Route 1: There are two possible approaches to the first Munro,
Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich, represented by the two routes given here.
I preferred this first one, although steeper in places.
The other, route 2, is given below.
Note two good bridges on the walk out at NH255714 (380m) and NH263722 (330m). There is also a good forestry track invisible from the road, starting at the second of these bridges and finishing at a gate NH280741 in the deer fence 100yds S of the weather station NH278743.
Weather 27/03/04: Cloud & drizzle till 12.30, clear & sunny thereafter, thin easy snow over 3000'.
|0835||Drive along A835 to W end of Loch Glascarnoch.
Park at NW end of bridge by weather station at NH278743
|0905||NW along A835 to Loch Droma dam at Lochdrum||270||15|
|0940||Cross dam and take track W to sluice gates NH230748||345||90|
|1010||Ascend path S to bealach above L. Sgaireach at start of ridge NH228738||550||295||4.75 miles|
|1110||SW to M Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich NH219724||954||700|
|1130||After descending ridge SW for 300yds, turn NW to col on corrie lip NH216723||845|
|1140||Ascend rim of corrie SW to bump NH210718||945||800|
|1150||Continue WSW for 250yds to col||935|
|1215||W/NW/N round to M Sgurr Mor NH203718||1110||975|
|1235||Descend due S to col NH205712||945|
|1240||SSE to T Meall nam Peithirean NH207708||974||1005|
|1250||Take SE branch of ridge passed Creachan Rairigidh
to path branch at col NH216701
|1315||Continue SE to M Meall Gorm NH221696||949||1120|
|Continue along ridge E/SE to col||905|
|1330||Ascend SE to T Meall Gorm, SE Top NH232692||922||1140|
|1345||SE down ridge to Bealach Ban NH237686||775|
|SE/S up ridge to M An Coileachan NH241680||923||1290||11 miles|
|1500||Descend due N, aiming for E edge of Loch Gorm
to bealach S of Meallan Buidhe at SE corner of Loch Gorm
|Contour N along slopes of Meallan Buidhe and descend
by Abhainn a'Ghiuthais Li (hard work over peat bog)
to bridge at end of forestry track NH263723
|1715||Take forestry track NE to road at NH281740 & A835 NW to car||263||16.3 miles|
This is about 0.4 miles less but 40m more ascent than previous route.
It is a poor approach to the first Munro, starting with a long boggy stretch and
finishing with 2kms of very stoney terrain. It is better to use the more scenic
route 1 above which starts with walking along L.Droma,
over the dam, along the track by the pipeline & ascending to L. Sgaireach.
Weather 12/08/09: Warmish, showers, some wind, sunny from 1330 or so. Cloud base 1000m; most tops clear.
|0635||Drive along A835 to W end L. Glascarnoch
Park by bridge & weather station
|0640||100m E on A835 over bridge to signpost,
then Forestry track to gate. Take left
at gate to stay on main forestry track which
heads uphill rather than along the river.
|0700||Track S uphill to bend||337||NH2753973320|
|0710||Track SW to highest pt at 1288'||394||130||NH2688272678|
|Continue track SW to signpost||378||NH2671572395|
|0725||Track/bog W dn to bridge 1086'||330||NH2636072126|
|0745||Vehicle tracks W over bog to...||395||NH2547671743|
|0840||W up ridge to Creag Dhubh Fannaich||757||560||NH23527188|
|W to col||735||NH23147176|
|0920-0925||SW to M Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich||954||780||4.95mi||NH21987241||Orange|
|Ridge 300m SW then contour NW to col||845||NH21627221|
|0950||Ascend corrie rim SW to bump||945||NH21067178|
|WSW 250m to col||935||NH20877167|
|1015-20||W/NW/N to M Sgurr Mor||1110||1045||NH20327182||Orange|
|1035||S to col||945||NH20607110|
|1040||SSE to T Meall nam Peithirean||974||1075||NH20747090|
|1050/1055||SE branch of ridge to cols. (Path skirts
minor bump; times for cols on either side)
|1115-25||SE to M Meall Gorm||949||1190||NH22166961||Orange|
|E/SE to col||905||NH23006932|
|1140||SE to T Meall Gorm, SE Top||922||1210||NH23236919|
|1153||S/SE down ridge to Bealach Ban||775||NH23726861|
|1210-1225||SE/S to M An Coileachan||923||1360||10.6mi||NH24166801||Orange|
|1255-1320||N to col SE of Loch Gorm||565||NH24256920|
|1405||Descend N/NE by Abhainn a'Ghiuthais Li
(hard work over peat bog) to
Footbridge at 1300' & cross to NW bank
|1435-1445||Path NE on NW bank to next bridge||330||1380||15.7mi||NH2636072126|
|1450||Track E up to signpost||378||NH2671572395|
|1455||Track NE to highest pt||394||1445||NH2688272678|
|1525||Forestry track NE to gate near road||270||NH28057402|
|1530||100m W on A835 to weather station||263||NH27607430||Orange|