A Munro is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 ft (914.4 m). Munros are named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet (1856–1919), who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munros Tables, in 1891
So far, I’ve only climbed one Munro, Beinn Eighe, in 2011 the last time I was in the highlands. I stayed here for two weeks with my parents and we spent the first week working up to it and then waiting for a suitable day. This time, I’ve been here about 24 hours and while casually flicking through the walking book, thought ‘that looks nice…’. As mentioned, we spent our first day here poddling around Gairloch probably covering a couple of miles on the relative flat. This walk is only 6 and a half miles but according to the book it’ll take 6 hours. I believe the word ‘strenuous’ was used in its description but when coupled with the words ‘delightful’ and ‘rewarding’ we can ignore that. After all, it’s Lee’s birthday and the beginning of our holiday, what better day to cripple yourself on??
So we drove a fairly long way from were we staying towards Loch Torridon and parked near at the bottom of Beinn Alligin. Crossing the road the path begins on the left hand side of the bridge and then climbs progressively to the peak ahead. Although in the picture the mountain is to the left, not the one visible straight ahead.
Onwards and upwards…
The path continues straight ahead in the slight valley between these two peaks following a river.
The view back down about half way up the first of the munros named Tom na Gruagaich, 922m.
A small breather just before the top
We passed some people going down, who help to give you an idea of scale here.
Approaching the cairn on the summit.
And then The View.
The picture shows the route ahead, the path continues over the ridge to the farthest high point, a second munro named Sgurr Mhor, 985m.
From the bottom of the ridge, the final climb ahead.
Nearly at the top you suddenly come across this dramatic view through a cleft in the mountain.
And even more nearly at the top of Sgurr Mhor.
Views from the summit, the panorama is too large for the panorama setting on my camera and to be honest, does not do it the justice it deserves.
Down from Sgurr Mhor the path continues over ‘THe Horns’ or it is possible to take path on side of the mountain that follows the slopes without going over each peak which we decided would be sensible.
Now having crossed The Horns we have to our final descent into the valley below down a near vertical rock face.
It’s hard to depict how steep the path gets here and the size of rocks you’re trying to get round. If you look towards the top left of the mountain in this picture and zoom in a bit you’ll see two people in orange jackets who were walking behind us, it’s quite a large rock face!
Maintaining the good old tradition of adding to the cairn. Bizarre face optional.
Back to the valley floor, the path now follows the river back to the car park with lovely views back up the horseshoe of mountains you’ve just covered.
A nice picture that neatly shows the first summit of Tom na Gruagaich on the left, followed by Sgurr Mhor in the middle where it is possible to see the split in the mountain, and then finally The Horns on the right.
I must say we timed it perfectly, the walk took us exactly the 6 hours it was supposed to and we arrive back just as the sun started to disappear behind the mountains.
We even had a lovely view of some deer on the drive back home.