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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
Sunday September 8, Kerrera South Circuit, Oban.
A walk around the south end of Kerrera, taking in the ruined Gylen Castle. Views across the Firth of Lorn to Mull and beyond. Mostly on tracks or grassy paths.
From the ferry slip take the track to Balliemore. Turn W at the junction NM 822288 and head to Barnabuck where track ends and grass path begins. Between here and Ardmore there are bays to explore. From Ardmore join track and follow it to Upper Glen. Go south to visit the ruins of Gylen Castle then return to track – there is a coffee shop at Gylen Farm.
Follow track on east side of the island back to the ferry for the 1400 or 1600 sailing.
Grade: L. Distance: 12km. Height to climb: 460m. Maps LR45 EX359
Meet at: Kerrera Ferry Slip NM834282 for 1035 sailing. Leader: Alison Wilson.
Thursday September 12, Dun da Ghaoithe, Mull.
Mull’s only Corbett following the demotion of Ben Talaidh.
Start at CalMac Pier, Craignure NM718372. Take A849 S past the turning to Torosay Castle, then take track on right 250m further at NM725350. Follow track W past Upper Achnacroish farm then northwest uphill to TV masts at Maol nan Uan, 431m. Take right fork past more masts on to ridge heading SW, then west to the summit of Mainnir nam Fiadh, 754m. Follow ridge NW to large cairn and a further 1km to summit of Dun da Ghaoithe, 766m. Great views of mainland and islands.
Return by outward route or alternatively descend steeply down the east ridge to reach Scallastle Forest Walk leading to A849 and then back to ferry terminal. Cars can be taken on Lochaline-Fishnish Ferry to join up with rest of party at Craignure.
Grade: M+. Distance: 15km. Height to climb: 840m. Map(s): LR 49, EX 375. Meet at: Corran ferry slip NN021635 for 0815 sailing. Lochaline ferry slip NM679446 for 0940. CalMac Terminal, Oban NM854298 at 0930. Start of walk NM718372 at 1045. Leader: Toril Frantzen 07788 264007.
NEVIS HILLWALKING CLUB
Full walk details at www.nevis hillwalking.club. If anyone would like to go on a walk, contact club secretary Suzanne Theobald on 01397 701783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday September 7, Beinn an Dothaidh, Beinn Dorain, Bridge of Orchy.
These two well-known Munros are the centre-piece of the view from the A82 north of Tyndrum.
Climb either one of them, or both together for a fine expedition. This route traverses both of them before descending into an impressive corrie.
Start from the CP on the estate road to Achallader Farm at NN314438. Follow a footpath E across moorland for about 900m to reach a farm track S of the farm buildings. Turn S and follow the track across the railway. Continue S up the grassy slopes of a spur. The ground steepens at the nose and the spur narrows to a fine ridge that curves E up around the headwall of the northern corrie of Beinn an Dothaidh. Pass over the W Top, 1000m and on to the summit, 1004m. Return to the W Top and descend its S ridge to the col at the head of Coire an Dothaidh, 744m. */**Continue S up the long ridge to the summit of Beinn Dorain, 1076m. A footpath may be found. Return to the col and descend W on the path in Coire an Dothaidh to the Bridge of Orchy Hotel. Transport required at the CP S of the Hotel at NN296395, 5 mins from start.
*For Beinn an Dothaidh only, descend W from the col at the head of Coire an Dothaidh, 744m.
**For Beinn Dorain only, start from Bridge of Orchy Stn and climb E up the path to the col at the head of Coire an Dothaidh, 744m. Turn S and climb to the summit, then return by the same route.
15km, 1200m ascent/*10km, 830m ascent/ **9km, 892m ascent
Suggested by Andrew Gilbert, coordinated by Christina Tracey.