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Annat Lodge, Torridon 15-20 March 2009
This was my second visit to Annat Lodge in Annat a mile from Torridon village.

Dave O and I opportunistically joined Julie, Dianne and Dave S on Sunday evening in this well appointed and well equipped cottage.

The detailed reports on this week's walks are in the 'Phreerunner' daily blogs. Here are all the 'Torridon09' blogs, in chronological order from the bottom of the page.

This web page has some brief descriptions and additional images. I hope you enjoy my record of this most enjoyable trip.


Sunset over Upper Loch Torridon from Annat
Sunset from Annat Lodge - 16 March 2009
The statistics for the week are summarised below.
And here’s a map of the area, indicating the locations of each days' walk:

Overview of what we did

Day 1 - Monday 16 March (click to go to the daily blog)
Dave O, Julie and I wandered in light rain up to a Corbett - An Ruadh-stac. The ascent was decidedly 'gnarly', our path being blocked by a stream in spate on the stalkers path (easily remedied by a minor diversion), and steep slippery rock being encountered on the final 300 metres of ascent above a high bealach. On the way down the weather improved and we enjoyed views across to Torridon, arriving back at Annat Lodge just as the sun disappeared (see image above).
View to Upper Loch Torridon
A view from our descent route, with Upper Loch Torridon in the distance
Day 2 - Tuesday 17 March
On a fine, clear day, Dave O, Julie and I enjoyed the ascent of Beinn Dearg, another Corbett on Julie's 'tick list'. There was no snow up here (as yesterday), which was just as well given the steep rocks steps to be negotiated along the ridge. These are apparently avoidable, but the direct route was easy enough in this weather.
Panoramic view from Beinn Dearg
Dave on the first 882 metre summit of Beinn Dearg, with Beinn Eighe and Liathach behind Beinn Dearg's ridge
Day 3 - Wednesday 18 March
A day laden with low cloud from the persistent high pressure weather saw us driving round to Achnashellach, from where Julie aspired to 'tick' the summit of Fuar Tholl. She and Dianne turned back (Julie's feet hurt) so the two Daves and I headed on up Beinn Liath Mhor - Dave S's 200th Munro summit (he ticks as well as Julie).
Fuar Tholl's cliffs, from Coire Lair
The cliffs of Fuar Tholl above the pine woods of Coire Lair
Day 4 - Thursday 19 March
Dave S chose another new Munro - Maol Chean Dearg - a fine hill - I was tempted. That probably takes him in to double figures for the trip. Julie and Dianne headed off up a couple of easy Corbetts - the ones we managed on the first day of last year's trip. Meanwhile, the sun shone on Dave O and me as we strolled around one of our favourite walks - up and over the Horns of Alligin to the summit of that fine mountain, and back down via Coire nan Laogh.
View from the path up Coire Mhic Nobuil
In Coire Mhic Nobuil, with Beinn Alligin and Beinn Dearg
Day 5 - Friday 20 March
Commitments at home and abroad saw us all leaving the cottage this morning. Whilst Julie, Di and Dave S set off for some easy Munros (for Dave) by Drumochter, Dave O and I found a fine little hill above Loch Duich. The 850 metre ascent of Sgurr an Airgid took an easy two hours in summery but very hazy conditions. Fine views from the summit and an easy walk back down made this an excellent choice for a bit of fresh air on the journey home.
Lochcarron Panorama
The view across Loch Carron, with the Applecross hills, from near Attadale

So that's it really. We had all enjoyed an excellent few days in good weather, if somewhat disappointing that the snow shoes couldn't be used.

Here is the usual statistical record for Dave O and my days out:

And if you enjoyed this you may enjoy visiting (or revisiting) the page on last year's trip - here.

Torridon Statistics
Martin and Dave O
Asc (m)
Day 1 An Ruadh-stac
Day 2 Beinn Dearg
Day 3 Beinn Liath Mhor
Day 4 Beinn Alligin (both Munros)
Day 5 Sgurr an Airgid