From our overnight parking spot at the Ice Factor, we crossed the bridge
over the River Leven and continued-on a short distance along the main road
before turning right at the sign advertising the Grey Mare Tail waterfall.
Beyond the small church we followed the track leading uphill towards the
waterfall and onto Loch Eilde Mor.
I last walked this track in
September 2018 for an ascent of Sgurr Eilde Mor. On that day, the views
looking back towards Kinlochleven were fairly good despite the poor weather.
On this occasion, with blue skies overhead, the views looking back were
Having ascended Stob Daimh the day previous, my legs were
feeling the strain of those efforts.
Early morning view looking back towards Loch Leven and Kinlochleven:
After circa 2.5km, we crossed the wide track which leads back towards Mamore
Lodge and the West Highland Way, continuing onwards and upwards along the
track towards Sgurr Eilde Beag and Sgurr Eilde Mor. We were soon gaining
lots of height thanks to the excellent stalker's path.
Eilde Mor from slopes of Sgurr Eilde Beag:
skirting round Sgurr Eilde Beag, it was decision time. Would we head out for
an ascent of Binnein Beag, the remotest of the Mamores, or would we ascend
Binnein Mor, the highest of the Mamores, and then continue back along the
ridge. We opted for the latter.
We therefore continued skirting round
Sgurr Eilde Beag before taking the narrow path leading up to the col
between Sgurr Eilde Beag and Binnein Mor's South Top. By the time we reached
the wide ridge, the cloud capping the Munro tops had dissipated
the ridge between Sgurr Eilde Beag and Binnein Mor (South Top):
onto the wide ridge, we were treated to fantastic views looking across to the hills
of the Black Mount and Glen Coe. Buachaille Etive Mor and the Aonach Eagach
ridge looked especially nice.
From the col it didn't take long to reach Binnein Mor's South Top. On
reaching the South Top, as well as getting great views of the Glen Coe hills
to the south, we were also treated to great views of Ben Nevis and Carn Mor
Dearg to the north. Nearby Sgurr Eilde Mor also looked particularly
Sgurr Eilde Mor from the summit of Binnein Mor (South Top):
Looking towards Binnein Mor from Binnein Mor (South Top):
Wisps of mist hitting the ridge:
After having a drink and applying more sunscreen, we made our way along the
ridge from Binnein Mor's South Top towards the summit.
Heading out to Binnein Mor:
Nevis from Binnein Mor's ridge:
last ascended Binnein Mor in 2003. It was great to be back on this fine
Myself on Binnein Mor's ridge back in August 2003:
On reaching the fairly small summit, we stopped briefly to take a few
photographs before continuing back to the South Top.
Ann-Marie at the summit of Binnein Mor:
the summit of Binnein Mor, Binnein Beag looks real small. In 2003, I
ascended Na Gruagaichean, Binnein Mor, Binnein Beag then went on to also
ascend Sgurr Eilde Mor. On this occasion, with a number of additional years
of age under my belt, I was content to ascend Binnein Mor and Na
from the summit of Binnein Mor:
the South Top of Binnein Mor, the ridge leading out to Na Gruagaichean
looked narrow and rocky. However, once onto the ridge it posed no
A path winds its way up through most of the stones on Na Gruagaichean.
Ascending Na Gruagaichean:
reaching the summit of Na Gruagaichean we stopped for a while to take in the
Sadly, the day subsequent to our ascent of Na Gruagaichean, a
party of seven walkers from the Linlithgow Ramblers were struck by lightning
on this hill, killing one and injuring another. RIP.
from the summit of Na Gruagaichean:
Looking back to Binnein Mor from Na Gruagaichean:
From the summit of Na Gruagaichean we made our way along its SSE ridge to a
cairn and subsequent viewpoint cairn providing stupendous views down to
Kinlochleven and along Loch Leven. What a viewpoint!
Cracking view from viewpoint cairn on Na Gruagaichean:
The descent was fairly steep in places and it was with some relief that we
eventually reached the excellent track leading towards Mamore Lodge.
However, on reaching the excellent track we decided instead to take a poorer
quality path leading back more directly to our starting point. In hindsight,
I think it would have been a more pleasant end to the walk to continue along
to Mamore Lodge.
During the walk back we took a small diversion to
see the Grey Mare Tail waterfall.
Shortly after getting back it began
to rain. Always good to check the weather forecast and set off early if
necessary to get the best of the weather. A good day out on the hill.