Walk in Britain, Beinn Ghobhlach, ascent 739m, length 10.9km
Peter Walker: Track 3843 in area near Beinn Ghobhlach, Loch Maree to Loch Broom (Britain)
Length: 10.9km, Creator time taken: 3h12m, Ascent: 739m, Descent: 709m
Places:Start at NH05582 91880, Beinn Ghobhlach, end at NH04373 92318 1.3km W from Start Logged as completed by 1
When you're told that you can do a walk in the morning if you're quick because your other half fancies wandering around Inverewe Gardens in the afternoon, the (relatively) small hill you've been looking at from your lounge window across Little Loch Broom all week suddenly becomes very handy. Beinn Ghobhlach is situated on a peninsula between said little loch and its bigger sibling Loch Broom, and a quick glance at the map will tell you that said siting provides it was marvellous views up and down one of Britain's finest coastlines.
It was a long drive round to the start at the hamlet of Badrallach along a minor road far more used for a thoroughfare by sheep than cars. From here a footpath runs along the coast to Scoraig under the southern slopes of Beinn Ghobhlach. This provides the start to the ascent, and I followed it for around 1km before striking straight up the slopes of the subsidiary ridge separating me from the main hill. This required a bit of puffing to overcome tiredness from the day before, an early start and injury-wrought-lack-of-fitness (I'm sure I can come up with some more excuses if you give me a minute) but it was only around 250m of height gain, and once the ridge was crossed I dropped down to two substantial lochans (Loch na h-Uidhe and Loch na Coireig, natch) under the gaze of Beinn Ghobhlach itself. I walked between them and then struck upwards, another wheezy 300m or so of ascent gained the stony shoulder just west of the top.
Beinn Ghobhlach is undoubtedly a cracking little belvedere, steep slopes plunging down to the twin sea lochs giving great depth to the views. Prominent are the big dome of Sail Mhor across Little Loch Broom, backed by the An Teallach range, and to the north Loch Broom separates you from the imposing mountain wall of Ben Mor Coigach. I walked on around the rim over Loch Broom, the morning still enough for me to clearly hear the conversation of two fisherman on it over 600m below, pausing atop the steep prow falling to Little Loch Broom, before dropping down into Coire Dearg and picking my way down to the Scoraig path for the return. This is actually an excellent end to the walk, the route being cut into the cliff face in some sections.
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