1116 m. |
Translation: Peak of the corrie of the calf
Pronuncation: stop corrie an looee
The Grey Corries. On a day with uncertain weather forecast we drove to Corriechoille. Sunny spells and rain showers were the BBC’s guess and this proved to be correct during the first two hours of the walk – later there was only sunshine and clouds but hardly any water from above. We parked the car at the junction where the private road to Corriechoille branches off south. We walked on this right of way past Corriechoille Farm into the direction of the forrest plantations north of the Grey Corries range. Continuing on the forrest road which roughly runs parallel to the bed of the Allt Leachdach we soon left the forrest behinds us and headed towards the highest point of this track below the craggy west face of Cruach Innse. A few hundred metres before the col we left the track and headed in a south-westerly direction up the steep lower slopes of Stob Coire na Ceannain. We paused where the steep slopes ease off and give way to the higher plateau-like grassy terrain. From there we walked to the end of the steep south east ridge, contoured around it and picked up a path heading first north than west which took us to the summit of Stob Coire na Ceannain. From this top the connecting ridge to the first Munro of the day looked interesting and entertaining indeed.
It lived up to this expectation and proved to be the most entertaining scramble of the day. Finally we got to the summit of Stob Choire Claurigh. We took a longish break there, had a snack and some tea and above all enjoyed the views. With more fun to come we then pressed on over the twisting ridge of the Grey Corries with its gentle drops in height, beautifully steep northern corries and succession of rocky tops ligned up on the way to the day’s Munro No. 2, Stob Coire an Laoigh. After about one hour of walking we reached it and sat down to have tea inside the circular shelter on its summit. After ten minutes or so we continued to Stob Coire Eassin and followed the broad north ridge bypassing Beinn na Socaich on the west. The gentle grassy ridge lead us north, then north-west to the point where the Allt Choimhlidh enters the forrest. With a little effort we crossed the stream’s bed below the dam, climbed the eastern side of the little gorge and then followed the forrest roads for a few kilometres until we joined the outward route a kilometre and a half south of Coirrechoille farm. Soon we reached the car and drove off to our base in Fassfern. A very entertaining ridge walk with strong winds, hardly any rain on the higher ground and beautiful views of the Eassins, the Aonachs, Ben Nevis and other hills. Most entertaining walk of the 2003 holiday! Certainly a walk to be done again!
Description These two Munros are on the ridge of the Grey Corries, a group of mountains on the south side of Glen Spean whose upper slopes and ridges are covered with pale grey quartzite boulders and screes, which give them their name and a pale grey appearance. The main ridge of the Grey Corries is about 3 kilometres long and the drops between the peaks is quite small, so it is perfectly possible to climb both Munros and several Tops in a single day although the approach to the hills from the road in Glen Spean is quite long.Start from the end of the narrow public road on the south side of the River Spean at Corriechoille and walk past the farm and along the track which goes south-south-east on the west side of the Allt Leachdach. At the upper edge of the forest climb south up the broad ridge to Stob Choire Claurigh. Continue south-west along the crest of the Grey Corries over three lower tops to reach Stob Coire an Laoigh. Go on to Stob Coire Easain and down its long north ridge, called Beinn na Socaich. Towards the foot of this ridge, above the forest, bear north-east to cross the Allt Choimhlidh and reach the upper end of a forest road, which leads in a further 5 kilometres down to the public road near Corriechoille.