THIS WEEK’S WALKS
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