This week’s walks

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

LOCHABER AND LORN RAM­BLERS

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

Satur­day Oc­to­ber 13: Cnap Cru­inn and Monessie Gorge, Glen Spean

This small hill, on the Gra­hams list, gives a grand per­spec­tive on nearby Mun­ros in the Grey Cor­ries and the Ea­sains.

Start at the end of the pub­lic road at Fer­sit, NN349781, where park­ing is avail­able. Fol­low the dis­man­tled tramway N then SW to a dam on the Allt Làire. Cross the dam and fol­low the river up­stream on its W bank un­til past the plan­ta­tion, then head NW to the sum­mit of Cnap Cru­inn, 742m. Con­tinue NW with lit­tle change in height to Beinn Ch­lianaig, 724m. Con­tinue NW for 350m to the edge of the sum­mit plateau. De­scend N, cross­ing the 261m Par­al­lel Road and the tramway to reach Monessie. Fol­low the track, then foot­path to cross the Monessie Gorge on the sus­pen­sion bridge. Turn E along­side the rail­way for 250m to a bridge to reach the A86. Trans­port re­quired. Limited off-road park­ing is avail­able in this vicin­ity. More park­ing avail­able at the Cille Choir­ill Church CP NN306812.

Grade: M; dis­tance: 12km; height to climb: 560m; map(s): LR41, EX392. Meet at Fort William WM at 9am for start of walk at 9.45am. Leader: Rick Atkin­son 07587 549731.

Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 18: Tigh an Truish to El­len­abe­ich, Isle of Seil

Part of one of Cameron McNeish’s “Routes Less Trav­elled”. Good views of rugged coast­lines, land- and seascapes. Sites of an­tiq­uity to be found. Much of the route is on or near the seashore.

Start at the CP op­po­site the Tigh an Truish (House of Trousers), NM784196. Fol­low the foot­path NW to the shore at the head of the Puil­ladobhrain An­chor­age. Fol­low the coast­line SW along the foot of some rocky es­carp­ments to Ca­mus­laich. Con­tinue S on the track. Traces of a Dun may be found atop the es­carp­ment at NM771186. On reach­ing the mi­nor road turn sharply NW and fol­low it un­til just past the foot of Loch Caith­lim at the NTL. Leave the road and fol­low the shore of the nar­row gut to reach the re­mains of Ard­fad Cas­tle at NM768195, once the seat of the Mac­dougalls of Ar­den­caple. Re­turn to the track that fol­lows the shore­line NW, pass­ing two dis­used quar­ries. Aban­don the track and head SSW over rough ground up to Druim Buidhe. Veer to­wards the coast as height is gained for views W across the Firth of Lorn, aim­ing for the foot of the prom­i­nent hill of Dun Mor on the head­land above the vil­lage of El­len­abe­ich. The as­cent of Dun Mor is by a steep, nar­row, ex­posed ridge and is op­tional. De­scend by path or track to El­len­abe­ich VH CP. Trans­port Re­quired

Grade: L; dis­tance: 10km; Height to climb: 250m; map(s): LR55, EX359. Meet at: Longs­dale CP, Oban, at 9.45am, for start of walk at 10.30am. Leader: An­drew Gil­bert 07808 924722.

NE­VIS HILL­WALK­ING CLUB

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

Sun­day Oc­to­ber 14:

Meall nan Tar­ma­chan, Meall Garbh and Beinn nan Eachan

From the car park head S along a track for about 300m be­fore head­ing SE up the hill­side to a 774m top.

From here head S along the ridge to the sum­mit of Creag an Lochain at 842m. Drop to a col be­fore head­ing S up the ridge to the sum­mit of Meall nan Tar­ma­chan. Head SW to the 1026m munro top of Meall Garbh. Turn WNW and then SW along the ridge to the 1000m munro top of Beinn nan Eachan.

Re­turn 300m along the ridge be­fore head­ing NNW down the ridge of Beinn a’ Bhuic. The ridge then turns N over Meall Glas at 829m and then NE to Creag nam Bothan at 790m. Ei­ther head down E to de­scend to the track back to the start point or head N to the 694m top and de­scend the hill­side E back to the start point. The first al­ter­na­tive may be bet­ter if there is much wa­ter in the river. (11km, 850m as­cent).

Sug­gested and co­or­di­nated by Kate Willis.

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