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Martin's Final Munro Weekend

Friday 30 April to Tuesday 4 May 2004

Final Munro Day - Sunday 2 May


The cast:


Sue and Martin Camping - arriving Friday
Mike Pope Camping - arriving Friday or Saturday
Don and Liz Weir Camping
Jill Stinchcombe Camping - arriving Friday
Alan and Sue Mardell Cluanie Inn - Friday to Sunday
Martin Scoular and Margriet The best B & Bin Scotland - The Firs, Ratagan
Jon Metcalf Trekkers Lodge, Kintail Hotel
Alastair, Hazel and Andrew Roberts Holiday Cottage, Hazel and Andrew not walking
Julie Brown Camping
Phil and Sue Williams Camping
Graham Illing and Tove Hauer Conchra House, Ardelve, Dornie
Melinda and Richard Kinsman Camping
Chris Smartt and Alys Vaughan-Williams Camping - arriving Saturday
Andrew Johnston Camping
Pete Hill (subject to flying conditions) Camping
Bill Strang and Alison Philip Kintail Lodge on 2/5, Tomdoun Hotel before that
Dave Sorenson Camping
Rupert Weare Camping (+ Catherine?)
Simon Lucas  Sunday only
David and Janet Jardine Sunday night only
Carolyn Roberts and John Layton Camping - arriving Friday in Scotland
Ian and Janette Douglas Glomach House B&B - Sat/Sunday

There is no limit on numbers - anyone else who would like to come is most welcome.


As already advised, those camping at Shiel Bridge camp site will have to make do without the toilet
block - it's under construction. There are toilets 50m away at the shop, and the owner says we can
use his home shower for £1 a go. On the plus side, the ground is flat and green, there shouldn't be
a serious insect problem, and the charge is only £2.50 pppn.

Sunday evening food

Tables have been booked for bar meals for 25 to 30 people (that looks like needing slight adjustment)
at the
Kintail Lodge Hotel (walking distance from campsite) for 7.30pm on Sunday 2 May.
Meet in the bar at 7pm. Here's the menu - we'll be testing it on Saturday.
There should also be some 'daily specials'.

Soup £2.75
Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Salad £3.75
Chef's Terrine with Spiced Chutney, Salad Leaves & Toast £4.75
Scottish Smoked Salmon garnished with Capers £4.75
Warm Smoked Haddock & Leek Tart £4.75
Smoked Chicken Salad with a Honey & Mustard Dressing £4.75/£7.95
Seafood Risotto £4.75/£8.95
Fresh Haddock Fillet in Beer Batter with Chips & Peas £7.95
Fillet of Scottish Salmon on Mashed Potato with a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce £8.95
Traditional Scottish Haggis (Veggie version also available) served with Clapshot and a Whisky Gravy £7.95
Coq a Leekie Pie with Chips and Vegetables £8.95
Roast vegetable & Penne Pasta bound in a Roasted Red Pepper Pesto £7.95
Venison & Red Wine Casserole served with Mash and Seasonal Vegetables £9.95
Lamb Shank braised with Spring Vegetables served on Mash with Rosemary Gravy £9.95
8oz Scottish Sirloin Steak served with Mushrooms & Onions £13.95
Puddings - all £4.25:  
Chocolate & Jaffa Mousse Cake  
Baked Rhubarb & Ginger Crumble with Custard  
Banana & Toffee Ice-cream Sundae  
Lemon Curd Tart with Berry Compote  
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce  
Trio of Luxury Ice-creams  
Selection of Scottish Cheeses with Biscuits  

There are also childrens' meals for £3.75

The Walks

I've not included any maps on this page due to the time it takes for them to upload for those
without broadband, but Sue and I plan to do the following:

We will arrive Friday afternoon and will be eating at the Cluanie Inn.

On Saturday we plan to climb A' Chralaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire, a 6 hour circuit from just east of the Cluanie Inn. We will meet anyone who would like to join us at the Shiel Bridge campsite at 9.30am or at the Cluanie Inn at 9.45am (we may stop for a coffee there). So we should be back in plenty of time for a bar meal at Kintail Lodge.
Jill plans to do Beinn Sgritheall on Saturday and would welcome some company.
Sunday is the day of the final Munro.
The original plan to ascend directly from the campsite has been overtaken by a desire to get everyone to the top by the shortest route possible. So I will be starting in Glen Shiel about 3 miles up the glen from the camp site, half a mile south east of a small quarry at Achnangart. Meet at the campsite at 9.15 or at the start of the walk (NG 968 142 - OS 1:50,000 Sheet 33) at 9.30am. That should get us to the summit by 12.30 to 1pm. The first half of the ascent is up a stalkers path, so anyone arriving late should simply bomb up it to catch up with the main group, which will include some slower walkers.
Anyone who thinks they will be very slow should perhaps start with Jon at 8.30. He climbs at a modest pace and is excellent company. Jon won't be doing the Forcan Ridge (yes, my final Munro walk incorporates one of Scotland's classic scrambles) so anyone with a nervous disposition for heights can either join him or start with the rest of us and skirt around the difficulties by following an alternative route after two thirds of the ascent. The crest of the Forcan Ridge is a grade 2 scramble, but if a number of easy options just below the crest are taken it is a grade 1 scramble - that's the same grade as the traverse of Crib Goch or the north ridge of Tryfan. The alternative that Jon will be taking doesn't involve any scrambling.
If the weather is bad only the very (fool?)hardy will be braving the Forcan Ridge.
After the summit celebrations, I will be descending by Jon's ascent route to the Bealach Coire Mhalagain. I may be persuaded to start my second round of Munros with an ascent of Sgurr na Sgine, or will just return to the stalkers path and stroll back down. There are various alternative routes down, none particularly demanding, and the day as a whole is fairly short by 'Munro bagging' standards (this was kept to last when I realised the rest of my 'final fifty' were all long days out).

And we reconvene in the Kintail Lodge bar by 7pm, as noted above.

Monday will probably see us on Skye with either an ascent of Blaven or a walk from Sligachan, the route of which will depend on the weather. Sue and I will try to get to the 'Slig' by 10am should anyone wish to join us.

Graham and Tove are staying lower and more local - their objectives for Monday are Meall Sguman (544m) and Auchtertyre Hill (452m) - certainly worthy of consideration, especially if the weather is bad. Anyone interested should discuss arrangements with Graham on Sunday.

And on Tuesday we go home....
Hope this helps, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the weekend.


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