Tour de Sguilard

Inspired by a blog post by Tom Smith a few years ago I’d always fancied having a bash at this wee route.

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A day’s holiday and some good weather and I was looking for a long day out. The snow had fairly battered the higher tops, so a lower route, with plenty of ascent/descent and upwards of 14 miles was the required criteria. The Tour de Sgulaird fitted the bill.

Thursday saw me dropping the kids off for school and out to Loch Creran. Up the track from Druimnavuic House to the Bealach Buidhe, dropping over into the no-mans land behind Beinn Sguilaird.tourdesgulaird2

The tack continues down in a series of zip zags to the corrie floor, before contouring around and heading towards Glen Ure. Once on the corrie, however the track is very boggy and hard to follow, so I took a higher traverse line around to the base of Beinn Mheadhonach. A stiff 250m ascent and the summit of this wee hill gave brilliant views in all directions. Down along the south ridge and across and up Beinn Trilleachan. The south ridge of this hill is very runnable with great views across to Beinn Starav and the twin Buchaille’s at the head of Glen Etive.

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A trot down the ridge of the back of Trilleachan found a sheltered lunch spot looking across to the heights of Beinn Sgulaird. The descent off the back here had some brilliant descending on granite slabs, careful not to go to fast as a slip or stumble would be sore..

A long bog trot across the twin lochans at the head of the Glen Ure track below An Grianan went well and then it was the last ascent up the steep wee hill, An Grianan that splits upper Glen Ure, the legs pretty sore by this point.tourdesgulaird3

Over the top and the view of civilisation is back in the form of Glen Creran below us. A very very steep descent of An Grianan and its back onto the Glen Ure track for the 4 mile trot back to the car. It seemed to go on forever, but the legs kept moving, just.
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A fantastic wee day out. The GPS app on the phone suggested 19miles/7000′ but studying the maps suggest a more conservative 17miles and 5000′ is more accurate.

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