15th to 17th September 2006 - Sail Mhor Croft, Dundonnell
Only 4 members attended this superb bunkhouse location for the Edinburgh September
holiday weekend. The sunny late summer weather prevailed, which meant that midges were
still about. On Saturday, Richard and myself had an excellent 10 hour day going in from
Corriehallie for A'Mhaighdean and Ruadh Stac Mor via Shenevall bothy. We decided on an
approach due south after the river crossings bounding the Strath na Sealga, tracing the
Abhainn na Gleann Muice towards Beinn Tarsuinn, with a delightful ascent beside tumbling
burns and into wild hanging corries until the summit slopes were reached. Unusually, a
couple of curious hinds standing on a rocky outcrop watched us pass by without running off.
The views from the summit of A'Mhaighdean were of course spectacular and ample compensation
for the 5 hours it took to reach the cairn. Meanwhile dedicated Graham baggers Bill B and
Eleanor both had rewarding days, with bicycle Bill reaching the remote Fisherfield tops of
Meall Mheinnidh and Beinn a'Chaisgain Bheag, and Eleanor enjoying the climb to Beinn an Eoin
On Sunday a weak front had come in, so the An Teallach traverse was a bit disappointing for
Richard and me. Bill spoke of the frustrations of Graham bagging as he cycled and walked in
along Loch a Bhraoin for distant Groban and Beinn Bheag. Apparently it was clear all the way
on approach, then the clag descended for the ascents. Eleanor wisely chose nearby Corbett Sail
Mhor before spending the afternoon at Inverewe Gardens. A bar meal in the nearby Dundonnell
hotel rounded the day off well.
On Monday the weather had changed back to summer and I enjoyed a gentle running jaunt over
Am Faochagach, with clear visibility to the peaks of the far north and the magnificent nearby
Beinn Dearg Munros.