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Bob Law: Torridon – Collecting Corbetts in the Scottish Mountains

Torridon Landscape
Torridon is one of the greatest mountain regions in the British isles. 3000 foot plus peaks soar majestically isolated, resembling warring castles as you travel down the glen, massive buttresses and ramparts looming over the tiny road beneath, each mountain separate, both in distance and character and all very different and unique. Beinn Alligin, 985 metres, Liathach, 1054 metres, and Beinn Eighe, 1010 metres, hold the eye with their sheer cliffs towering above the car or tour bus but Wester Ross in general boasts terrific hills and stunning views at all levels of height.

The Ascent of Ruadh Stac Beag

On the other side of the road Beinn Liath Mhor, Sgorr Ruadh, and Maol Chean Dearg are less noticeable but also very memorable Munro peaks to explore.

Murky Conditions on Liathach

My companion John and I however had climbed all the Munros many years ago and he was now collecting Corbetts from a published list. Hills under 3000 feet but above 2,500 feet. It's like Munro bagging used to be 30 odd years ago- before the crowds arrived and the eroded busy paths of today appeared on the slopes. You rarely meet other walkers if you are Corbett bagging, unless it's a famous dramatic peak like the Cobbler.

Red Squirrel. Caledonian Forest

Our Corbett of choice was Ruadh Stac Beag, 896 metres, situated right beside Liathach and between Beinn Eighe and Loch Maree- a truly great area for spectacular peaks in every direction. Few paths where we were heading once we left the Beinn Eighe Nature Trail near the road beside Loch Maree, just unexpected moving boulders and loose scree slopes to walk on... like the good old days again.

Misty View of Liathach

It started off very misty but then cleared into sunshine and blue skies- just the way I like it these days. A grand day out up a cracking hill with great all round views.

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