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Duilisg, Plockton 4-11 April 2009
This was our first visit to Duilisg in Plockton, near Kyle of Lochalsh.

Sue and I were joined by Chris and Avril, Andrew, Martin S ('Bagger Martin'), and for one night only - David and Janet - in another very well appointed and well equipped cottage.

Another cottage at the other end of Plockton, a six minute walk away, housed Pam and Paul, Ken and Anne, and the redoubtable Max.

The detailed reports on this week's walks are in the 'Phreerunner' daily blogs. Here are all the 'Plockton09' blogs, in chronological order from the bottom of the page.

This web page has some brief descriptions and additional images. We hope you enjoy our record of another enjoyable trip.

Martin and Sue

Duilisg, Plockton
Duilisg, our spacious cottage - the frontage is deceptive
The statistics for the week are summarised below.
And here’s a map of the area, indicating the locations of each days' walk:

Plockton Area Destinations

Day 1 - Saturday 4 April (click to go to the daily blog)
Our journey to Plockton was relatively uneventful...
A view from the seafront at Plockton
A view from the sea front at Plockton, looking towards Applecross and Loch Carron
Day 2 - Sunday 5 April
On a fine, clear day, nine of us I enjoyed the ascent of Beinn Sgritheall, with only Max staying behind. Our progress could be described as 'leisurely', taking in the complete ambience of the mountain.
Panorama from the summit of Beinn Sgritheall
On the summit of Beinn Sgritheall, with views extending as far as Ben Nevis, together with Loch Hourn and Knoydart
Day 3 - Monday 6 April
Pam and Paul joined Sue and me for a rather more brisk ascent of A' Ghlas-bheinn on a cool, overcast day.
Approaching A' Ghlas-bheinn's summit
Approaching the summit of A' Ghlas-bheinn, with Beinn Fhada in the background
Day 4 - Tuesday 7 April
On a rainy day, Sue and I escaped to Skye with Andrew and Chris, who didn't like the rough terrain of Sgurr na Coinnich (739 metres). They returned whilst we continued on to Beinn na Caillich, which must be a fabulous viewpoint, but not today!
On return to Plockton the weather was pleasant enough to enjoy a tour of the village.
A Plockton panorama
Plockton sea front
Day 5 - Wednesday 8 April
The forecast was great, but in this unsettled week the weather, which was supposed to improve, deteriorated, foiling our plan to walk along the 4 km ridge that joins 'The Three Brothers'. But Pam, Paul, Ken, Sue and I did enjoy the ascent of Aonach Meadhoin, where there was enough snow to glissade down the first 150 metres of descent.
Lunchtime below Sgurr an Fhuarail
Lunch on the slopes of Sgurr an Fhuarail, with rain on the lens
Day 6 - Thursday 9 April
Foul weather was forecast, so we missed out on some of the best weather of the week! Instead of a mountain walk, Sue, Andrew, Bagger Martin and I enjoyed a trip to Applecross, where we bumped into Sarah and Loz in their sea kayaks. They were equally puzzled by the weather, which back in Plockton was nice enough to tempt Sue and the Bagger into Loch Carron for a swim!.
Applecross Bay
Applecross Bay, with the Red Cuillin helmeted by cloud
Day 7 - Friday 10 April
The weather cleared sufficiently for Andrew, Pam, Paul, Sue and Me to enjoy the traverse of Beinn Liath Mhor, in better weather than I encountered on this hill back in March. We just managed to get off the summit before the cloud made an unexpected return, and the stroll back down Coire Lair was delightful.
Beinn Liath Mhor
A view from the eastern (876 metre) summit of Beinn Liath Mhor along the 2 km ridge to the main summit,
with the mountains of Torridon to the right
That concludes our activities for the week. We all traipsed home on Saturday, Sad 'Bagger' Martin no doubt pausing en route to acquire another tick for one of his lists.

Here is the usual statistical record for Sue and me and those who joined us on our walks:

Plockton Statistics
Martin and Sue
Asc (m)
Day 1 Beinn Sgritheall
Day 2 A' Ghlas-bheinn
Day 3 Sgurr na Coinnich and Beinn na Caillich
Day 4 Sgurr an Fhuarail and Aonach Meadhoin
Day 5 Applecross walk
Day 6 Beinn Liath Mhor