Quinag - Sail Gharbh

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Thursday afternoon saw me heading to the west coast for a stroll on Quinag, just north of Loch Assynt, the following day. I'd pencilled in just the highest top Sail Gharbh but printed my map to include all 3 corbetts - Sail Gharbh - the rough heel, Sail Ghorm - blue heel, and Spidean Coinich - mossy or boggy peak.

Date started:14/05/21
Distance:5.8 miles
Ascent:559m
Descent:565m
Time taken:18120
Moving time:4:3
Average speed:1.44mph
Maximum speed:3.30mph

Sgor Gaoith

Looking back to the Quinag car park
Looking back to the Quinag car park

On our way to the Bealach a' Chornaidh
On our way to the Bealach a' Chornaidh

The first part of the path was delightful, smooth gravel and even the usual drains across the path were built with remarkable consideration to walkers knees. Little in the way of obstacles here. The rest of the walk in made up for it thought, getting increasingly rough with a side order of bog.

Lochan Bealach Cornaidh
Lochan Bealach Cornaidh

Steep path to the Sail Gharbh ridge
Steep path to the Sail Gharbh ridge

Bealach a Chornaidh, when it's not in the clag has pretty good views. Here I turned right and climbed on to the ridge above on a narrow steep path. Tall stone steps were a nuisance but at least I gained height rapidly. Once on the ridge I could see northwards to Sail Ghorm, and the rocky way ENE to Sail Gharbh. There's a path of sorts meandering along the crest of the ridge. I was hoping the clag would clear for a moment as I approached the trig point, but alas. Heading down was just a matter of returning the same way I came up.

Suilven across the Bealach a' Chornaich
Suilven across the Bealach a' Chornaich

Rock steps on the path to Sail Gharbh ridge
Rock steps on the path to Sail Gharbh ridge

Part of the way to Sail Ghorm
Part of the way to Sail Ghorm

Sail Gharbh summit
Sail Gharbh summit

Spidean Coinich from Sail Gharbh south east ridge
Skye at the top of the path above Bealach a Chornaidh

Tags: munro, outdoor, scotland Written 14/05/21 

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