Fannichs

Fannich Munros, 13-15 July 2019

A blog post from one of our mountain adventures in the Scottish hills and mountains. Three days of guiding hiking to bag all 9 Munros in the Fannichs mountain range. Richard Kermode was leading.

Fannich Munros




Day 1 - Eastern Fannichs

The Fannichs are some of the best wild ridge walking in Scotland and meeting up with Fiona, Jennifer, Jeanette, Arun, Stuart and Trevor for our frosty walk there met with a mixed weather forecast. It spoke of clearing up later or at least drying out... We set of towards An Coileachan first after a pleasant walk in on the track before striking off over the second footbridge. It was pretty damp and very heavy going underfoot as we threaded our way between the bogs on route to the summit slopes. There were some very heavy showers as we climbed and they relented a little as we sheltered by the rocky summit with some limited views.

After some lunch the weather slowly improved as we headed over the Beallach Ban and on up Meall Gorm. We spotted some Golden Plovers on the way as well as enjoying the many wild flowers in bloom. It cleared up on top giving us some views along the ridge though Sgurr Mor was still in the cloud, but Loch Fannich was looking good. It didn’t take us long to cross over to the summit slopes of Sgurr Mor though the cloud, wind and rain set in on the way. We were glad of our waterproofs and didn’t linger long on the highest Fannich before descending to the next beallach and finding some shelter for food and drink. We definite did not linger on Beinn Liath Mhor Fannich as we slipped across the boulder field in the rain and descended the eastern slopes to eventually emerge from the cloud. We were soon back at the carpark and heading off to dry out with most of us staying at Aultguish.


Day 2 - Centre part of Fannichs range

The following day was a major improvement as we headed out to Sgurr nan Each first with cloud lifting and the sun burning through it quickly. Our journey up the glen to the beallach was warm and the views a real treat after the first day. A rougher section of walking brought us up on to the ridge and the views of our previous summits made for a brilliant surprise as well as looking out in every direction.

A short walk brought us to the summit of Sgurr nan Each and we enjoyed a rest there soaking in the views. Torridon, Mullardochs, Strathfarrar, Ben Wyvis, Beinn Dearg, Assynt and the Fisherfield were all on display. We went back to the col for lunch before a hot climb saw us on the summit of Sgurr nan Clach Geala enjoying another leisurely break with all the previous hills on display as well as some extras with the greater height. It was lovely to see the huge amount of Mossy Cyphel on the summit too flowering away.

Our day kept getting better as we descended the rocky northern ridge to the views of Sgurr Mor across the lochan near Clach Mhor na Beuchdaich. Shortly after this we encountered a group of Ptarmigan almost invisibly in the boulders. A real treat. It didn’t take us long to reach the top of Meall a’Chrasgaidh and another long rest in the sunshine. The descent is pretty much route one from here and we were soon back in the glen after a steep walk down and heading back to the car park thinking about some refreshment outside at the inn!


Day 3 - Western Fannichs

Our final day in the Fannichs saw us head back to our start point from day two and climbing up the long ridge to Toman Coinnich in the sunshine. It was a hot climb and we were extremely grateful for the light breeze on the higher ground. Again we enjoyed plenty of wild flowers as well as some more Golden Plovers calling out in the grass, but the bonus today was a Golden Eagle soaring above us for a short while on the main climb. It made everything look so effortless.

We had lunch on the top of Sgurr Bhreac in glorious sunshine with views in every direction again making it really hard on the eyes! The ridge over to A’Chailleach is Fannich-tastic with the Fisherfeild feeling very close. It was a splendid final summit and we could see all our hills from the previous days walking. We returned to Toman Coinnich and walked back the way we had climbed enjoying the views of An Teallach all the way. It was beginning to cloud over the sky and as we returned to the cars we were glad the breeze had followed us down the hill. Back to the Inn for a cold drink and farewells after a great trip!

More photos by Richard Kermode are here on Flickr.



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