Hills: Seana Bhraigh
Date: Saturday 1st December 2018
Company: Myself and Ann-Marie
Distance: 27.6km, Ascent: 1055m
Time: 8Hrs 40Mins
On Saturday morning we set off nice and early for an ascent of Seana
Braigh, arriving at the starting point circa two hours before sunrise.
Please be aware that the track from Oykel Bridge to Duag Bridge has numerous
large potholes. Thanks to Ann-Marie for driving.
season, from July to February, it is not permissable to drive as far as the
walker's car park at Corriemulzie Lodge. There is a locked gate circa 800m
before Duag Bridge. On arrival at the locked gate we got suited and booted,
put on our headtorches and commenced the long walk through Strath Mulzie
towards Seana Bhraigh.
After ten minutes walking we reached the Old Schoolhouse Bothy at Duag
Bridge. We popped inside for a quick look around before continuing on our
Old Schoolhouse bothy, Duag Bridge:
Inside the Old Schoolhouse Bothy:
As we progressed along the track towards Corriemulzie Lodge we were
impressed with the brightness of Venus and the vast number of stars visible
Walking along the track towards Corriemulzie Lodge:
By the time we reached Corriemulzie Lodge we could see the sky starting to
get lighter. There was now sufficient light to continue walking without use
First signs of daylight on arrival at Corriemulzie
Before long we got our first views of Seana Bhraigh and the very impressive
pinnacle top of Creag an Duine.
View towards Seana Bhraigh:
It was nice to walk alongside the Corriemulzie River. We had to cross
several burns as we made our way along the track. All of the crossings were
straight-forward except for the final one.
Looking towards Seana
On reaching the final burn, we were overtaken by a cyclist who was working
his way through his final 37 Munros with a view to completing on Slioch in
May 2019 - quite an impressive target given he lives in Cheshire.
managed to get across the final burn with only one wet foot. On reaching the
other side and progressing a short distance further along the track, we
spotted a bridge over the burn we had just crossed around 100m upstream. We
would use this bridge during the walk out!
About to leave the main
We left the main track shortly before the main river crossing and then left
the next track at a cairn marking the route uphill. The terrain beyond was
Creag na Duine (zoom):
We stopped briefly during the ascent for a drink and bite to eat.
Looking back along Strath Mulzie:
Ascending the lower slopes of Seana Bhraigh:
enjoyed seeing Loch a' Choire Mhoire again and also Magoo's Bothy next to
the loch. I slept overnight in Magoo's Bothy on 26th December 2003.
Loch a' Choire Mhoire:
We crossed the snowline at around 550m and soon thereafter reached the flat
section at around 620m. The track seemed to continue on and lose height, we
therefore abandoned the track and made our way up the hillside.
the flat section around 620m:
Only two weeks previous I ascended nearby Beinn Dearg from which I got fine
views of the hills of Coigach and Assynt. The views from Seana Bhraigh were
even better as it is a few miles closer to these wonderful hills.
View towards the hills of Coigach and Assynt:
Coigach and Assynt hills (zoom):
The final ascent was steeper with lots of rocks. I picked out a route
avoiding as much of the rocks as possible. The skies overhead were unusual.
At one point we managed to get real close to a mountain hare but alas the
zoom capability of my iPhone was sadly lacking. On seeing the hare, I
regretted not carrying my DSLR.
During the ascent of this section I
could see a bank of fog rolling in so it was a rush to get to the summit to
get any kind of view.
Interesting skies during final ascent:
We stayed well back from the edge as it was fairly windy up top.
Approaching the summit of Seana Bhraigh:
On reaching the summit I managed to take a few quick photos before being
engulfed in fog. Our timing was really unfortunate and I was wishing we had
left even earlier. This was my 200th Munro of Round 2.
At the summit
of Seana Bhraigh:
Ann-Marie approaching the summit:
At the summit of Seana Bhraigh:
Alas the fog persisted while we were at the summit and it was just bloody
typical that the fog cleared around twenty minutes after starting our
Again admiring the view towards the hills of Coigach and Assynt:
We took our time during the descent and long walk out as we had ample
daylight remaining thanks to our early start. We again stopped for some more
food and drink during the descent.
Looking back to Seana Bhraigh:
Looking back to Seana Bhraigh:
Looking back to Creag an Duine:
On reaching the main track we still had 10km to walk to get back to the car
and the best views were now behind us.
According to the forecasts I
had reviewed in advance of setting off, rain was forecast from 1.00pm
onwards. This rain did not materialise and the weather actually got better
and better as the day progressed.
Looking back to Creag an Duine
during long walk out:
Looking back to Seana Bhraigh during the long walk out:
Back at the Old Schoolhouse Bothy shortly before sunset:
It was good to eventually reach the car and get the boots off. A great day
out on a fantastic hill. Looking forward to a few more long walks this