Highways into and out of Glen Affric

After a rainy day in Glen Shiel, distracted from the worst of it by fun on the Forcan Ridge…

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… we switched sides and headed into Glen Affric via the first of two high routes, taking in the summits of A’Chraileag and Mullach Fraoch-choire.

Having accessed Glen Affric in the past from the east, it was nice to return, but by this new approach from the south – great scenery all around and the prospect of a comfortable hostel to descend to.

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Last of the sun’s light – though not much warmth – enjoyed on the hills surrounding the hostel at Alltbeithe….

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… and eventually a starry night too. Getting up for the toilet during the night required going out to the other building, which coincided with a full moon rising above Ciste Dhubh, but it was far too cold out and my bed too warm to attempt getting a picture.

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We passed wreckage from a plane crash, which unbelievably involved no casualties.

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Retreat from Glen Affric was by passing over Ciste Dhubh and Am Bathach, which are linked by a scenic ridge – our third of the weekend. Great views into Gleann Lichd and down the length of the hill range separating it from Glen Shiel to the south.

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A stunning weekend of walking in an area I need to head back to soon. Gleann Lichd is calling as is a re-visit to the hulk of Beinn Fhada after seeing it from new angles.

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