Curious to hear from anyone who has come down Gairich by the northern shoulder to shores of Loch Quoich and walked east along the shore back to the main path / dam. Hasselblad XPan 45mm. View south from the mountain Gleouraich towards Gairich with … Gairich is a lonely Munro sitting to the South East of Loch Quoich. At the col before the rise to Sgurr Beag a stalker’s path joins from both sides of the ridge and it continues up and over Sgurr Beag and on to Sgurr Mor. Keeping the destination quiet for future ref Beinn Sgritheall Gairich Munro, marilyn: Gairich sett frå Loch Quoich… So we shared these and they tasted like a gourmet meal! 2. Unfortunately the path stopped where it was shown to on the map, at a small cairn. Loch Quoich Dam From The Car Park. As part of my preparations for my trip to Antarctica I wanted to do an extended trip to improve fitness and resilience, preferably an overnighter, therefore carrying some weight over a couple of days. Our spell of settled weather continued but we were to finish in the dark. Gairich, Loch Quoich. Start of walk, across Loch Quoich Dam Loch Quoich and Gairich pre-sunrise Sun rising on Gairich Sgurr nan Eugallt, Sgurr Mhaoraich and Loch Quoich at sunrise Loch Quoich and Spidean Mialach at sunrise. Le sentier longe un lac et sa difficulté est évaluée … Light was fading. It can be approached via the Dam at the end of Loch Quoich or from the stalkers paths at Strathan, at the head of Loch Arkaig and has fine views in every direction. Slowly making my way over the dome of Gairich Beag, I could see that there was still 180m (almost 600ft) of climb to do. The dam at the east end is by far the largest one. There is a locked gate at the end of the dam by the road so we climbed it and flopped over and walked the final 30 metres to the car. The walk begins from a parking area just west of the Loch Quoich dam, on the south side of the road. Gairich (919m) over Loch Quoich (Loch Chuaich), Glen Garry, Highland Region, Scotland, UK. If day 1 had been hard, then day 2 was to be epic! But in the end it was not too bad. Loch Quoich on OpenStreetMaps ... Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan, Aonach Meadhoin, Aonach Buidhe, Gleouraich, Gairich, Maol Chinn-dearg, Sgurr a' Bhealaich Dheirg, Saileag, Sgurr an … You can find out more about me by clicking on the “About Me” tab above. There is a good view of the day's objective, Gairich, across the waters of the loch, its craggy northeast face looking impressive. Route … Edwin Landseer was among many fashionable sportsmen who came here in the 19th century, and his best known paintings were inspired by the red deer of Glen Quoich. [7] Glen Kingie itself can be a difficult barrier when approaching Gairich from the south with the River Kingie being an impossible obstacle when it is in spate and needing wading at other times because of the absence of bridges. Gairich, 3015ft/9l9m, stands in splendid isolation on the south side of the loch, gazing across the neck of water towards the Glengarry twins of Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach. From there to the top of Meall a’Choire Dubh there ground was very broken and this continued all the way along the broad ridge to the final climb to Ben Aden. It was a relief to see the dam! We still could not see the end point of our walk which was still 11km (almost 7 miles) away as that crow flew and probably half as much again for us to walk. Indeed you can see where we were to camp that evening on the levelling of the ridge just above the cloud. Record level Item. Your email address will not be published. The views were stunning. © Roger Vander Steen The ridge was now grassy. It was helped by the fact that our first summit was only 150m (500ft) above us, but it would involve over 24km (15 miles) of walking and 2,150m (7,000ft) of ascent. On that occasion we had left Yorkshire early one Saturday morning and arrived at the end of Loch Arkaig to the south at 1pm. Gairich from Loch Cuaich Dam. Ascent: 871m. The name is one of many associated with hunting and like several others suggests the presence of yelling or roaring stags. 15:48. It deteriorates a little in places between the two Sgurrs, but it certainly assisted legs that were now becoming weary. The dams were constructed in the mid 1950’s. It was approaching 3pm and daylight hours are not long at this time of the year. The track that we were now on was created to transport materials to create the western dams and then was largely submerged when the Loch was filled. The High Mountains of Britain and Ireland, Diadem, 1993. For this the best place to start is probably here. Once past the Abhainn Chosaidh there was a further 5 kilometres (3 miles) to the western dams. So we decided to go for that alternative. His car was not at the dam when we finally ended the day. But I had in the car some Pringles and dips. We returned to the car at 3am as the sun was rising, crashing there to grab 3 hours sleep before being woken up by sheep rubbing against the car. But the views were still nice if a bit gloomy. Gairich from peat bog crossing. Upgrade your experience! Jonathan near the summit of The Inn Pinn. From Invergarry (A87) travel W 9km then left on minor road and continue W along the northern shore of Loch Garry, to the dam at the eastern end of Loch Quoich. We could not hang around for long though. With Saturday looking nice we headed for another hill at Loch Quoich – Gairich. Lake Loch Quoich on Map ... Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan, Aonach Meadhoin, Aonach Buidhe, Gleouraich, Gairich, Maol Chinn-dearg, Sgurr a' Bhealaich Dheirg, Saileag, Sgurr an Doire Leathain, Gulvain, Faochaig, Sgurr an Lochain, Beinn Fhada, A' Ghlas-bheinn, Sgurr nan Spainteach, Sgurr a' … We decided to make bee-line towards the promontory directly opposite. Here we found the traces of tracks over rough ground. Mist burning off Loch Quoich to reveil Gairich in the background. After another 3½km (2 miles or so) we were faced with what can be a major obstacle. Download this stock image: Glen Garry, looking across Loch Quoich to Gairich, lichen-covered rock boulder - AX06GJ from Alamy's library of millions of high … From Loch Quoich dam, as others have said soggy boggy approach. rhalstead: 27/06/2015: Spidean Mialach, Gleouraich and Sgurr a'Mhaoraich followed by Gairich. Day 53 of 59 for all Munros. 34km, +/ … The stags blocked a single track road, with munro Gairich looming on the horizon, and Loch Quoich in the foreground. When the late afternoon light eventually broke through I was still high enough above the cloud inversion to take advantage of some well-earned winter light across these remote hills. Soon after we met the main path along the east ridge. This is the Abhainn Chosaidh, a river that can be impossible to cross if in spate. Gairich from Loch Quoich - geograph.org.uk - 4249.jpg 640 × 330; 123 KB Gairich from Quoich dam.jpg 1,268 × 907; 155 KB Loch Quoich from Gairich summit.jpg 1,717 × 1,227; 138 KB Here there is plenty of space to park and, indeed, there was a campervan there when we arrived. Beyond, although we struggled to find it at first because we stayed too close to the lochside, there is an old vehicle track. Gairich has two notable corries on its slopes. This last picture also captures much of the rest of the route that day and indicated how much further we had to go as Tzvetie’s car was parked out of sight at the far end of the Loch. 210m (690ft) higher we found somewhere suitable. Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach. After that we would follow the long ridge between Sgurr na Ciche and Gairich, another set of relatively remote peaks. Dammed in the 1950's, only the road on the north side of the loch gives good access to the surrounding rugged peaks. I think the experience can be classified as Type 2 on the Fun Scale (Google it if you do not know what this scale is). Loch Quoich, Sgurr A'Mhaoraich and South Shiel Ridge from Gairich in Knoydart Panorama of the peaks to the north of Loch Quoich from Gairich in Knoydart South Shiel Ridge Back to Sgurr na Ciche, the pyramid shape of which would ever so slowly recede from us during the day. Once found, it was obviously a beautifully constructed path but now unused and unmaintained. This peaceful area, which claims to have the highest rainfall in the country, can feel remote and sometimes quite bleak, however on fine days the views from the summits are wonderful. Learn how your comment data is processed. Gairich Loch Quoich. Stage 2 The dam was completed in 1962 as part of one of the largest of the hydro-electric schemes which brought electricity to the Highlands for the first time; the dam is almost 320 metres long and 38 metres high, and feeds the Quoich power station further down the glen. It lies at the eastern edge of the Knoydart peninsula at 887m (2,910ft) in height. Gairich Above Loch Quoich . We made short work of the final 200m (660ft) of ascent. This was a wall that we would follow for some 5km (3 miles). I was on the top by 8.15am with a view down to the mist filled Glen Dessary and the wall. As became common during the course of the day Tzvetie slowly but surely pulled away from me on the extended climbs. A direct descent denied by the waters of Loch Quoich sees the majority of approaches by a long eastern ridge which suddenly rears upwards to the summit. It has since developed into a bit of a resource on the Volcanic Seven Summits or the V7S. Dad-of-two Dean said: "There must have been about 16 to 18 stags - … Start at the dam at the E end of Loch Quoich, NH069024. We did find a suitable stream for re-filling depleted water bottles. A number of options had been mooted, mostly north-west initially, but I settled on a return to one of my favourite spots in Britain, the beautiful Loch Quoich. She was up for such a trip and, living in Fort William, was busy bagging Munros. It was then navigation by GPS and head torch. The Walk Gairich from Loch Quoich Dam... One solitary Munro so far this year, and that was back in January, even our recent CMB trip to Kinlochleven provided no more than a low level trek over the Devil's Staircase to Kinlochleven, it really has been a bad few months weather wise. Rafe and Jim cross Quoich Dam: We crossed the dam - many photographs were taken of the reflections - before we arrived at the celebrated … We spent a good half hour on the summit. Er führt entlang eines Sees und durch schönen Wald. The northern corrie of Gairich provides a pleasing shape to the way ahead. Along the southern shore of Loch Quoich Looking roughly eastwards towards the Munros of Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach. It is rare that I make a second visit to a Corbett, but I had previously been here, alone, in February 2013 on (weather-wise) the most perfect of winter days. We discussed whether or not to take two cars (which we would) and what time we would leave… early! It is drained by the Allt a' Choire Leith which flows northwards into Loch Quoich. Here is the view back the way we had come. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts.A copy of the license is included in the section entitled GNU Free Documentation License. View looking north along Glen Quoich from Creag Bhaig, Mar Lodge, Deeside, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, April 2016. The Kinbreack bothy in Glen Kingie is a useful base for climbing the mountains in this area. In the process Glen Quoich Lodge was destroyed. The mountain was initially named Scour Gairoch on the original 1891 list of Munros[3] and is still occasionally called this, however it is now referred to generally as Gairich which translates from the Gaelic as “roaring”[4] or Peak of Yelling”[5] and is believed to refer to the roaring of stags in the rutting season. The bog crossing had a rather soupy reputation, but seemed rather unremarkable to us….just a bit muddy. It would then be possible tocanoe back across the loch and add Sgurr a‘ Mhaoraich to the day’s tally. Gairich "'is a mountain in Scotland situated on the southern side of Loch Quoich between Glen Kingie and Glen Garry in the Lochaber district of the Fort William. It was 4.55pm when the Gairich summit cairn was finally reached – 3 hours from Sgurr an Fhuarain. I had spotted an alternative stalker’s path marked on the map which led up the eastern slope of Meall a’Choire Dubh. A perfect winter day rewarded all 24 members and guests who attended this bus meet. Med ei høgd på 919 meter over havet har Gairich status som munro. View in 3D. Choose a map and press a button for detailed view of terrain near Loch Quoich. Sgurr Mor was lightly covered. The pyramid of Sgurr na Ciche attracts the gaze. Coire Liath lies on the northern flank of the mountain. North West Highlands, Scotland, UK. The blog started out just as a mix of mountain climbing and other travel reports interspersed with a few random musings prompted by a trip that I made to Mexico and South America in November and December 2014. ... With an arm of Loch Quoich hundreds of metres below your feet, the view along the length of the main part of the loch is majestic, with the rest of … Again Tzvetie pulled ahead. Some careful balancing on rocks enabled a dry shod crossing to be made. For all its wetness, the Loch Quoich area, and its Munros, remains a great favourite amongst hill bashers. Stage 2 The dam at the east end is by far the largest one. And a view over Knoydart and to Beinn Sgritheall. The dams were constructed in the mid 1950’s. It was sunny and, for October, warm with little wind. On the way back today I took the opportunity to nip up Gairich on the south side of Loch Quoich. At the end of the ridge we dropped down to some woodland. Tzvetie had waited for me here and then we descended to the col between Garbh Chioch Bheag and Sgurr nan Coireachan together. Esegui il download di questa immagine stock: Guardando sul Loch Quoich a Gairich, un Munro, sotto la pioggia con sunray attraverso le nuvole. Gairich. It was not as wet and glutinous as I had feared. Loch Garry was looking rather serene as we headed for Loch Quoich. Along the southern shore of Loch Quoich Looking roughly eastwards towards the Munros of Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach. Here is the ridge between An Eag and Sgurr Beag. Gairich is a lonely Munro sitting to the South East of Loch Quoich. A single chap who, as he approached, looked as though he was walking a sheep. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. Western Loch Quoich Its isolation sees to that. From there the ground continued to rise over a mix of small rocks and grass, albeit on less steep ground. It's typical Western Highland desolation. To be on such a remote summit at 7am is a privilege. The eastern ridge descends for four kilometres from the summit ending near the Quoich dam and is used in ascending the mountain from that direction. Here are Gleouraich and the distant Glen Shiel hills. Again we stopped for 10 minutes in the dark for more water. And The (distant) Saddle and surrounding hills. Only once did we each manage to lose a foot in the bog. We packed quickly and were off by 6.30am. In fact looking at the map as I write this, we had only covered 1/3rd of the day 2 distance by the time we reached Sgurr Mor. First Luinne Bheinn and Mell Bhuidhe, remote Munros on the Knoydart peninsula. These two munros are connected by a high ridge Loch Garry dawn. This was to be one of our targets for the following day. You can find details of that trip using the Tags and the Archive below. Beyond Lochan an Fhigheadair I left the path and ascended the Tump, Meall a’ Chait. I had warned Tzvetie that the next section was notoriously boggy. This is the classic view down the south west ridge to Loch Nevis. Mountaineering and the Volcanic Seven Summits, 24th August 2017 by James Stone Leave a Comment. It is about a 16km (10 mile) walk to the summit of Ben Aden from the start. Filed Under: Blog Tagged With: Corbetts, Marilyns, Munros, Your email address will not be published. Sue then bagged another Munro on the Sunday before I drove back home the same evening. With Saturday looking nice we headed for another hill at Loch Quoich – Gairich. Distance: 15 km. But it was 7 hours since we had set out by the time we arrived, an indicator of the rough nature of the ground. This would also avoid the sometimes horrendously boggy approaches to Gairich on the normal route from the dam on Loch Quoich. And we were safely down to the western end of the long, long (3km/2m) east ridge before the light finally went. This might sound strange but it is a relic of the time when Loch Quoich was being dammed. These lower northern slopes of the mountain formerly had a right of way which went along the southern shore of Loch Quoich, this track was submerged and lost when the loch was dammed in 1957 and the water level was raised by 100 feet as part of the hydro-electric scheme in the Highlands. Upper Loch Quoich looking West Looking over to Gairich.The path zig zags nicely down to the car park among the trees on the loch side. Nearly always … The splendid E-facing headwall above Coire Thollaidh is visible from afar and remains a fine sight throughout the approach, especially in winter. I made my way over to the corrie rim. Having taken so long to get there (and we were a little weary) it merited a sit down and appreciation of the location. Required fields are marked *. The Loch is dammed at both its east and its west ends. We followed a wall up most of the ridge. gairich in a sentence - Use "gairich" in a sentence 1. "' Rafe and Jim cross Quoich Dam: Even in October you lose a lot of fluid. The stags blocked a single track road, with Munro Gairich looming on the horizon, and Loch Quoich in the foreground. Shoreline of Loch Quoich with Gairich beyond A fine spring evening for a walk along the southern shore of Quoich. Loch Quoich is in the Western Highlands and literally surrounded by Munros. Gairich Looking a Lot Nearer Now. The way off Gairich to the east involves an initial steep section with a little bit of minor scrambling. This is a relatively easy hill in a wild and isolated setting. Gairich is a distinctive solitary Munro on the south side of Loch Quioch. At first we missed the start of this path because through lack of use it is indistinct. It has moderate to steep slopes rising to crags below the summit ridge which runs SW to NE, with two peaks, Gairich and Gairich Beag (730m). Descending from the summit of Sgùrr a’ Mhaoraich, the high-level cloud that had blighted much of the day slowly began to disperse. I had been with Sue as she was mopping up some final Munros before her “compleation” a week later on the Isle of Mull. And down to the ever present Loch Quoich. Garbh Chioch Mhor was just across the way with mist filling Glen Dessary and a distant Ben Nevis on the skyline. If we then felt up to it we would then do a separate walk up Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach. Shoreline of Loch Quoich with Gairich beyond A fine spring evening for a walk along the southern shore of Quoich. These two munros are connected by a high ridge and are commonly climbed together from the south using the network of stalker's paths. It was 4.30pm, 9½ hard hours after we had started out. Graeme Bartlett completed a traverse from the east ridge of Spidean Mialach over to Gleouraich and … Even a distant Ben Nevis seen in this zoomed shot. The first section is across what sometimes forms the bed of the Loch. But there are two smaller ones at the west end that take the Loch over the natural watershed. Another 15 minute rest, drinking plenty of water and eating the last of my food and we were off. Descending from the summit of Sgùrr a’ Mhaoraich, the high-level cloud that had blighted much of the day slowly began to disperse. Description Gairich is located between Glen Kingie and Loch Quoich. View hierarchy View IIIF manifest He had come up over Gairich from the dam and was planning to return back down Glen Kingie and around the far end of Gairich. Now the going under foot varied between firm and soggy with plenty of ups and downs. We were past it. - E9DXPG dalla libreria Alamy di milioni di fotografie, illustrazioni e vettoriali stock ad alta risoluzione. Parked up at the Loch Quoich dam and then headed across the dam. We had now lost the wall. We walked a couple of hundred metres back along the road to the dam where we had to climb over a gate to access the rampart. There were a few streams to cross and the black soil was occasionally a bit sticky, but it was only about 800m until we were on firmer ground. The Loch is dammed at both its east and its west ends. From the summit ridge three ridges arise, NNW turning N to Meall a' Coire Leith (437m), NNE and finally E to Druim na Geid Salaich. This would also avoid the sometimes horrendously boggy approaches to Gairich on the normal route from the dam on Loch Quoich. And the way on, showing An Eag, Sgurr Beag, Sgurr Mor and Sgurr an Fhuarain respectively. That provided a handrail for further progress and once on the rim the gradient eased. Also you can built a route (driving/walking/cycling) near Lake Loch Quoich. Loch Quoich from Gairich summit. It can be approached via the Dam at the end of Loch Quoich or from the stalkers paths at Strathan, at the head of Loch Arkaig and has fine views in every direction. We did not then know precisely where we would set up camp and there was still much rough ground to cover. As we crossed the dam we began to feel the warmth of … The following morning was foggy and so we made our way carefully to the minor road that leads 22 miles further on to a dead end at Kinloch Hourn. December 2011. The best place to wade the Kingie is near the bothy, Gairich can then be ascended by its western flank passing over Gairich Beag to reach the summit. Parts were still supported by little embankments with dressed stonework. - E9E02D from Alamy's library of millions of … Thank you for taking the trouble to read this blog. Spidean Mialach ( 996m, 3267ft ) and Gleouraich ( 1035m, 3396ft ) in Knoydart. Guidebooks suggest that one should follow a path towards Lochan nam Breac and then make one’s way into the rough corrie of Coire na Cruaiche. December 2011. Loch Quoich Dam From The Road. To the south was Sgurr na Ciche; to the north was the long ridge of Sgurr a’Choire-bheithe. Remarkably cheerful considering that we still had this hill to do – Gairich. ... Drummond Beattie and Val Kemp also enjoyed an excellent day on Gairich with amazing views in all directions. As can be seen from the photo above, the track is deteriorating and was quite wet in places. Gairich is made up of three distinct ridges, the NE and NW ridges form the flanks of Coire Liath and descend to Loch Quoich. But there are two smaller ones at the west end that take the Loch over the natural watershed. climb Gairich would be to canoe across the loch and climb the hill by its broad north ridge. Unfortunately some cloud was coming in. The final section to the summit is a steep climb with one tricky narrow bit. Again we had had a stop here for further refreshment though both water and food were now running low. May 2006: 6th May 2006 : kinley: Cushy Camp on Gairich-Byrdman: Gairich - stunner! 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