After a couple of rest days on Mull
photographing White-tailed Eagles, I drove yesterday evening to Kinlochleven
for an ascent today of Binnein Beag. I have included a few of my photographs below
of these incredible, majestic birds.
Hills: Binnein Beag
Date: Friday 2nd August 2019
Company: Just myself
Distance: 16.8km, Ascent: 1430m
Time: 7Hrs 20Mins
I set off walking at 05:10 this morning from the Ice Factor. From the
outset, the midge were horrendous as there was not a breath of wind; the
midge net was on from start to summit.
The Ice Factor:
The walk-up from Kinlochleven through the trees was familiar as this
was the third time I have walked this track within the past year. The views
looking back towards Loch Leven are normally fairly special but this morning
they were nothing special. Hopefully that would improve during the walk out.
Looking back to Loch Leven:
reaching the track junction, I took the track which skirts round Sgurr Eilde
Beag and then leads out towards Binnein Beag.
Looking down to Loch Eilde
During the walk towards the hill, I decided to stop and count 30 seconds to
see how many midge landed on my hand during that time. Lovely beasties
always enjoy the view across to Sgurr Eilde Mor with its lovely neighbouring
lochans. Despite the cloud this morning, the view was still nice.
Sgurr Eilde Mor:
then arrived at the section of walk which I was not looking
forward to. To get to Binnein Beag you have to lose a good bit of height
with the same during the return. Despite Binnein Beag being 943m high, the
walk involves 1430m ascent and descent.
There was lots of Bog
Aspohodel during the walk today and also some Devil's Bit Scabious in full
bloom. It will soon be autumn!
Binnein Beag and lots of Bog Asphodel:
Despite setting off so early, I was not the first today to ascend Binnein Beag.
On reaching the small lochan, I met another walker who had camped there the
night previous and who had ascended Binnein Beag very early. While
speaking with the other walker, his shirt had at least 10 midge on every
square inch of it. The joy of summer camping in Scotland; kinda why I don't
do it . Wild
camping is great but it's best done pre or post midge season.
The final ascent of Binnein Beag was steep but not difficult. There is a
path to follow up through the boulders.
Looking across to Binnein Mor
from Binnein Beag:
Binnein Mor from Binnein Beag:
reaching the summit I took a number of photos before returning via exactly
the same route back to the start.
At the summit of Binnein Beag:
Limited views from the summit of Binnein Beag:
Panorama from the summit of Binnein Beag:
Looking back to the height-loss involved in getting to/from Binnein Beag:
Looking back to Binnein Beag:
met several other walkers during the walk out who were all also heading for
Binnein Beag. They had all set off after 09:00.
During the return,
the view down towards Loch Leven had indeed improved. I love this view.
Lovely view during descent back to Kinlochleven:
Looking forward to my next walk in the Mamores which will likely be the Ring
of Steall .