Having joined Mountaineering Scotland specifically so that we could get access to the Glen Strathfarrar Munros it was great to get the conditions to enjoy this classic remote walk on such a stunning day.
We woke up to a hard frost and a cold van due to an unexpectedly clear morning. We drove up the Glen as early as we were allowed to, and it was a beautiful morning as the sun was rising over the mountains. We dropped a bike at the end of the circuit to enable a 6km cycle back down the road to the van, rather than having to walk down the road.
The ascent was very warm in the morning sun and out of the wind, but we soon climbed up into the wind. The views throughout the day were fantastic and we could see massive amount of Scotland. To the north we could see Ben Wyvis, Beinn Dearg, the Fannichs, the Fisherfield, Torridon. To the south we could see the Cuillin Ridge, the Affric hills, the Mullardoch hills, Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor, Creag Meagaidh and over to the Cairngorms.
The walking along the ridge was very straightforward but enjoyable due to the evolving views. As the day went on the cloud progressively built, and the wind got stronger as forecast. We made good time along the ridge despite the best effort of the wind which at times made walking very arduous.
The descent was quick and easy due to an excellent stalkers path and we were soon back down at the bike. After a tiring cycle into the wind I got back to the van, and was very glad that I hadn’t had to walk down the road. After a cup of tea in the van we enjoyed the drive back out of Glen Strathfarrar as the sun was starting to set.