Day 3: Sgurr Alasdair. I now appreciate their navigation skills however, because it’s not an easy place to get down from if you are doing it blind.What a contrast to this time around! Not all of the jagged peaks are quite as difficult as the Cuillin's hardy reputation suggests. Isle Of Skye, Highland, Scotland. We were making great headway. I love foxes, by the way, they’re one of my favourite animals, I love their adaptability. Introduction. Bruach na Frìthe is one of the principal summits on the Black Cuillin ridge, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Hiking The Fairy Pools with Kids Like the rest of the range it is composed of gabbro, a rock with excellent grip for mountaineering. The North Coast 500 route – truly magnificent! I was glad we’d pretty much had it to ourselves with an early start. Oct 13, 2020. The summit is one of the best viewpoints in the Cuillin. ... *Sgurr Thuilm (Sgurr a' Mhadaidh) with Bruach na Frithe and Am Bastier beyond from Glen Brittle. It is hard to disagree with either of these opinions. The guide also mentions the belly crawl. The track had disappeared at this point but once out of the corrie and when the going got rougher and rockier, we picked it up again. There was a bit of minor scrambling now, nothing difficult and not exposed at all, which I actually quite enjoyed. I love giving advice in Tripadvisor's Scotland Forum, under the scotlandmac moniker, about how to see the best of Scotland. The long Northwest Ridge of Bruach na Frithe, seen from the Glen Brittle- Sligachan path We weren’t the first to come down Coire na Creiche bearing arms – in 1601 the … But once we headed beyond Am Mam, we didn’t meet another soul heading back to Glen Brittle as most tackle the hill from Sligachan. And most of all, enjoying my two now grown up adult sons as they build their own lives and memories. Monday 22nd November 2010 Weather: Fine, Still, 1 degC at sea level. Ascent= 1100m. An Caisteal & Bruach na Frithe As soon as we crossed it, I enjoyed the An Caisteal area highly. • Sgurr an Fheadain. Panorama to Bruach na Frithe summit and the Coire na Creiche, from the neighbourings of Sgurr a'Fionn Choire. Start A683 Above Sliagachan Hotel. : You are free: to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work; to remix – to adapt the work; Under the following conditions: attribution – You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. on Mar 30, 2010 5:49 am. From left to right can be seen Bruach na Frithe, Sgurr na Bhairnich, Sgurr an Fheadain, Bidein Druim nan Ramh and Sgurr Thuilm. So far, my travels have taken me to a fair proportion of Southern Europe/the Mediterranean; to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, with lots of time on safari; and a little hiking and exploring in the Canadian Rockies, California, Utah and Arizona, Iceland and Norway. Some of the pools make great swimming, but rarely get warm (a wetsuit is a good option). Fairy Pools with Cullin Ridge. Le sentier offre plusieurs activités. My passion is the Great Outdoors, walking and wildlife watching as well as taking photographs. At the summit, which has a trig point, we sat in white out conditions, rain pouring down our faces, munching silently on sandwiches and very glad to descend. The plan was to head up the left side of the corrie to Bealach nan Lice, then to traverse underneath the peak of Sgurr a Fionn Choire to hit the East Ridge of Bruach na Frithe. We exchanged a few pleasant words, with one in particular who had an Indian look. 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We spotted a tiny Wheatear perched on a rock – a summer visitor to our shores that normally flies off to the warmth of North Africa in September.We hoped he hadn’t left his departure too late! To complicate matters, some of the rock is basalt, which gets slippy when wet.There was one short section where Chris suggested we drop down a little to avoid an outcrop but this took us onto rubbly very steep ground with a yawning drop below which gave me the ‘heebie jeebies’ as they say, for a second or ten.It was like walking on ball bearings and I tried to ignore the chasm which had appeared below us suddenly. • View from the carpark of Coire na Creiche. I have to now. Le sentier longe une cascade et sa difficulté est évaluée comme modérée. For other great Skye walks please see MY FAVOURITE SKYE WALKS, I've always felt the need to record travel and walking experiences, initially through photos and now through this site. Bruach na Frithe is reckoned to be the easiest Munro peak on Skye when approached from the 'Fairy Pools' in Glenbrittle via a straightforward route. The Fairy Pools Save The Fairy Pools on the way to Bruach na Frìthe « PREV NEXT » visentin. The Cuillin are composed of gabbro rock which gives wonderful grip even when wet. The Bruach cannot be seen in the popular view from Sligachan - the right hand peak which is often mistaken for it is the lower Sgurr a' Bhasteir. moderate (36) Bruach na Frithe, Skye Starting from the square in the centre of Portree, take the bus to Sligachan hotel at 9am. Hiking the Fairy Pools and Coire Na Creiche Loop Walk, Isle of Skye. Back at the car 5 hours after we started, what a wonderful day it had been.Blessed indeed, to enjoy the Black Cuillin at their very best, in warm sunshine and flanked by miles of empty moorland in rich autumn colours of tawny and gold.Incredibly rewarding – plus we’d certainly earned our dinner tonight! Then we made our way across the big expanse of moor and into the surprisingly benign bowl of the Fionn Coire (pronounced Fyoon hora) – the beautiful corrie as it translates from the Gaelic – and which lies below the final rocky slopes of the hill. Having never visited this island before, I was super excited. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. A quick descent and back to the hut before heading off to Sligachan to take part in the Norman Collie and John McKenzie meeting. Dec 8, 2020. It is often said that Bruach na Frithe is the easiest Munro summit on the Cuillin Ridge, and one of the best viewpoints. Start: Fairy Pools car park (or do from Sligachan.) Through a space between the Tooth and the wild landscape around us, we had a sensational view across the southern section of the Cuillin horseshoe of peaks.The softer Red Cuillin lay to the south, the reason for their name very obvious today. I was lucky enough to escape the rat race 10 years ago, when an early retirement option came up and I waved goodbye to a long career which included teaching English and also being a Manager in Local Government. The path can be seen as it approaches Allt Coir a' Mhadaidh. I suffer from vertigo which has got worse as I've got older so any walks herein, do not include anything scary. Week on Skye with Mum. Sligachan - Coire a' Bhasteir - Sgurr a' Bhasteir - Sgurr a'Fionn Choire - Bruach na Frithe - back to the bealach and round the N side of Am Basteir - up Basteir by E ridge, avoiding the Bad Step by a loose traverse on the S side (Grade 2 … Discover everything you need to know about Sgurr nan Eag—a hiking attraction recommended by 1 people on komoot—and browse 3 photos & 1 insider tips. Saturday and the weather was true to the forecast – low cloud and rain. I avoid these types of experiences like the plague! I’ve done the fairy pools but never followed the trails this far. The Cuillin were all around us to our right, rocky slopes looking purple and blue-grey against the rich gold and amber of the moorland.The colours of the Highlands in autumn really are a glory. Bla Bheinn is a great view point to see the whole ridge and most of the Red Cuillin. One of the easier of Skye’s famous Black Cuillin peaks.Suitable for ordinary hillwalkers , posing no difficulties, but transporting you into a really sensational almost Alpine situation.The hill is 958m or 3, 143 feet and around 8 miles or 13km return.It took us 5 hours all in.It’s not a hill to do in mist as navigation could be difficult and the Cuillin ridge is not somewhere you want to be when visiblity is poor! Bruach na Frithe is a small family run Bed and Breakfast on the outskirts of Portree, set in a quiet location with views of the spectacular Cuillen Hills, ... Coire na Creiche and the Fairy Pools circuit. Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1040 ft Route type Boucle. The river sides are steep with many waterfalls dropping into beautiful pools. The track was very busy as we descended, the good weather obviously encouraging people out onto the hill. Onward and upward, yet at a fairly reasonable angle, until suddenly we were on the ridge itself. Always difficult to leave a hard earned summit but after devouring a flask of Minestrone soup (a bit out of place in the summer like conditions but no way was Chris lugging a full flask all the way back down again:)) , some oranges and copious amounts of water and chocolate, it was time to head down. I like to escape the crowds and consequently tend to pick the less travelled hill and mountain walks in the Highlands and also visit Skype less for this reason, although the place is stunning. If you choose almost any of the walks on Skye outwith the Pools, Old Man of Storr, Quiraing and Fairy Glen you will most likely hardly meet another soul.Or very few people.Off season helps but even in summer, there are so many walks which people don’t know/think about, you will have solitude.Let me know if I can help with any other walk suggestions. ... Coire na Creiche and the Fairy Pools. I was so excited to reach this spot. The Bruach cannot be seen in the popular view from Sligachan - the right hand peak which is often mistaken for it is the lower Sgurr a' Bhasteir. to enlarge. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It ... to Raasay and the mainland. The guide correctly calls it serious, but I felt it had a gentle ambience. That guy was particularly handsome though. I also enjoy ancient villages and pretty towns, great cities and gardens, old churches , castles and art galleries. Distance= 15km. Marsco to Loch Coruisk and Blaven. These mountains have steep faces and narrow ridges which invariably require scrambling but Bruach na Frithe is an exception as it is an easy ascent. To our north, the rest of the ridge disappeared in a series of rocky summits and slopes – most of them the domain of the climber only.But we could make out the few we had summited several years ago – Sgurr na Banachdich, Sgurr Dearg and Blaven. Almost as soon as we began our trek along the rough track from the Fairy Pools car park, we spied a hill fox watching us warily from beside the forestry.I’m not a huge fox fan – they say the fox has no friends in this world – but he was looking very handsome in his dark amber coloured coat.Then he disappeared back into the trees, spooked by our presence. We climbed this hill on a sunny October day, when an Indian summer bathed the Isle of Mist in unusual autumn warmth. On a clear day, the views from all peaks are breathtaking. Sleat, Single Track Road to Torskovaig. Am Basteir to Bruach na Frithe to Sgurr nan Gillean is a 9.2 mile out and back trail located near Portree, Highland, Scotland that features a river and is rated as difficult. View all posts by scotlandmac. I’ve done the fairy pools but never followed the trails this far. Statistics. Heavy again set off early to tackle Bruach na Frithe from the Glen Brittle side. narrow path traversing the slope of Bruach na Frithe. There are few safe routes off these rocky slopes and plenty of sheer drops all around. Munros: Bruach na Frithe. Really glad you enjoyed the posts Luke! The Fairy Pools. This route gives a little more scrambling than the previous day. It’s a magnificent spot and easily reached in 25 mins or so, so it’s easy to see understand its popularity.For more on this lovely walk see The Fairy Pools. Many people do this track as a low level walk if they can arrange transport at both ends. Trotternish Ridge from Quiraing. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. The simplest route ascends via Fionn Coire, though the slightly harder Northwest Ridge is also a popular route. ... Maybe as far as the Fairy Pools. No scrambling required for either. Take some time to work your way up the river and explore all the pools. Unfortunately, it also has properties that play havoc with the compass, making it unreliable, another reason to be very wary of these mountains in mist! Like the rest of the range it is composed of gabbro, a rock with excellent grip for mountaineering. Time: 5-7 hours return Ascent: 858m. Great for cooling off on a hot day - keep a close look out for an underwater arch at one point. The Skye Cuillin are technically much harder than anything else in Scotland. All routes cross steep ground and scree. 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This walk follows a beautiful crystal clear stream past numerous aqua-blue pools and waterfalls known as the Fairy Pools. My heart, however, will always be in Scotland which I still think is the most beautiful country I've seen anywhere. This first Waterfall marks the start of the magical pools. Maybe if I pick time of year right I’ll get a quiet time there? Quiraing to Wester Ross. A great walk to get you into the Cuillin scenery without the need for any scrambling or other difficulties. Bruach na Frithe is probably the easiest peak to access on the Cuillin ridge. There are a growing number of walks described in the blog but I am not some Wild Woman of the Mountains, fearless and intrepid (I wish). Showing 1 - 83 of 83. Bruach na Frìthe is the only Munro of the Cuillin ridge whose ascent doesn't require the use of hands at any point, and then from far the easiest of all. Photo: Lovat Fraser (15) Thanks for your response. Great post, man, really enjoyed. Area: Minginish and the Cuillin Hills. Nowadays, with the increasing popularity of Skye, and especially given the hordes that flock to the Fairy Pools walk, it will all be very different.Hundreds of people, every day, most of the year, wander down the track from the car park to see the series turquoise pools and waterfalls which sit below impressive Coire a Creiche and the Waterpipe Gully. The first section of the route was a mild trail, following a narrow river and winding through mini pools and waterfalls. I remember my brother saying to me at one point – ‘just don’t look down!’ In fact, we were very quickly enveloped in thick cloud and mist, blocking our view of everything and thankfully, the drops. Images similar to FOT1449256: 'Red Cuillins at Glen Brittle.'. A planned group walk with a friend on Skye was fast approaching and having a few days free I decided to go to Skye on Thursday 23rd May to camp out for a few days at Sligachan camp site. And good food! : You are free: to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work; to remix – to adapt the work; Under the following conditions: attribution – You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. One thing about the Cuillin is that the rock is very grippy.It’s called Gabbro and is amongst the roughest rock there is. Thanks Luke, too, for sharing the posts.Hopefully they’ll be useful.No problem …happy to help out with your next visit. Years before, I had climbed the mountain with my brother and his friend, but we had had terrible weather, scrambling up the very steep north west ridge. Quiraing to Staffin. Fairy Pools with Bruach na Frithe. Give the two gaps due respect and it's simply a very pleasant section of ridge. This first waterfall is the highest fall and deepest pool. Anne. YouTube video of ascent of Bruach na Frithe via Fionn Choire, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bruach_na_Frìthe&oldid=992529409, Pages using infobox mountain with language parameter, Pages using infobox mountain with grid ref, Pages using infobox mountain with deprecated parameters, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 5 December 2020, at 19:19. Time Taken= 5hrs. (If you keep going past the Fairy Pools, you will indeed end up at the base of this mountain). It was only about 3km ( 1.8 miles), albeit uphill, to the big plateau of moorland known as Am Mam -The Pass – and a small lochan where we stopped for a drink.We were both already stripped down to a single layer, having built up a fair old heat during the ascent.If we’d continued over this Pass, instead of heading uphill, it would have led to Sligachan. ( Log Out / Fairy Pools is a very popular destination on the Isle of Skye these days thanks mainly to social media in recent years. At the bealach (pass) there were great views across Lota Corrie towards Blaven, and across Harta Corrie towards Elgol, where we had witnessed a superb sunset a few days back (see post #223 ). But then we were past it and in minutes, the summit itself came into view – a surprisingly spacious place which felt very safe and with sublime views all around. If you're itching to explore the Black Cuillin, but put off by the range's fearsome reputation for stomach churning exposure, sheer cliffs and knee-trembling drops, fear not for help is at hand. I appreciate that very much. Unfortunately, that was the case on our visit. This green grassy corrie must give the hill its name overall – the Slopes of the Red Deer – as it looks the kind of place where deer would find good feeding. We’ll climb Bruach na Frithe (958 m) from Fairy Pools. Bruach na Frithe By Colin Hogarth. This is a wonderful trip to the top of Britain's only true mountain range, and it is not too difficult for anyone who is … The traditional approach to Bruach na Frithe is along a track which begins maybe 0.5km or so along the A863 from the Sligachan Hotel, which drops to the Allt Dearg Mor river, where you turn onto a path which winds steadily up the valley into the foothills of the north-west side of the Cuillins, towards the Bealach a Mhaim pass to Glen Brittle. Elgol Evening. This is one of the easiest and probably the most ascended of the main Black Cuillin peaks, requiring no scrambling ability. Travels and Hikes in Scotland and the World – photos, experiences and opinions on destinations and walks. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Coire na Creiche and the Fairy Pools est un sentier en boucle de 4.6 miles situé près de Isle Of Skye, Highland en Écosse. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Wow, wow wow – oh my word, what a spot we had arrived at……. It helps me re-live memories of some of the truly wonderful places which I have been privileged to enjoy. The majestic Cuillin mountains provide a stunning backdrop to this hike, especially the pointy Bruach na Frithe, which the trail is always towards. For the brave only there are some great high jumps. The Quiraing. ( Log Out / Kilt Rock , East Coast, Trotternish. In front, was the intimidating pinnacle of the Basteir Tooth, a steep wedge of rock and the preserve of rock climbers only.The peak of Sgurr a Bhasteir swept out to the north, offering what looked like a pleasant wander.Sgurr na Stri looked much higher than its lowly 500m or so height. I really hope my ramblings help and please drop me a line if I can help in more detail in any way. We set out to climb a munro named Bruach na Frithe. Bruach na Frithe from Sliagachan Day three of a long weekend with Netty group found Eamon and me driving over to Skye from Glencoe early on the morning long before dawn. ( Log Out / Bruach na Frithe is one of the most straightforward of the Cuillin Munros, and often the first … I may have to pick your brain before my next visit. The path can be a little hard to spot but gradually becomes clearer. Panorama vers le sommet de Bruach na Frithe et le cirque Coire na Creiche, depuis les environs de Sgurr a'Fionn Choire. Rowan Tree, Quiraing, Trotternish. Click. Be warned, it can be jam-packed on hot summer days. Bruach na Frithe is one of the more northern peaks on the Black Cuillin Ridge. Skye. It was astonishing to see him so high up but I assume he was finding food, perhaps insects swept up by the thermals in the unusually warm temperatures. Or mistaken Eilean a Cheo, the Isle of Mist, for Morocco and the slopes of the Atlas Mountains! ( Log Out / Bruach na Frìthe is one of the principal summits on the Black Cuillin ridge, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Our choice was to start from the Glen Brittle side instead of Sligachan, as it is slightly shorter and has a higher start too.In the photo above, the mountain is the second large peak on the left. Greenland and Spitsbergen was a dream which I fulfilled a couple of years back too. Cliquez pour élargir. The hill behind is Bruach na Frithe, part of the Black Cuillin range of mountains.It is usually very busy with tourists in the summer mont. Though not the highest peak in the range, it is the only one to have an Ordnance Survey pillar. Almost as soon as we began our trek along the rough track from the Fairy Pools car park, ... 5 thoughts on “ A WALK UP BRUACH NA FRITHE (SKYE CUILLIN) ” Luke Smith says: May 13, 2018 at 4:35 am. Then I met another two guys about my age or slightly younger. Hill on a sunny October day, the Isle of Skye, Scotland file is licensed the! 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