Saturday 27th July Maps LR24 and EX428 Loch Kishorn
Beinn Bhan (896m, Corbett) – White Hill
Sgurr a’ Chaorachain (792m, Corbett) – Peak of the little Sheep
This approach to Beinn Bhan gives the best views of its famous E-facing sandstone corries, of which Coire na Poite is the most impressive. The traverse to the second Corbett gives more views of splendid corries and ridges, and distant views of Skye and Torridon. Well worth the journey for a day-trip or the logistics of an overnight stay.
Start from the foot of the Applecross Road by the bridge over the River Kishorn estuary, NG834423, where limited parking is available. Head N on the footpath for 2.5km to the Allt Coire
na Poite at NG832446. Follow the burn W uphill, passing S of Lochan Coire na Poite, and climb up into the upper corrie. Turn N and climb rocky ground to the col on the spur of A’ Phoit. Head E
at first for the small summit, 674m, at its E end for the views. Then turn back W and climb the ridge to the summit plateau of Beinn Bhan. Head S along the corrie rim to the trig point, 896m.*
*If content with one Corbett, continue SE along the rims of Coire na Poite,Coire na Feola and Coire Each. Beyond a small summit at763m, follow the ridge down steeply to reach the Applecross road 1.5km up from the start.
**To reach the second Corbett from the summit of Beinn Bhan, head WSW down to the col at Bealach nan Arr, curving S along the rim of Coire nan An, continuing S up to the summit with a communications mast, 776mlr. Continue S, curving E around the rim of Coire a’ Chaorachain. A rocky ridge leads to an impressive spur overlooking Loch Kishorn, the summit of which is the Corbett, Sgurr a’ Chaorachain, 792m. Descend with care SE down to the Applecross road at NG810402. Opposite a footpath leads down to the salmon farm at Russel. Cross the burn on the bridge and head NE on the track, joining the public road back to the start.
***If the direct descent seems daunting, from the summit of Sgurr a’ Chaorachain, retrace steps back W and make for the viewpoint CP at the summit of the Bealach na Ba. Transport required,
8km from start.
*12km, 966m ascent
**17km, 1246m ascent
***15km, 1289m ascent