Saileag & Sgurr a' Bhealaich Dheirg

Glensheil - by Robert Bell

Start Point: Carpark
Grid Reference: OS Sheet 33, Grid ref 009136
Time: 4 -7 hours
View Location: Scalable multimap
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Introduction

It was getting late on in the year (end of October) and daylight hours were becoming the limitation on what was a sensible potential walking conquest. As such, we gave ourselves the best possible start and kipped at Bank street bunkhouse in Fortwilliam (highly reccomended).

Light refreshments the night before the morning after ensured that we slept well, thereby ensuring we were fresh and madforit in the morning - that was the theory.


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The initial ascent is a bit of a tough one, but then aren't they all, and isn't that the point of it all. The fresh snow covering the top of the hills made an interesting addition to the day, though the surprise drifts really sapped any energy available.

Many of the route books suggest completing all 4 munros in a single circuit - indeed some even suggest tagging these 4 hills to the 5 sisters - but for a late autumnal expedition the 2 hills proved to be ample.

 

Route

  • We started off (9.45am) at a small car park just below some pine forest on the A87 (OS 009136).

  • We headed up through a break in the forest rising steeply and Northwards to the Bealach an Lapain(760m). A cairn marks the top of Bealach an Lapain; and to the West are the Five sisters of Kintail.

  • We moved off to the East for 1km climbing along a easy broad ridge to the summit of Sailag (956M). Arrived at 12.15pm. Sailag is marked with a cairn on top of a “pyramidal” massif.

  • From Sailag we moved directly east dropping down via a twisting ridge to a col. From here we started our accent to Sgurr a` Bhealaich Dheirg.
   
  • Once on the main ridge we carried on past an old stone dyke. Turning north (and passing by the stone dyke) the ridge gets narrow as it ends some 50m further on.

  • There is a fine crafted cairn that sits on the edge of a narrow bouldered ridge.We arrived at 2pm. Care is required as there are sharp drops to both east and west. The views were fantastic. Torridon, South Glen Shiel ridge, The five sisters of Kintails and Ben Nevis were some of the highlights in the crisp autumn light.

  • Our decent took us South towards Meall Charra.

  • At OS036139 we turned southwest following some small streams till we reached the deer fence just above the line of the forest. We tracked the deer fence till we reached a metal gate at OS 026133.

  • At this point we dropped down through the woods till we met the forestry road that led west for 1.5km. We followed the road till its end before walking through some rough ground to the roadside and the car park at our starting point.


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