Mull - by Jackie Carson
||road side of the B8035 adjacent to the bridge
over the Abhainn na h-Uamha
Sheet 48, GR507368, B8035
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Never having been to Mull before I was looking forward to this
outing. The journey over was under clear blue skies. I knew
the forecast for the following day wasn't as good but I still
spent the evening imagining the fantastic views I was going
to get. Why did I bother?
I woke to clouds at
less than 500 m. It did brighten as I set off but as I gained
height it started to close in and by the time I reached the
ridge I was fully in the cloud.
In summary this was a great day out though I did feel cheated
by the weather and regretted my decision to get the ferry on
Saturday rather than on the Friday as originally planned. The
views I believe are fantastic. Good job I've got a great imagination.
This hill has to be climbed by the NE ridge. It's not hard,
I managed it on my own in low cloud.
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I walked the majority of the ridge in the cloud
(as with the Devil's Ridge, the Forcan ridge and the Aonach
Eagach) but things cleared towards the summit and I found
myself standing above the cloud base, eating my lunch in bright
I will be back on Mull, not only to climb Ben
More in the sun but there are several other fantastic looking
hills. Though I could well retire from Scottish hillwalking
until global warming kicks in North of the border.
- The start
point for this hill is at the road side of the B8035 adjacent
to the bridge over the Abhainn na h-Uamha.
- Follow the stream through increasing boggy ground into Gleann
na Beinne Fada aiming for the col between Beinn Fhada and
Ben More, 530 m, GR537345.
- The route down is very straightforward. A track descends
from the summit and follows the NW ridge of the hill eventually
picking up the Abhainn Dhiseig.
- The upper section is rocky and well marked by a series of
cairns. Once the rock runs out at around 700 m the path is
easily recognisable even in cloud.
- To return to the car skirt below An Gearna and cut across
the wet boggy grass. I continued along the stream picking
up the track and returned to the B8035 at GR495359 where the
family picked me up. This is the start point if the ridge
walk is to be avoided.
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