Hills: Sgorr Ruadh
Date: Sunday 11th November 2018
Company: Myself and Ann-Marie
Distance: 15.9km, Ascent: 1025m
Time: 5Hrs 45Mins
On Sunday morning we drove from our weekend base at
Torridon round to Achnashellach for an ascent of Sgorr Ruadh.
only once previously walked the track leading towards Coire Lair during my
ascent of Fuar Tholl. All previous ascents of Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath
Mhor I had undertaken from the the Beinn Eighe car park, near Torridon.
Sue had left the hostel circa 45 minutes before ourselves so I wondered
if we could possibly catch up with Sue during the walk if we walked at a
From Achnashellach we passed the red telephone box and followed the
track leading to the level crossing.
Crossing the railway line:
Beyond the level crossing we followed the track leading towards Coire Lair
and Fuar Tholl. During the walk-in, I stopped to take several photos of Fuar
Tholl, a fantastic Corbett.
Heading towards Fuar Tholl:
reaching the track junction we took the track leading down to the River Lair
which we crossed using a number of stepping stones before continuing on
towards Fuar Tholl.
the outset it was a fantastic day providing excellent views of surrounding
Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor:
was nice to see neighbouring Beinn Liath Mhor which we had ascended the day
previous from Torridon-side. Had we planned our walks a little more in
advance we should have left a car in Torridon and a car at Achnashellach for
a traverse of both hills. Regardless, it was nice to do the two Munros on
two separate days from two different starting points.
Tholl is a very rocky mountain. It is a Corbett I will definitely repeat
some time in the future - one of my top 50 Scottish hills.
Mainreachan Buttress on Fuar Tholl:
reaching the col between Fuar Tholl and Sgorr Ruadh we skirted round several
lochans, following traces of path, to reach the base of Sgorr Ruadh. We
could see Sue ascending Sgorr Ruadh perhaps now only fifteen minutes ahead
of ourselves. I decided to take a more westerly line up Sgorr Ruadh to avoid
as much rock as possible and make use of a couple of grassy lines.
Skirting round the lochans between Fuar Tholl and Sgorr Ruadh:
Ascending Sgorr Ruadh:
11:00 on 11th of November I stopped to take a photo looking back to Fuar
Tholl and spend a couple of minutes in silence for Remembrance Day.
Looking back to Fuar Tholl:
then cracked-on up the hill to catch Sue with increasingly fantastic views
as more and more height was gained.
towards Loch Carron and An Ruadh-Stac:
approaching the summit I caught up with Sue and it was nice to spend the
summit together having a bite to eat and taking photos and a short
videoclip. Sgorr Ruadh is an outstanding viewpoint. In my view it is one of
the best viewpoints out of all the Munros! Worth keeping this one for a good
Ruadh-Stac and Maol Chean-dearg from the summit of Sgorr Ruadh:
Beinn Damh, Loch Torridon and Beinn Alligin from the summit of Sgorr Ruadh:
Beinn Alligin, Liathach, Beinn Eighe and Beinn Liath Mhor from the summit of
the summit of Sgorr Ruadh:
On leaving the summit we said our goodbyes as Sue was undertaking a circuit
while we were just doing an out and back route. We returned to the car via
the same route but I slowed down considerably on passing Fuar Tholl as I was
getting some foot pain thanks to wearing new, not yet broken in, boots.
Loved the summit views from this hill and it was great to spend the
weekend at the WalkHighlands meet. I have neglected the North-West Highlands
(my favourite part of Scotland) too much this year owing to ticking off more
southerly Munros and Tops. In 2019, I aim to spend much more time in the