Monday, 7 November 2011


The beautiful crescent ridge between Sgorr Bhan & Sgorr Dhearg
The scramble on the North ridge of Sgorr  Bhan
The Glencoe hills from Sgorr Dhearg
The view from Sgorr Dhonhuill
The long weekend of beautiful dry and sunny weather continued and today saw even  better conditions. Completely clear skies and warm sun after a cold night/early morning with very little wind. I had a walk around the commonly named 'Ballachulish Horseshoe' ridge above Ballachulish village. The two Munros of Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonhuill stand in wonderful isolation above Loch Leven and give superb views. The best way I like to do the walk is by using the excellent bus service from The Fort to West Laroch and ascending Sgorr Bhan's north ridge which gives some nice easy scrambling and continues onto the Munro of Sgorr Dhearg. Just as I was scrambling along the narrow ridge  6 ptarmigan took off from their perch all dressed up in  white plumage, ready for winter except there isn't any snow! This was the only living thing I saw all day (apart from ravens, sheep, deer), not a soul about on such a beautiful November day? Across to Sgorr Dhonuill and another fab view point looking across to Loch Linnhe as the sun was waning and the full moon rising. Down to South Ballachuilish and well timed for the bus home A stunning day, don't get much better than this for November, well some snow would be good.

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