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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 email@example.com
Thursday April 18: Drimnin to Doirlinn, Morvern
This is a there-and-back walk along a good track, with extensive views of the mouth of Loch Sunart and across Loch na Droma Buidhe to Oronsay.
The walk starts at the end of the B849 at Port nam-Freumh (NM 557539) where there is limited parking space. The route follows a path going N, then E after 200m and then N again. It continues to NM 555547 before diverting E and N round Drimnin House.
The track then continues N and E above Auliston Point and eastwards to Doirlinn, passing the deserted villages of Portabhata and Sornagan.
Please contact the leader beforehand to arrange transport.
Grade: M; distance: 19km; height to climb: 400m; map(s): LR47/49, EX383; meet at: Longsdale CP Oban NM862307 at 0800, Fort William WM NN112742 at 0845, Corran Ferry slip NN021635 for 0915 sailing, for start of walk at 1030.
Leader: Sally Cameron 07810 464994 or 01631 740391.
Sunday April 21: An Grianan and Meall nam Fiadh, Glen Ure
The walk starts at the car park at Elleric in Glen Creran, NN035488.
Follow the estate road across the River Creran and fork left just before Glenure Lodge. Turn left and follow the track going northwards for 300m.
At the edge of some woodland at NN046484, turn on to a path that climbs gradually eastwards towards the narrow valley enclosing the Allt Bealach na h-Innsig. Continue to the lochan at NN081487.
Turn southwards to cross the burn and climb to the summit of Meall nam Fiadh, 438m, then westwards to reach the summit of An Grianan, 549m. Descend south eastwards to Airigh nan Lochan to pick up the estate track leading westwards down through Glen Ure.
Cross the River Ure just above the Lodge and rejoin the outward route back to Elleric.
Grade: M+; distance: 15km; height to climb: 592m; Maps LR50, EX384. Meet at Longsdale CP Oban NM862307 at 0915, Ballachulish TIC at 0915, Fort William WM NN 112 742 at 0840, for start of walk at 10.00.
Leader : Toril Frantzen 07788 264007.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday April 14: Sgurr Ghiubhsachain, Sgorr Craobh a’Chaorainn,
Two Corbetts in a dramatic setting high above the splendid Loch Shiel and the site of Prince Charlie’s recruitment rally. Do one or both. The second has an interesting descent on the return to the lochside.
Start from the CPcharge at the Glenfinnan TIC, NM907807. Free parking may be available 200m NW at the start of the Glenfinnan estate road. Cross the main road and head SE on the boardwalk and turn SW along the broad track beside Loch Shiel. Cross the burn just after the cottage of Guesachan. Head SE up beside the burn for a bit, then SW to gain the ridge. (This avoids the craggy end of the ridge.) Follow the ridge up and over Meall a’ Choire Chruinn, across a col and on up to the summit of Sgurr Ghiubhsachain – lots of crags and opportunities for scrambling, all of which are avoidable.
Descend SE, steeply at first, curving E over Leac an Fhuarain to a boggy col. For a shorter day, descend from here N down into Coire Ghiubhsachain and follow the burn back down to Guesachan cottage. To continue, climb easily to the summit of Sgorr Craobh a’Chaorainn. Descend N and follow the undulating ridge to Meall Doire na Mnatha, then NE to Sgorr nan Cearc, 668m.
Descend to the N. The ridge turns NW at an altitude of 550m, WP NM897776, soon after which is a very steep drop over rocky slabs. This section should be avoided by diverting SW down into Coire nan Cearcex. Descend for about 200m carefully, below the crags on the right, then traverse NW to reach relatively level ground at WP NM893776. Continue NW down the spur to reach the track alongside Loch Shiel and return to Glenfiinnan.
In adverse weather or ground conditions, descend from the summit of Sgorr nan Cearc by its E ridge and return via Callop to reach Glenfinnan.
Suggested by Gavin Theobald, coordinated by Suzanne Theobald.