THIS WEEK’S WALKS

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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 July 13) Sgurr an Eilean Ghi­ub­hais, Mal­laig.

A walk in wild coun­try with su­perb views of Loch Ne­vis and Knoy­dart, then a de­scent to the port of Mal­laig.

Start at Glas­nac­ar­doch where park­ing is avail­able at the start of the old Mal­laig Road at NM675955.

Fol­low a good track un­der the rail­way and E to Loch an Nostarie. Con­tinue on the path grad­u­ally up­hill, through a nar­row pass to Loch Eireago­raidh. A steady climb NE over rough ground leads to the rocky sum­mit of Sgurr an Eilean Ghi­ub­hais, 552m. De­scend SW to the wa­ter­shed, pass­ing sev­eral small lochans, then head W to gain the N ridge of Sgurr Eireago­raidh, and climb to the sum­mit, 548m. De­scend the N ridge to the 400m con­tour.

Turn WNW and de­scend grad­u­ally over rough ground to reach the track at Mal­laig­more, NM698975. Fol­low the track to the join the pub­lic road at Mal­laig Bheag and fol­low it into the town. Trans­port re­quired from CP at NM674969. For a slightly shorter circular route, turn SW and head down the slopes to a lochanLR on the Allt a’ Bhainne. Cross the burn, con­tinue SW to reach a foot­path and fol­low it W through some conifer wood­land. Aft about 800m at WP NM6881396095, fork left and head S to join the out­ward route at the shore of Loch an Nostarie.

Dis­tance: 15km, height to climb: 780m.

Meet at Fort Wil­liam Woollen Mill at 9am.

Sun­day July 16 Alt­nafeadh to Kin­lochleven, Glen Coe.

An easy climb to quite a high al­ti­tude. Great views and good paths and tracks through­out. Head north up the WHW.

The path zigzags up the Devil’s Stair­case to a col at 550m, with a large cairn and good views of the Mamores, Ran­noch Moor and Buachaille Etive Mòr. Con­tinue north­wards, de­scend­ing the old mil­i­tary road to the top of the pipe­lines and fol­low the track down to Kin­lochleven.

Trans­port re­quired at end of walk at The Ice Fac­tor NN187619. Bus ser­vice to Glen­coe Vil­lage, dep 4.05pm.

Trans­port re­quired to re­trieve cars from start.

Dis­tance: 9km, height to climb: 250m.

Meet at Glen­coe Vil­lage car park at 9.40am.

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 July 15 Sgurr nan Gil­lean, Skye

This 964m Munro is known as the ‘peak of the gul­lies’, or pos­si­bly the ‘peak of the young men’.

The ‘tourist’ route starts from the park­ing near the Sli­gachan Ho­tel. Fol­low the path which leads to and crosses the Allt Dearg Mor. Con­tinue south along the path and cross the bridge over the Allt Dearg Beag.

The well- de­fined and cairned path heads for Coire Ri­ab­hach, tra­verses be­low Pin­na­cle ridge, then up over scree and boul­ders to reach the SE ridge of Sgurr nan Gil­lean. This ridge pro­vides a good scram­ble to the sum­mit. Re­turn by the same route.

Dis­tance: 12km, height to climb: 950m.

Sug­gested by Gavin Theobald; co- or­di­nated by Suzanne Theobald. P r e s s R e a d e r. c o m

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