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South Glen Shiel

Creag a Mhaim and Druim Shionnach at the eastern end of the South Glen Shiel Ridge

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A day that was at least calmer than the raging gale of the day before but the rain was still about and started as I was loading the car at the B&B. I was fairly late getting going due to the superb breakfast and discussing possible routes with my hosts. By the time I got to the Cluanie Inn it was bucketing down as well as being half past ten. I decided to call it a day and made a u-turn to go and look at the Glenelg Brochs. Plan B lasted all of 500 yds as sun caught the top of the North Glen Shiel hills. So back to plan A. Out along the old Tomdoun road to pick up the stalkers' path up onto Creag a Mhaim.

The ascent to Creag a Mhaim was relatively easy along the zig-zags of the path. The first Munro was delayed by a photo stop, Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach showing nicely among the clouds across Easter Glen Quoich with Sgurr Mhor beyond.

From the summit of this first Munro the whole ridge was revealed snaking off to the west. Due to the lateness of my start I would only have time to walk over to the next Munro and then walk back down the ridge of Druim Shionnach to another stalkers' path leading back to the old road.

As the day ended the clouds began to clear and as the sun dipped towards the horizon it again caught the North Glen Shiel hills.

As I reached the road and was within sight of my car the sun was gone but still able to work some magic on the remnants of the cloud.

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