September Weekend to Ullapool

12 members travelled north for the September Weekend and stayed at the very comfortable Harbour House in Ullapool. All travelled up on Friday, arriving during the afternoon and evening. Bob had planned a walk but was thwarted by roadworks at his starting point and instead he walked up to the viewpoint above Ullapool and continued to Meall Mor. Mark and Miriam climbed the Graham, Carn nan Tri-tighearnan, just south of Inverness.  Having started late, they were among the later arrivals at Ullapool.

The weather was taking on a decidedly autumnal feel with frequent squally showers, so Hilary and Susan decided to make a day trip to Stornoway and visit Lews Castle. Justin and James travelled round past Braemore Junction and walked down the shore of Loch a’Bhraoin before ascending the Corbett Creag Rainich. In between showers, there were great views of the Fannich and Fisherfield Hills

Meanwhile Mark, Steven, Heidi and Bob headed northwards for the Graham Beinn an Eoin. Gordon and Andrew sought out the delights of Ullapool and its surrounding area. Heidi’s husband Alex headed out for a cycle ride but had a fall. Fortunately some nearby charity triathlon organisers were able to patch him up and help him back to the hotel.

Miriam on Carn nan Tri-tighearnan  On Beinn an Eoin  Descending from Beinn an Eoin  Pinnacles en rute to Sgorr Tuath  Sgorr Tuath  View

Everyone met up for dinner at the Ceilidh Place on Saturday night. Both Alex and Justin had to travel home during the Sunday.

Sunday’s weather forecast was slightly better so Hilary, Steven, Heidi and Susan made the low level walk along the shore of Little Loch Broom from Badralloch to the village of Scoraig and enjoyed the hospitality of the local tea room before retracing their steps.

Mark and Miriam had a long day bagging Miriam’s outstanding Munro Top on An Teallach, Sgurr Creag an Eich, which involved climbing both the An Teallach Munros on the way. Descending late in the day to Dundonnell, they decided to eat at the local hotel.

Gordon and Andrew made a short day trip to Stornoway but the sea was considerably rougher than the day before and the timetable meant they had only a short time to explore the town.

Meanwhile Bob made a circuit of Stac Pollaidh with a trip to its col but without a summit visit on the slippery rock.

James cycled along the good track down Strath Vaich and climbed the Corbett Beinn a’Chaisteil where there were views south to Ben Wyvis and north over the Beinn Dearg and Seana Bhraigh groups.

8 members ate at the busy Seaforth Hotel on Sunday night before all made their way south on Monday. There was definitely a feel of the changing of the seasons during the weekend but based in a comfortable hotel, everyone was able to get out and make the most of the weekend.

James Anderson

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