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Fuar Bheinn

Walks

Loch Uisage to Fuar Bheinn via Glas Bheinn

Summit height 766m total height ascended approximately 905m + approximately 13km.

This walk starts from the car park by Loch Uisage. Follow the stone track to the small Hydro Intake on the Northern side of the road. At the water intake the stone track ends, head in a North Easterly direction and after a short distance you cross the alignment of an old fence line; only the posts remain. At this point a decision should be made as to which route to follow. If a more direct route avoiding the ridge of Glas Bheinn is the goal then follow the line of fence posts, if not then continue North East to the Southern end of Glas Bheinn beyond Bac an Lochan. There is no path to follow and the terrain comprises tussocky grass interspersed with rocky outcrops, damp areas and small lochans. On reaching the ridge of Glas Bheinn be careful of the large drops between the mini rock summits. On reaching the cairn of Glas Bheinn excellent views prevail and a pair of Golden Plovers are in the area. From here the route to Fuar Bheinn; the cold mountain, is clearly visible around Coire Ghardail. Descend down the shoulder to a small cairn marking the top of Bealach a Mhonmhuir. From here head South East up the slope to Fuar Bheinn, where another pair of Golden Plovers greet you. There are two summits on Fuar Bheinn seperated by a short distance, it is the Southern summit that has the cairn. There are excellent views form both summits in all directions, that to the North is dominated by Creach Bheinn with the mountains of Ardgour and Lochaber beyond. The descent is steep and hard on the knees, and would not be recommended if strong winds are blowing you 'off' the mountain. Head in a South Westerly direction down in to Coire Ghardail, the aim is to cross the Abhainn Ghardail via a new bridge that has been built, but isn't shown on the Ordnance Survey Maps. Once down and over the bridge follow and keep to the new stalkers track; don't bear left in to the woodland, keep on the track and down to the road B8043. Once on the road it's a bit of a plod back up to the car park. Please note as with all walks this route can cause more severe problems after bad weather, the descent will be more difficult in strong winds and after heavy rain. The descent in to Coire Ghardail involves crossing a number of tributaries to the main river, which after heavy rain may cause problems.


Specific Observations:

  • Two pairs of Golden Plovers on respective summits
  • Ravens, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits.
  • Red Deer, lots of frogs and a lizard.
  • Heath Orchids, Alpine Ladies Mantle and Club Moss.

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