Route 1 (09/06/07): This is the normal route and usually a better choice than route 2. There is a well-constructed path up to the edge of the forestry.
|1||Park at P in South Ballachulish NN046589||45||0||0.0 miles|
|2||Tracks & path S to col NN048555||755||710||2.5 miles|
|3||W over bump to M Sgorr Dhonuill||1001||955||3.0 miles|
|4||Return E to col||755||3.5 miles|
|5||ENE to M Sgorr Dhearg||1024||1225||4.15 miles|
|6||E to col||900|
|7||NE to T Sgorr Bhan||947||1270||4.6 miles|
|8||Return SW to col||900|
|9||W to M Sgorr Dhearg||1024||1395||5.05 miles|
|10||Return WSW to col||755||5.7 miles|
|11||Return by path/track N to car park.||45||1412||8.2 miles|
Route 2 (26/11/04):
I traded the usual route, route 1, for a boring start on an easy
track which I could do in semi-darkness and an enjoyable descent from Sgorr Ban at the end.
There are good paths along the ridge and along the valley, but no connecting path up to col on this route.
It is probably better to do this route in reverse, ascending by the sharp NE ridge of
Sgorr Ban to S of Allt a'Choire Riabhaich (as recommended in SMC Munro book.)
Weather: Overcast but clearing; cloud at 1000m; showery; 20 mins rain from 1010.
|0640||Park at P in Ballachulish NN084585
(first right once off A82).
|Take B road S to bridge over river,
cross footbridge and take C road
S passed school to quarry NN081574.
|0820||Ascend excellent track S/SW/W to dense
Forestry Commission trees NN057546.
|Ascend N to corner of forestry (350m)
and set compass direct to bealach.
|0920||NW to Bealach NN047555||755||750||4.2 miles|
|0950||W over bump to M Sgorr Dhonuill NN040555||1001||1005||4.7 miles|
|1010||Return E to bealach NN047555||755||5.2 miles|
|1040||E/ENE to M Sgorr Dhearg NN056558 (trig post)||1024||1275|
|1050||E down to col||901|
|1055||NE to T Sgorr Bhan NN062560||947||1320||6.3 miles|
|Unwisely descended scree gully into Coire Riabhaich
instead of taking the NE ridge to its south.
|NE to track at quarry||60||7.8 miles|
|1225||N to P in Ballachulish.||5||1320m||8.6 miles|