Sgurr na Bana-Mhoraire

With another day of cold weather and strong winds we decided to have a short walk up Sgurr na Bana-Mhoraire, which is a stunning viewpoint overlooking Loch Torridon on the shoulder of Beinn Damh.

The walk up was on an excellent track, so we made good time to the summit. The views from the top did not disappoint, and we were glad that we didn’t need to spend too long in the winds on the summit ridge!

Stunning views down towards Beinn Bhan

Looking over Loch Torridon towards Beinn Alligin

Stunning scenary

Panorama of the Torridon mountains

Summit photo

Looking over towards Liathach



Deep South Gully & Beinn Alligin

The whole country seemed to have forecasts for heavy snow, apart from the small part of north west Scotland around Torridon. Despite the lack of a forecast for snow, the forecast did remain bitterly cold with temperatures of -10 being forecast on the summits, with easterly winds which were gusting up to 50mph and a “feels like” temperature of -30 according to the Met Office.

Due to this we developed the plan to walk around to the back of Beinn Alligin and climb the atmospheric looking Deep South Gully as the descent off the back is quick, which should have limited our exposure to the strong winds.

We made quick progress around to the back of Beinn Alligin, and despite forgetting the guidebook, easily identified the gully. There was bomber neve all the way up the gully, which extended down to the valley floor. This enabled us to make rapid progress up the gully, which was fantastic. It was very atmospheric inside the deep sided valley, which combined with the snow quality made for a very enjoyable climb.

We were surprised when we got to the top to find that it wasn’t too windy, so we decided to head over and do the traverse of Beinn Alligin. We powered across the route without stopping to keep warm, but it wasn’t too bad as somehow we were mostly sheltered from the wind. When we weren’t the wind was brutal!

The descent gully was very much in the wind, and combined with the reduction in effort on the descent meant that it was very very cold! We made quick progress on the descent and were back in the car in under five hours.

In the entrance to Deep South Gully

Icy crux to Deep South Gully

Looking back down the atmospheric Deep South Gully

Topping out of Deep South Gully

Looking forward over the final horn

Jon and James on the final horn

Jon and James descending from the final horn

On the slog up to the first Munro

Stunning views from the top of Sgùrr Mòr

Looking towards Skye

Looking over towards Liathach

Approaching Tom na Gruagaich

James and Jon on Tom na Gruagaich

Descending from Tom na Gruagaich

Stunning views over Liathach and Loch Torridon


After three days of walking and seven Munros our legs were starting to feel fairly tired. As the weather for the rest of the week is looking somewhat more unsettled we decided to have a short day and climb our local Munro, Moruisg.

We woke up in the morning to a surprise covering of snow, which made the walk into the mountain very attractive. The walk is very short, but with lots of ascent over a short distance. As we finished the steep section of the ascent we were greeted by a very strong and cold wind, this combined with the intermittent low cloud cover felt far more like Scottish winter than the last few days!

The summit was very cold, so other than a brief photo we didn’t spend much time there before heading back down as quickly as possible. On the way down the cloud lifted and provided us with some stunning views of the local mountains, we could even see the grand Glencarron estate house which we are staying in on the descent.

Climbing Moruisg with Glencarron in the background

Climbing Moruisg

Windy summit ridge on Moruisg

Becky on the summit of Moruisg

Group summit photo

Descending from Moruisg

Sun on the descent

Stunning views down Glencarron

Beinn Liath Mhòr and Sgorr Ruadh

With yet another stunning forecast we decided to make the most of it in Torridon by getting up high and doing a long walk. As we had previously done the classic ridges of An Teallach, Liathach and Beinn Alligin we elected to do a horseshoe involving Beinn Liath Mhòr and Sgorr Ruadh.

It ended up being a longer day than we expected, but it was absolutely amazing. We made quick progress up the valley to the ascent up to the ridge on Beinn Liath Mhòr. The ascent was very steep and felt like very hard work after the previous few days. Once we were on the ridge it was fairly cold in the wind, but we had stunning views of the hills above Torridon.

We made fairly slow progress along the ridge as there was a mixture of rock and snow and we had to take our crampons on and off a few times. The final ridge up to the summit was amazing with stunning views of all of the mountains above Torridon.

The descent to the col before Sgorr Ruadh took a while and we considered our options as we were getting tired and it was starting to get late. We decided that we had enough time and wanted to make the most of the improving weather, and it was certainly the right decision.

After a short section of steep snow we made it onto the ridge and were greeted with absolutely stunning views. These views just got better and better as we climbed up the alpine looking ridge which made the final climb an absolute joy. The 360 degree panorama from the summit was something else and probably one of the best views I have had in Scotland. We had views of Skye, Beinn Alligin, Liathach, Beinn Eighe, An Teallach, Beinn Dearg, The Fannaichs, the Glen Shiel hills, Ben Nevis and many many more.

The descent continued to provide changing views and good conditions in the setting sun. As the sun set the moon came out and provided us with a moonlit descent back down to the valley.

Looking up at Fuar Tholl and Sgorr Ruadh

Becky and Dave on the Beinn Liath Mhor ridge

Becky and Dave in front of Fuar Tholl

Great views to the south west

Becky and Dave on the Beinn Liath Mhor ridge

Becky and Dave on the Beinn Liath Mhor ridge

Becky and Dave on Beinn Liath Mhor

Stunning ridge up to Sgorr Ruadh

Amazing views of Torridon while climbing up to Sgorr Ruadh

Stunning views of Beinn Alligin and Liathach

Stunning views of all the Toridon hills

Becky on the summit of Sgor Ruadh

Unbelievable summit panorama from Sgorr Ruadh

Descending from the summit of Sgorr Ruadh in the evneing light