08.09.2011 - 08.09.2011 13 °C
Grey clouds, a bit of rain, mist, patches of sun. Just another day in the Scottish hills. We drove the same route as to Sunday's walk to Suiainebhal and continued to the end of the road.
The walk started with picking our way through the heather along the coastline for a short time before beginning the ascent of Griomabhal (497m). Again, it's not very high but when you look at it from different angles, the hill is impressive. It has a near vertical slab rock face on one side but we had a fairly easy ascent up a ridge from the coast. As we approached the summit the wind picked up and the cloud descended and we were left sheltering in the summit cairn without views. After a quick rest we continued over the summit, Louise navigating by compass until we cleared the cloud.
We descended to a loch on a saddle and sheltered behind a rock while it tipped down for a few minutes. Despite these patches of bad weather we could see it was clearing so climbed to the summit of Naideabhal a Muigh (~435m). We admired the neighbouring summit but didn't have time to bag it today. And the route is a bit uncertain so we thought we might leave that for another day. We began by following the ridge down to the coast until I said 'why don't we just go straight down?' This had the potential for us to be bluffed out but we found a straight forward route down (though if you looked back at the way we came you might disagree). As we were resting I spotted some deer on a ridge. At least five of them. We saw them a bit closer up 10 minutes later so I was quite pleased to add them to my wildlife tally.
It was another great day in the hills and we are satisfied if a little tired.