|Slioch Summit, looking North West to Loch Maree, the Trotternish Peninsula of Skye, Harris & Lewis.|
Munro #133 : Slioch
Slioch was a hill I had wanted to climb for a long time. After one aborted attempt due to snow a few weeks previous, we were back in the car and making the long trek back up to Torridon. Empty roads early on a Sunday morning meant good progress and we covered the distance from Alford to Kinlochewe in under 3 hours.
|Standard Tourist View|
|Kinlochewe River & Slioch|
|Approaching Loch Maree|
The walk in is beautiful. We came across a large herd of wild Mountain Goats, grazing at the side of the loch.
|Another Mountain Goat|
After a kilometre or so, the terrain steepens and becomes rockier. The path picks a route between Sgurr Dubh and Meall Each, getting steeper until eventually we reach the corrie of Coire na Sleaghaich. We stop here for a short break, admiring the view back down to Loch Maree and the view across to the Fannichs, which are slowly beginning to reveal themselves.
|Beinn Eighe & Loch Maree|
|Coire na Sleaghhaich|
The path curves left into the massive corrie. From here, we can see a zig-zag path making its way up the corrie headwall towards the twin lochans. This seems like the logical ascent route. However, there are a few walkers in front of us and they're all making for a steep grassy wall to the left of the corrie. It's nearer and it will save us crossing the peat hags in the corrie bowl so we opt to follow the crowd. I don't like steep grassy slopes. Give me something to scramble up and I'll be fine but steep grass unnerves me. Nothing for it though, but to dig in and get it over with.
|The steep grassy headwall. Not my idea of fun! [photo by Marshall]|
|Gaining the Ridge|
Upon gaining the crest of the ridge, the views to the west opened out - Loch Maree, with Beinn Eighe towering over it, while the rest of the Torridon hills lurked in the background.
|Beinn Eighe & Loch Maree Panorama|
After a short rest break, we followed the wide ridge over a few undulations until the twin lochans sprang into view. The views from here were superb, lookin gup the length of Loch Maree towards Poolewe and Gairloch, with the Trotternish Peninsula of Skye and Harris in the far distance.
|Twin Lochans Panorama|
|Above the Twin Lochans|
|All the Way Back|
|Summit in Sight|
|To the Islands|
|Lone Walker & An Teallach|
|Slioch North Top|
|Into the Wilderness|
|From North to South|
|Slioch Summit Panorama|
|East Ridge to Sgurr an Tuill Bhain|
|Back to Slioch|
|Marshall on Sgurr an Tuill Bhain Summit|
|The Slioch Circuit Panorama|
The walk out felt much longer than the walk in. The temperature was still high and the 5km back along the glen was a grind - past the goats, across the bridges and past the cemetery until the car park came into view at Incheril, exactly 9 hours after setting off. All that was left was a 3 hour drive back home, with pit stops at Nairn for fuel and Forres for tea.