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Beinn Sgritheall

12th February 2003 a remote mountain looking out over the Western Isles and Knoydart

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I should have done this whilst staying at Ratagan but the weather was wrong. Gales and cloud don't go with stupendous views. So when promised a dry bright day with broken cloud at 3500ft by the BBC Radio Scotland Outdoor Conditions Forecast (broadcast after the 7.00pm news) I resolved to make the drive back through Glen Shiel to take the spectacular side road to Arnisdale, which I was mighty pleased to see was gritted unlike the M11! Storer says of Beinn Sgreithall "imagine a 3000ft high pile of scree on a sea wall" and that description says it all. The path goes up at a frightening angle from the start and there is no respite until the eastern top.

The main problem is that the path is a walkers' path and goes direct instead of making the knee saving zig-zags of a stalkers' path. Up on the top the sea seems so close because the steep hillsides fall away at such an angle. Continuing over the ridge leads to the summit and then down some more steep slopes to find a path down through the woods to the road. I was fortunate to reach the lower slopes just as the sun set behind clouds over Rum. Then leaving my pack where I could find it again (I marked a GPS waypoint as well) I strolled back along the road to Arnisdale where the car was parked.

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