Sunday, 26 July 2015


Looking west from Luinne Bheinn to Ladhar Bheinn & Loch Hourn
Louis & Kath on the final slopes up to Luinne Bhein
Barrisdle Bay & Loch Hourn
Approaching Meall Buidhe
Another fine mountain, Beinn Aden
Fine views out to Rum
Another big day out in Knoydart for Kath & Louis. The two Munros of Meall Buidhe & Luinne Bheinn give fine ridge walking in another remote setting. Rugged grassy and rocky ridges throughout the day with many wee knolls to go over. It's another 10 hour plus day from Inverie. We only saw two other folk all day, going in the opposite direction. The fine weather at the start of the day slowly deteriorated but the cloud was above the tops and fine views. We stayed dry until only the final hour on the long walk out from the Mam Barrisdale.

Saturday, 25 July 2015


Loch Hourn & Beinn Sgritheall from the summit of Ladhar Bheinn
Louis enjoying the finne ridge walking on Ladhar Bheinn
Fabulous light along the ridges
Coire Dhorracail

Fine ridge walking
Great views out to the Small Isles of Rum & Eigg on the descent
Summit ridge
Atmosphric cloud on the summit area
The odd rock step along the ridge with the very fine Coire Dhorcaill
The descent in early evening light

Ladhar Bheinn ranks high in my top 10 of finest Scottish hills. Big, deep corries, wonderful ridge walking, remoteness, stunning sea & loch views are just some of the criteria that 'does it for me'. We saved the best hill of the week for the best weather of the week and we weren't disappointed. There was morning cloud but this blew away and by the time we were on the main ridge we were treated to wonderful views. It's at least a 10 hour day from Inverie if you do the best route on the mountain, the circuit of Coire Dhorcaill (THE way!) but worth every minute. Late afternoon saw us on the top and stunning views everywhere. With wonderful cloud formations to give even more spectacular and atmospheric conditions. The cooler airflow gave great clarity and the cloud coming and going made it very special. Glorious warm weather on the long walk out with a beautiful evening back at Inverie. Apparently there was a drop or two of rain down south this weekend :)

Friday, 24 July 2015


Kath on the slabs up to Beinn na Caillich's summit
Ladhar Bheinn a great backdrop to todays hill
Summit views to Kintail & Loch Hourn
Ladhar Bheinn in the sun
Every hill on Knoydart give stupendous views of mountain, loch & sea and the most westerly Corbett of Beinn na Caillich is without exception. There are not many short hill days on the peninsula but with excellent paths and tracks this great wee summit is easy gained in 4 hours. From the top you get teasing glimpses of Ladhar Bheinn's finest coire, Coire Dhorcaill. Grand views to Loch Hourn too. Another day of NO rain and nice sunny spells.

Thursday, 23 July 2015


Kath and Louis on the fine ridge up to Sgurr Coire Choinneachean

Looking over to Beinn Buidhe from near the summit

Inverie & Loch Nevis

Atmospheric final slopes

Rather high bracken on the lower slopes, there is a path here, honest!
A weeks work on the wonderfully remote Knoydart peninsula. Regular clients Kath and Louis back for some more Munro bagging and a week in the area is a good spell to appreciate this special place. We kicked off with an easy but spectacular hill and the closet to the capital of  Knoydart, Inverie. Sgurr coire Coinnachean is a fine Corbett with stunning views over Loch Nevis The final summt ridge being narrow and spectacular views down to Loch Nevis. The cooler, windy conditions were very welcome to keep away the dreaded midge. We had fine sunny spells and only a 10 minute shower. With an golden eagle only metres away from us on the descent to top a top day.

Sunday, 19 July 2015


Lovely scrambling and deserted
Fiacaill Ridge, cleared by afternoon
Atmospheric clouds over Coire an Lochain
Sunshine on top
More blocky scrambling
Cairn Gorm
Coire an t-sneachda
A very green Coire Domhain
Heath spotted orchid
Afternoon light
Ben Macdui
Back home from the intense heat and a nice afternoon out in The Cairngorms where the air was much cooler and very pleasant. We had a leisurely start to avoid the morning rain. By mid afternoon the skies were clearing but lots of wonderful atmospheric clouds. Fiacaill Ridge was deserted as usual and we had the place to ourselves. With sunshine on the plateau by late afternoon it was glorious. The Scottish mountains on a day like today ate equally as spectacular as The Alps! Next stop, Knoydart for a weeks work. :)

Friday, 17 July 2015


Final dsy of this TMB and the easiest dsy on the trek. With only 10km and a mere 900m of climbing, its only around a 5 he day. Well done to yet another group coping well in the unusually high temperatures. Since 27 June I haven't experienced a single drop of rain on the hill. I have wore just T-shirt and shorts the entire time and not pulled anything warm or waterproof out of my pack. How unusual is that? Back home and it may well be a wee bit cooler and a possibility of the occasional bit of rain.

Thursday, 16 July 2015


Penultimate dsy on the TMB with an 'easier day' on The Bovine route. For me this is the least interesting day on the trek around Mont Blanc but it was a welcome relief to be in the trees and shade for much of the dsy. The lack of mountain views was compensated by some lovely wildlife in the treecover, including Nutcracker & Red Squirral. Of course the name of the route comes from the numerous beards of specific cattle, The Herens Cow.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


Another top day with wonderful Alpine scenery. From the Bonatti Refuge to the Grand Col Ferret you have more wonderful views of the Grand Jorasses. Hot sun again. When will it end? Once again my group have been treated to fabulous weather, how lucky.