Gulvain and Braigh nan Uamhachan

After making a first hill walking visit to the Glenfinnan area earlier in the year, two of us were keen to return in better weather to see more of the area, on a day with better views from the tops.

A late call had us back on an absolutely stunning day, perhaps the nicest of the year at the time. Friday night’s drive up itself had been a joy and promised much itself with lovely light on the hills and latterly a red-sky-shepherd’s-delight forecast.

After walking up Gulvain we dropped to the west at the bealach between its two summit tops and crossed over to Braigh nan Uamhachan. Traversing its southern ridge, we enjoyed views along the length of Loch Shiel and beyond, before dropping down to re-join the approach path in.

Despite encountering some rough ground on the the high crossing and descents from both hills, this proved to be a great route choice with great views all around, especially to Ben Nevis, south over Loch Shiel and out to the isles of Skye and Rum and into Knoydart too, though Loch Arkaig remained largely hidden from us. I can’t remember the last time so long was spent lingering at summits in warmth, taking in such a wide expanse of scenery.

To the west, Streap was a potential extra hill to link up with, but would have pushed a day, already tiring enough, into knackering territory and would have resulted in a bit of tarmac pounding at the end too. Something to look forward to in future anyway and a potential high camp with a fine set of views all around.

If only we could have stayed up high for sunset, which was surely to be a repeat of the previous night’s one, but with the recent spring-forward in the clocks, the days were already stretching and it would have required a four hour delay before our long drive home.


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