We headed off at first light, 7am, for our ascent of the ‘Mountain of Beauty’ as its known in Gaelic, and it certainly lived up to its name. Ron, on holiday from Australia, was here to get some photographs and he couldnt have got a more perfect day. We watched the morning glow of the sun tinge the peaks red around us as we made our way up. The autumn colours were in full spledour with the deer grass turning its deep orange hue, just like the colour of the coats of the red deer hinds and calves that we saw above us in Coire na Laogh, happliy grazing. Reaching the summit Ron was blown away with the 360 degree view reaching over the sea to Lewis, Harris and the Cuillins of Skye and peaks in every other direction including An Teallach, Slioch and Sgurr Mor just to name a few. He snapped away merrily for a good half hour and got some fabulous shots. From the summit we could hear the haunting roar of a rutting stag echoing in the corries below, the first one I’ve heard this year, maybe he will find those hinds we saw earlier….
blog by Mel Gaff