October started with a bang this year, rewarding us with the most amazing weather. And Tuesday was no different. I met Gary and Mary, who have been coming to the Torridon area for the last 20+ years, along with their friends. Jacqui and Geraint were first time visitors to Scotland, but I’m pretty sure it wont be their last visit.
Gary & Mary have done plenty of walking in the Torridon area, but have never ventured onto the higher tops. They picked an absolute cracker of a day, wall-to-wall sunshine and blue skies. They all enjoyed ascending Beinn Alligin via the Horns and were pleasantly surprised that they looked worse than they actually are and quickly, we were on the summit of Sgurr Mor. The visibility from the top was so good we could see as far West as the Outer Hebrides, North to Ullapool and South to Glen Shiel. The East was cloudy, but it didn’t matter, as West was best today!
We moved well down to the dramatic Eag Dubh, that everyone had been looking at in awe from the hotel that morning. Before long we were ascending Tom na Gruagaich via a few wee scrambly sections and onto the rocky tower at the summit.
Throughout the descent, we were rewarded with more wonderful views, with the spectacular October light casting long shadows across the surrounding hills. Plus, our soundtrack of the day consisted of the Stags roaring and the Ptarmigan croaking in the Coires below, what a great time of year!
We returned to the car park with big smiling happy faces. Well done everyone, what a wonderful day. Be sure to bring that great weather with you the next time you are back!
blog by Kirsty Chuchla, more photos on our facebook page