Thursday 29 March
Cooler and clearer today after rain.
Julie and I took bikes from Black Bridge to Lubachlaggan
then walked up Beinn a' Chaisteil, a Corbett, whilst Pam and Paul enjoyed Cul
Beag, and Andrew, Dave and Barry had a good day on a Graham - Beinn an Eoin. The
latter found that hill a real challenge.
We spent the day under the cloud level - ideal for Corbetteering
as all Munros were in clag.
Julie was quicker today, both cycling and walking, so I
didn't have any long waits. The cycle in to Lubachlaggan was against the wind
along a mainly tarmac track with a significant hill before the descent to Loch
Vaich. We passed a busy but jolly farmer, and lots of very clean sheep and highland
Half an hour from Ullapool to Black
Bridge - plenty of space
to park, but also plenty of gooey black sludge. The bike ride from 9:45 to 10:45
got five miles under our belts with ease.
After a 15 minute break, we started up a faint stalkers path
- fairly easy going even when we left that at 500 metres or so to head directly
towards the summit, reached at 12:15. Very barren and dry up here.
Good views until the cloud came in.
We then allowed ourselves to be blown in 45 minutes from Beinn
a' Chaisteil to the southern peak, Meall a' Ghrianain. Quite windy here - my Rab
vapour rise jacket proved excellent.
A mountain hare passed just in front of us.
A steep and sometimes boggy/tussocky descent got us quickly
back down to the old farm at Lubachlaggan, and a lovely cycle ride out with the
wind behind us, though a stone did rip the wall of my new rear tyre!
Bridge 9:45; Lubachlaggan
10:45 to 11:00; summit 12:15 - 30; second summit 13.15; Lubachlaggan 14:05 -
20; Black Bridge 15:00.
route - 25 km with 950 metres ascent, taking 5¼ hours (including 16 km on bikes, taking 1¾ hours)
to finish off our veg, with some rather old salmon steaks from the butcher, who
wasn't really interested. Very disappointing - all the good stuff goes to Europe, leaving the locals with rubbish. Pam and Paul
joined us for another jolly evening.
Martin Scoular, who had been going to join us, texted to offer his apologies
for absence due to a cold.