Gleann Lichd and the Bealach an Sgairne loop, Kintail.

Well now that I have had the chance to update the blog after missing a year, I am going to update as often as possible now.

Today I decided to go to Kintail, and run the path that goes up Gleann Lichd and comes back round the Bealach an Sgairne to make a loop. This one had been a line on my Anquet map for over a year and I did have a go 3 weeks ago, only to turn back with energy problems.

I had hoped to complete the loop in 4 hours and left the car at 10-12AM managing to complete the loop exactly 4 hours later to the minute. The cloud cover kept the temperature down, about 14C at the start of the day, ending up at 18C on the descent. The scenery is amazing here, the mountains feeling massive, the gorge at the head of Gleann Lichd especially impressive. It is very remote as you head into the back country, passing a bothy called Camban, and turning left near the youth hostel at Alltbeithe. I did pass a volunteer group at Camban digging drainage, they were a very cheerful bunch despite the knee deep peat bogs! I was also surprised to see another runner making his way in the opposite direction to me.

Here the path is less frequented, and narrow and begins a long slow ascent towards the Bealach an Sgairne. At one place the path has recently been improved, but in other places it is a bit of a mud-fest – as I expected it to be of course. On this section over the pass I never saw anyone, until lower down after passing the Bealach. Camera-phone pics.

Stats are: 30.8km 912m 6:47/km average pace, 4 hours total, moving time 3 and a half hours.

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One Response to Gleann Lichd and the Bealach an Sgairne loop, Kintail.

  1. gerryneely says:

    Thats some run Colin! I run the first part a couple of times a week as far as the gorge and back but that ascent up to the bealach is hard going, especially on a warm day!

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