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United Kingdom : Scotland

3.8 km (2.4 miles) SSE of Knockan, Highland, Scotland, UK
Approx. altitude: 434 m (1423 ft)
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Antipode: 58°S 175°E

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: coordinates #3: view east #4: view south #5: view west #6: moor frog #7: peat canyon #8: pine root #9: the silhouette of Ben Mor Coigach, west of the CP

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  58°N 5°W (visit #3) (secondary) 

#1: view north from 50 m N of the CP

(visited by Ingo Scholz)

29-Aug-2006 -- I found a place for the car exactly 6.2 km west of the CP (on 58°00’00.5”N) in Drumrunie near the turnoff to Achnahaird from the A 835 (Drumrunie is marked as locality in the map, but it is just one house with a second one a little further up the road).

When I started my walk at 10.30 the weather improved a little after heavy rain showers during the night and in the morning. So I put on my wellingtons and took as little luggage as possible, cause the way through the boggy grounds of the Cromalt Hills seemed quite challenging (beside the GPS receiver, my camera, a chocolate and an apple I took along an umbrella, what turned out as a really helpful decision).

For the way back to the car it was not necessary to set any waypoints, cause the mighty silhouette of Ben Mor Coigach was all the time visible as landmark in the West. Just after one kilometre and a few ups and downs with diversions for crossing small canyons, the first rain shower came in from the northwest. I took shelter behind a small hill of heather bushes and used the umbrella as protective barrier against the flurries.

The rain fell in almost horizontally and so I kept totally dry behind my shelter. The pleasant side of these summer showers is, they don`t last very long and the clear air afterwards turns your vicinity into a new world of light and colours.

So after 15 minutes and a piece of chocolate I could carry on for the next two kilometres before the shower-shelter-spectacle recurred. Now the track became a little tricky by crossing fields of peaty canyons, a few meters deep and filled with inscrutable water bodies after the rain. But there was always a way through and around, in which the main roads of the wandering deer gave useful advices. From time to time the working water revealed some roots of long gone pine trees, lonely witnesses of forest covered hills before deforestation (for what reason ever … must have been another kind of beautiful landscape, having in mind the relicts of Celtic Pine forests e.g. in Glen Affric or Glen Strathfarrar).

After 3.15 hours and another rain storm I reached the CP, almost on a ridge on 430m altitude. Just stepping 50m north on the top of the ridge you have a magnificent panoramic view, overlooking Loch Urigill in the North with even the distinctive silhouette of the Suilven in the Northwest.

For the way back I confided in the tracks of the deer from the beginning, leading me in a safe mode through the canyons and bogs (it seems the deer take the silhouette of Ben Mor Coigach also as a landmark. After all diversions to catch accessible terrain, their routes always find their direction to the West). So my way back appeared more quick and pleasant and I found back to the car at 16.15

I can recommend this CP as a real beautiful challenge. With some indispensable waterproof boots, a good condition and an umbrella, of course, you will achieve a pleasurably hike through the Scottish Highlands.


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#1: view north from 50 m N of the CP
#2: coordinates
#3: view east
#4: view south
#5: view west
#6: moor frog
#7: peat canyon
#8: pine root
#9: the silhouette of Ben Mor Coigach, west of the CP
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