Not Beinn na Caillich

Saturday 25 May. Bea didn’t fancy doing The Pap of Glencoe (2,410ft) as it looked too “pointy”. Instead, we made our way to Kinlochleven to have a look at Beinn na Caillich (2,480ft). Starting at 80ft, just above the loch, we made our way uphill to pick up the route of the West Highland Way. When we reached the 750ft contour, we could see that the path up Beinn na Caillich looked rather steep and we would have had a climb of a further 1,800ft to reach the summit. It was a hot day and I didn’t fancy it so we abandoned the walk and returned to the car. This short walk was just 2.66 miles but still had a total ascent of 950ft.

After coffee in Kinlochleven, we made our way to Glen Coe to tackle the “Lost Valley” walk. This took us between Gearr Aonach and Beinn Fhada on a path that climbed alongside Allt Coire Gabhail. Again, it was a short walk; only 2.3 miles but with 975ft of ascent. The climb was though, well worth it as when we reached the top we were rewarded with splendid views up towards Bidean nam Bian where, sadly, 4 walkers fell to their death this winter.

The day didn’t quite go to plan and although we only walked 5 miles, this included almost 2,000ft of ascent undertaken in glorious sunshine. A good way to end an enjoyable holiday.

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