.

At the summit of Leaba Bhruic:

Beinn Tharsuinn still looked a fair distance off and between us and Beinn Tharsuinn lay countless peat hags. Having previously read Squiz's excellent report of this hill on the Scottish Hills website I knew to keep to the right to avoid most of the hags.

Beinn Tharsuinn from Leaba Bhruic:

Looking back to the multitude of peat hags on Leaba Bhruic:

After negotiating a number of peat hags we reached the col between Leaba Bhruic and Beinn Tharsuinn and commenced our ascent of Beinn Tharsuinn, picking out a grassy route between the various bands of rock.

Joanne ascending Beinn Tharsuinn:

I was really pleased to reach the summit of Beinn Tharsuinn, my final Graham to the north of the A835 road. Only twenty-one Grahams now remaining should I ever decide to complete them!

Summit of Beinn Tharsuinn:

Joanne approaching the summit of Beinn Tharsuinn:

We spent a bit of time at the summit admiring the surrounding views.

View from the summit of Beinn Tharsuinn:

View from the summit of Beinn Tharsuinn:

Myself and Joanne at the summit of Beinn Tharsuinn:

After taking a number of photos and having a bite to eat and a drink, we started the long walk back to the car.

Looking back to Beinn Tharsuinn:

Looking towards Carn Salachaidh and Carn Chuinneag:

During the return walk, we stopped briefly to look at Suilven and Canisp, two great hills in Inverpolly (Assynt).

Suilven and Canisp in the distance:

On the return, we visited Diebidale Lodge. From the lodge, we made our way down to a second bridge over the Water of Glencalvie. If doing this hill, I would recommend using this second bridge both in ascent and descent.

Joanne on the bridge over the Water of Glencalvie:

During the walk out, we again spotted numerous pheasants and also more Red Squirrels on other trees.

Water of Glencalvie:

Red Squirrel on tree near Glencalvie Lodge:

I really enjoyed this walk. As far as Grahams go, this one is not bad at all. The wildlife sightings were a great bonus!