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LOCHABER AND LORN RAMBLERS
The walk leader is to be contacted beforehand for meet-up and start times. Car sharing usually possible and people can try before they buy. Further information at www.lochaberandlorn-ramblers.org.uk. Lochaber and Lorn Ramblers Group can be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday February 2:
Beinn Churalain, Loch Creran
A pleasant walk with lovely views across Loch Creran and beyond. There are several historical sites in the vicinity: St Cairell’s Well at NM980449. Cladh Churalain (burial ground) at NM983452. Abandoned farmstead at NM983451. Kiln at NM983449 . Buildings and enclosures at NM982450. Graffito carved on rock at NM989450. (Source: Appin Historical Society).
Park at the Creagan Inn, NM973445 and take the cycle track E. Before the roundabout, follow a track through a gate on the left. A short steep ascent through the trees leads to the line of the old railway and the hillside above. Further up, a gate in a stone wall gives access to the more open hillside. Follow the broad ridge NE, ignoring the trig point at about 490m, to the summit of Beinn Churalain, 549m. Head NW down to a col, across a fence, then up to a small summit at 430m. Follow a ridge SW down to about 200m alt, then head W to reach the track at about NM968456. Follow the track down to the A828 and head E on the cycle track back to the Creagan Inn.
Grade: M; distance: 9km; height to climb: 589m; map(s): LR49, EX376. Meet at Longsdale CP, Oban, at 9.30am, or N Ballachulish PS at 9.25am for start of walk at 10am. Leader: Andrew Gilbert 07808 924722.
Thursday February 7:
Inverscaddle to Corrlarach Bothy, Cona Glen
A walk by the Cona river in a lovely glen. The landscape is varied, with many pools and waterfalls and some 700 year old trees.
Start at the estate road entrance at NN022686, where parking is available. Head W on the estate road, soon turning N past some dwellings and turn left at the junction. Continue NW on the track into Cona Glen to reach Corrlarach Bothy, NM958720. Return by the same route.
Grade: L; distance: 16km; height to climb: 140m; map(s): LR40/41, EX391. Meet at Corran Ferry slip for 9.45am sailing, for start of walk at 10.10am. Leader: Gerry Gilbert 07765 830203.
NEVIS HILLWALKING CLUB
Full walk details at www.nevis hillwalking.club. If anyone would like to go out on the walk please contact club secretary Suzanne Theobald on 01397 701783 or email email@example.com.
Sunday February 3:
Sgurr a’ Mhaim, Glen Nevis
An unconventional ascent of this prominent hill, which occupies a commanding position in Glen Nevis.
Start from the Upper Falls car park at the end of the public road in Glen Nevis at NN167691. Head E on the footpath though the Nevis Gorge and continue to the Wire Bridge. Cross the bridge and head WNW up through deciduous woodland to reach a spur above the tree-line at NN1742468535.
Head SW up the spur, turning S up steeper and rockier ground the summit of Creag nan Eun, 483mlr. Continue S up a steep rocky slope to the tip of a NE orientated spur at 740m alt, NN171677. Head SW along the spur, almost level at first, curving S and rising steeply on rocky ground between Coire Sgorach to the W and Coire nan Cnamhex to the E. The spur terminates on a ring contourex, 960m alt, NN167670, overlooking the vast expanse of the magnificent Coire a’ Mhail. The summit of Sgurr a’ Mhaim lies 450m SW of here, a climb of 150m up a steep rocky ridge. Descend W at first, soon curving N around the rim of Coire Sgorach.
A rough path may be found, which facilitates a sustained, steep descent NW to Achriabhach.
Transport required. 6 mins from start. Total of 8km, 1000m ascent. Suggested by Gavin Theobald; coordinated by Andrew Gilbert.