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Sgurr na h-Eanchainne

Posted in scottishhills.com with tags , on November 30, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

We’d always fancied doing Sgurr na h-Eanchainne but somehow other hills always seem more convenient. So staying at Corran Bunkhouse for the November Scottish Hills meet seemed an ideal opportunity to finally attempt it especially as Elaina and Seona were keen to have an easy day in order to get back in time to see the Scotland v Argentina rugby international.

We got the 9.20 ferry and popped into the Ardgour Inn to find out whether they had a TV for the rugby later. The good news was yes they did but the bad news was that they didn’t open until 4pm, not much good for a 2.30 kick off! So off we set thinking we might have to drive to Kinlochleven to maybe catch the second half…ever the optimists…if only!

Steve and Seona discuss where we definitely won’t be descending…hmmm, see photo at end of report!

We walked 2km along the A861 to NN014657 then headed on to the open hillside. Not much in the way of a path but no real difficulties either as we headed for Beinn na Cille.

Steve and Seona head off through the bracken, not for the first time…

We were rewarded with some fantastic views of the Ben, the Ballachulish horseshoe and eventually the Mamores as the cloud lifted. However as we approached Sgurr na h-Eanchainne the mist came in and we only got limited views from the summit.

Seona and Elaina approach the summit

Happy trio at the summit!

Looking across to Ben Nevis

The usual route is to skirt around Coire Dubh via Druim na Sgriodain but mindful of the 2.30 rugby kick off we decided on a direct descent off the south-east ridge which proved to be an “entertaining” choice! Let’s just say there was some interesting route finding involving crags, clambering through trees and man (and woman!) eating bracken which at one point involved minor surgery, unfortunately the nurse in the party was the patient!

Elaina tries to stay upright on a steep section!


Steve and Seona negotiating another steep grassy slope

Hmmm, this is what happened to the last creature on this route!

Elaina versus bushes and bracken! Almost as entertaining as the rugby!

Looking back to where we descended, err doesn’t that look familiar?

Anyway we eventually got back to the road and by the time we got back to the Ardgour Inn it was 3.58pm, how convenient, just in time for the pub opening and the last twenty minutes of the rugby! We had been keeping up to date with the score through texts being sent to Seona and knew that Scotland were leading 6-3. Unfortunately as soon as we started watching Argentina drew level and shortly afterwards went into a 9-6 went on to win 9-6. Maybe we should have stayed on the hill a bit longer!

At this point Elaina and Seona announced that they also wanted to watch the Wales v Australia match so after a quick chat with the barman we determined that we could get the 4.30pm ferry back to Corran for a quick shower then return to Ardgour to the 5.15pm kick off. Unfortunately the girls had misheard and thought we were getting the ferry at 4.45pm so when I hinted at 4.27pm that they might want to finish their pints they had to ask the barman to keep their drinks for their return! On our return NeillyDunn (Des) had joined us and was most impressed when the barman produced two drinks for Elaina and Seona without them even speaking!

We enjoyed (or should that be suffered!) the rugby and we then returned back to the Corran Inn as that was where everyone else was eating. Our appetites had already been whetted by the food being served in the Ardgour. However we were not inspired by the Corran menu so we decided to hop back on the ferry to eat at the Ardgour Inn! We had an excellent meal including the intriguingly named “Hanky Panky” pudding!

Thankfully we managed to get the last ferry back to the “mainland”! What the ferryman thought of our antics I’m not sure! By this time the rest of the crowd had moved on to the Four Seasons pub at Inchree so we joined them for more beers and chat.

Brilliant day and another excellent meet in great company. Thanks to Kinley for organising the meet – just hope he forgives us for not eating at the Corran Inn – I’m afraid the offer of hanky panky was just too much to resist!

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It’s never dull in Hull!

Posted in Hull City with tags on November 25, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Well no-one can complain that they aren’t getting value for money at the KC Stadium these days! After Saturday’s comeback from 2-0 down to draw 3-3 with West Ham tonight we went 3-0 up in 30 minutes but then had to battle to hold on for a 3-2 win. I’ve always said that you can never relax unless City have at least a 3 goal lead and even then it’s still not a certainty as tonight almost proved!

And of course before that we came from 1-0 down to beat Stoke 2-1. So that’s three games undefeated, the first time that’s happened since we got promoted to the Premier League. Let’s hope we can keep it up and regain the form from this time last year!

Snow on the way…?

Posted in Hull City, scottishhills.com, Snow, Weather with tags , , , on November 23, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Yes, it’s that time of year again when hopefully we might get a dusting of snow on the hills. There has already been a dusting on the Cairngorms and the forecast is looking quite promising for the west this weekend. Which would be very well timed as we are heading north to stay at the Corran Bunkhouse with a crowd from scottishhills.com!

Of course that’s if I survive watching the Tigers play Everton on Wednesday night…I’m not sure my heart can cope with another game like Saturday’s 3-3 draw with West Ham! Still that’s us up the fifth from bottom!

Munro: Mountain Man

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Just a quick heads up for anyone who missed it first time round the documentary “Munro: Mountain Man” is repeated on BBC4 at 7pm tonight. And if you watch very, very carefully you will see yours truly out of focus in the background of the Clachaig Inn! I was en-route up north to Ullapool back in May and stopped off for a bite to eat. As I walked in I saw a camera and asked the barman what they were filming. He wasn’t really sure but then I recognised Nick Crane who was chatting to folk about their Munro adventures. He was really looking for couple or groups to interview on camera so I was spared actually being interviewed! However I did have a quick chat with him and it turned out they’d been up Bidean the day before in a blizzard! And were then heading further north to Skye and An Teallach. As you will see on the programme they got absolutely fantastic weather just as we did.

“Outdoors blogs well worth reading”…hmmm

Posted in outdoorsmagic.com, scottishhills.com with tags , , on November 20, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Apologies for the length of time since my last post…I was actually wondering whether it was worth carrying on with the blog as I do sometimes wonder if folk are actually interested in reading my ramblings!

Anyway it would seem I will have to keep posting as I have just seen that the new edition of the MCoS “Scottish Mountaineer” magazine have an article on “Hill walking on the web” and for some obscure reason think that this blog is “an outdoors blog well worth reading”. Now I’m not really sure about that but I guess someone must be reading it!

Last weekend we ventured south to Langdale in the Lake District for an outdoorsmagic meet. The weather wasn’t great and things weren’t helped by yours truly being sick on Friday night. not much walking and no photos unfortunately. Still had a good time meeting up with old and new friends. At least we went last weekend – if it had been this weekend we probably wouldn’t even have got there!

Next weekend we are heading north to Corran Bunkhouse with scottishhills.com. Hopefully the weather will pick up and there might even be a dusting of the white stuff on the tops. And photos!