Hill: Corra-bheinn
Date: Saturday 25th March 2017
Company: Just myself
Distance: 7km, Ascent: 645m
Time: 3Hrs 10Mins


On looking out the window this morning, I decided the weather was too good to stay at home. I quickly packed a rucksack and an overnight bag and booked accommodation on Mull. I was away from home by 8.30, destination Lochaline to catch the ferry across to Fishnish on Mull.

During the journey, as well as stopping for petrol, some food and money from an ATM, I also stopped at Loch Laggan and at Loch Eil to take photos. It was an absolutely stunning day.

I arrived at Lochaline at 13:25 with only twenty minutes to wait for the next departure.

At Lochaline awaiting the ferry:


Calmac Lochaline to Fishnish ferry:


Once on Mull, I drove from Fishnish to the starting point for Corra-bheinn on the A849. I set off walking at 14:50.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

I didn't have a route in mind for Corra-bheinn. I initially followed the track marked on the OS map running alongside the Allt Teanga Brideig. The track was very wet and not great.

Corra-bheinn from A849:


Looking back towards car and across to Ben Buie:


Despite the track not being great, I decided to stick to it for approximately two kilometres before taking to the trackless hillside.

On the Allt Teanga Brideig track:


On the Allt Teanga Brideig track:


There are lots of erratic boulders in the coire, deposited there during a previous ice age. The geology here is most definitely volcanic with lots of gabbro rock and slabs.

Beinn Fhada and numerous erratics:


Ascending Corra-bheinn:


Compared with the mainland, especially Lochaber, there was virtually no snow on the hills on Mull. Even Ben More had hardly any snow.

Ben More and A'Chioch coming into view:


Looking towards Cruachan Dearg:


Loch Scridain:


My route of ascent was initially through lots of flattened long, dry grass. As I gained height, I had to make my around various small gabbro outcrops.

Ben More, A'Chioch and Beinn Fhada:


Corra-bheinn:


I didn't realise until writing this report that neighbouring Cruachan Dearg and Corra-bheinn are both 704m. The exact heights have however been measured with accurate GPS confirming that Corra-bheinn is the highest at 704.9m.

Looking across to Cruachan Dearg during ascent of Corra-bheinn:


Ascent towards the summit of Corra-bheinn:


Approaching the summit of Corra-bheinn:


On reaching the summit I spent around five to ten minutes taking photographs. It was a lovely day with wonderful views. The Paps of Jura also looked devoid of snow.

At the summit of Corra-bheinn looking towards the Paps of Jura:


View towards Jura:


View from summit of Corra-bheinn:


On looking North, I initially thought I was seeing Rum, Skye and Raasay. However, the flat-topped hill looks too high to be Dun Caan. I think it is Beinn Sgritheal on the mainland.

Looking towards the Ardnamurchan peninsula with Rum, Skye and Beinn Sgritheall beyond:


Instead of returning via the same route, I made my way towards the col between Corra-bheinn and Cruachan Dearg before following a grassy line back down to the Allt Teanga Brideig track. This avoided pretty-much all of the gabbro outcrops.

Looking back towards summit of Corra-bheinn:


On reaching the Allt Teanga Brideig track, I followed it back out to the car, arriving back at the car at 18:00.

Looking back to Corra-bheinn from the Allt Teanga Brideig track:


Corra-bheinn was Graham #209, leaving me with 10 remaining. Hopefully, I will successfully ascend Creach-Beinn tomorrow leaving me with 9 remaining and completing the island Grahams.