Torridon (Apr 2012)

21-22 April 2012

A double booking in Ling Hut left us without convenient accommodation so we feared the weekend might be cancelled. Rather than be defeated we opted for the open bothy at Craig which turned out to be a comfortable place in a beautiful setting. The sky was clear for the night-time walk-in and the path is gentle so carrying the logs and loads was easy, even without moonlight. The hour passed quickly with no wrong turns until we arrived at the bothy to find some high Polish and Russians. They took themselves to bed (yes it has beds!) and after a wee night cap we turned in ourselves. Up early the next morning we walked back out and spread ourselves over the local hills, summiting the two Munros of Liathach, the two Munros of Beinn Eighe, and the Corbett Baosbheinn. The weather forecast had been dismal but it turned out to be fine with high cloud, sunny spells and the a wee shower arriving over the Loch as we supped our post-walk pints in the local establishment.

Ambling back to the bothy we met the Poles on their way out so had the place to ourselves that evening. A fine four-course meal was whipped up including highland brie and oatcakes, a superb steak dinner served with buckets of red wine, puddings, and all in front of a roaring fire.

Sunday saw a lightly later start as we had to pack up before walking back out of the bothy. We drove round to Kinlochewe and climbed Ruadh Stac Beag from the North, a Corbett which puts many a Munro to shame. The top couple of hundred metres looks like it was created by someone tipping out a huge amount of rocks and pouring them into a mountain mould. Hidden in the pile at around 800m Hana found a spectacular fossil, see the pictures link below.

See more photos here