Breathtaking Views from Beinn Liath Mhòr.

A combination of beautiful weather and opportunity saw my second attempt on Beinn Liath Mhòr, a large mountain in the north west Scottish Highlands with spectacular views over Torridon, Skye and Loch Carron. Time, weather (snow) and the lack of day light last December put paid to my first attempt to reach even the summit ridge of the mountain. I returned with better conditions on my side and oh boy, was it worth the effort!

The longish walk in from Achnashellach up the River Làir to Coire Làir, a classic U-shaped valley between the target mountains for the day.  Beinn Liath Mhòr is on the right and Sgorr Ruadh to the left.

Sgorr Ruadh taken from the south slope of Beinn Liath Mhòr during the ascent.

There is a long, narrow summit ridge with the highest top at the furthest end from the start of the trek (it always is at the furthest end!).

Fantastic views over the Torridon mountains and Glen Torridon can be enjoyed whilst clambering along the ridge to reach the true summit. In the distance to the west is Loch Torridon and Skye.

Looking back along the ridge from the summit.

On top of the world, or so it seems like it, and a far cry from last December!

Looking north over Loch Uaine and Sgorr nan Lochan Uaine towards one of the Torridon mountains I wish to tackle this year: Beinn Eighe.

Looking south over Coire Làir and there’s Sgorr Ruadh, my second mountain of the day. Loch Coire Làir is to the left.

Looking back on Beinn Liath Mhòr before starting the ascent up the north west end of Sgorr Ruadh from the top of Coire Làir.

A view towards Loch Torridon and Skye from the summit cairn of Sgorr Ruadh.

Posing for the camera at the summit mid afternoon, a picture made possible thanks to the timer and a mini tripod. I admit to preferring a deer stalker’s stick over the use of modern walking poles when I am up in the mountains. My ‘third leg’ is most valuable when going down mountains and prodding for soft ground in boggy areas. My day finished with a descent down to the saddle between Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Tholl, round the back of Loch a’ Bhealaich Mhòir and down to the River Làir for the walk out to Achnashellach.


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