THIS WEEK’S WALKS

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

Fri­day June 16

Easy leisurely walk – Tor­lundy Cir­cuit.

This is a cir­cu­lar route from Carrs Cor­ner down to­wards the river Lochy, fol­low­ing a track to Tom­nacharich Road con­tin­u­ing on to Tor­lundy. There is then a short walk along A82, be­fore you turn off to­wards Happy Val­ley and walk along the track be­hind In­ver­lochy Cas­tle back to Carrs Cor­ner and the start.

Meet at Ben Ne­vis High­land Cen­tre (Woollen mill) at 1pm.

The walk is ap­prox­i­mately 5 miles. Con­tact walk leader Colin Camp­bell on 07796 043836 or email: colin@lara­gain.co.uk

NE­VIS HILL­WALK­ING CLUB

Please see full walk de­tails at www.nevishill­walk­ing.club. If you would like to go out on the walk please con­tact club sec­re­tary Suzanne Theobald on 01397 701783 or email en­quiries@nevishill­walk­ing.club.

Satur­day June 17

Loch Mullar­doch hills – An So­cach (the Pro­ject­ing Place, or Snout), 1,069m, An Ri­ab­hachan (the Brindled Grey­ish One), 1,129m, Sand gurr na La­paich (Peak of the Bog), 1,150m, and Carn na Gob­har (Hill of the Goats), 992m.

Hope­fully, a boat will have been hired (see web­site for de­tails) to take you from the dam on Loch Mullar­doch to Benula Lodge.

From here, go west on a stalk­ers’ path to­wards Coire Mhaim and climb the SE ridge of An So­cach. You are now on the main range of hills be­tween Glen Strath­far­rar and Glen Can­nich.

Head east over the west and SW tops of An Ri­ab­hachan, over the sum­mit to the east top, where there is a steep rocky face above Loch Beag and Loch Mor.

Con­tinue over the col to Sgurr na La­paich and then Carn na Gob­har, the fi­nal Munro.

De­scend the south ridge over Mul­lach na Maoile to the loch side and back to the dam.

The hill­walk is 20.1km in to­tal, with a climb of 1,810m. With­out a boat means an ex­tra walk of 8.4km with 220m as­cent along the north shore of the loch on a good path. Sug­gested by Gavin Theobald, co- or­di­nated by Ken Steven­son.

Wed­nes­day June 21

Pap of Glen­coe – Sgorr na Ciche, 742m. This is an evening walk. Please see web­site for fur­ther de­tails.

Park at the for­est en­trance on the old Glen­coe Road, and fol­low it a short dis­tance SE to a gate on the left where a track leads up the hill.

Cross­ing a small bridge on the right, join a fair path that me­an­ders up the hill. This gives ac­cess to the prom­i­nent col SE of the Pap of Glen­coe.

Climb the Pap by a rocky path that tra­verses its SE flank from the lower left to up­per right. It then curves sharply up­wards to the left to reach the sum­mit.

The eas­i­est des­cent is to re­verse the up­ward route.

The walk is over 7km, with a climb of 710m. Sug­gested and co-or­di­nated by Suzanne Theobald.

LOCHABER AND LORN RAM­BLERS

The walk leader is to be con­tacted be­fore­hand for meet up and start times. Car shar­ing usu­ally pos­si­ble and you can try be­fore you buy. You can walk three times with the club be­fore join­ing. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion at www.lochaberand­lorn-ram­blers.org.uk. Lochaber and Lorn Ram­blers Group, can be con­tacted by email on info@ lochaberand­lorn-ram­blers.org.uk.

To­day (Thurs­day June 15)

Beinn Acha­l­adair and a’Chreachain, Bridge of Orchy – two fine hills over­look­ing Ran­noch Moor of­fer a splen­did high-level tra­verse into re­mote coun­try.

Start from the car park on the ap­proach road to Achal­lader Farm, NN313438.

A footpath go­ing W has de­vel­oped from here lead­ing to the track head­ing S from the farm. Fol­low this over the rail­way and con­tinue up through Coire Acha­l­adair and Coire Daingean to the col at NN340405.

Climb N up the ridge, over a small sum­mit at 1,002m (Munro top), to reach the sum­mit of Beinn Acha­l­adair, 1,038m.

The sum­mit ridge ex­tends NE to a spot height, 1,036m, above a large cor­rie to the N. Fol­low its rim down E to a col at 813m.

Climb grad­u­ally NE up over Meall Buidhe, 978m (Munro top) and con­tinue along the ridge to the rim of Coire an Lochain.

Fol­low its rim and climb E, curv­ing S to gain the sum­mit of Beinn a’ Chreachain, 1,081m.

Re­turn N to the rim of Coire an Lochain and de­scend the ridge NE, over a small sum­mit at 961m, turn­ing N to an­other at 894m.

De­scend NW to reach the Allt Coire an Lochain where it flows down the edge of Cran­nach Wood. Fol­low the burn down­hill un­til just be­fore the rail­way*, where an in­dis­tinct path may be found head­ing SW through Cran- nach Wood. Fol­low this to cross over the rail­way on the bridge at NN349454. The path con­tin­ues to the Wa­ter of Tulla, which can be fol­lowed down­stream to join the track to Achal­lader Farm at the Bar­ravourich bridge.

*(An al­ter­na­tive route passes un­der the rail­way at NN358466 and makes for the track on the far side of the Wa­ter of Tulla. How­ever, the bridge over the Wa­ter of Tulla at NN353468 was not us­able – May 2015).

This is a stren­u­ous walk of 17Km, climb­ing to 1,180m. Meet at Longs­dale car park, Oban, NM862307 at 8.50am, Glen­coe Vil­lage CP NN098587 at 9.25am. The walk starts at 10am.

The leader is Gra­ham Innes, on 01631 562290 or 07767 714503.

Sun­day June 18

Meall Bhanbhaidh – Fort Wil­liam An easy walk for this grade, with many points of in­ter­est and good views from the sum­mit of a small hill.

Start at Nep­tune’s Stair­case car park, NN112769. Head NE along the Cale­do­nian Canal tow­path on its N side.

Just be­fore the aqueduct over the Allt Shean­gain at about NN130791, turn N off the tow­path and make for the B8004.

Cross the road and head NW up Glen Lara­gain fol­low­ing the wooded S bank of the Allt Shean­gain. Once past the cor­ner of a fenced area at NN121796, fol­low a small burn W up the hill un­til the slope eases, then curve SE up to the sum­mit of Meall Bhanbhaidh.

De­scend SW to a ring con­tour, Tom Allt FineEX, 150m, then con­tinue SW down to the back streets of Cor­pach.

Walk through the vil­lage to the sea lock at the canal en­trance and fol­low the tow­path back to the start.

This is a medium walk of 11Km, climb­ing 380m. Meet at Fort Wil­liam Woollen Mill NN112742 at 10.40am, with the walk start­ing at 11am.

Leader is Colin Camp­bell on 07796 043836.

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