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Slioch(980m), Sgurr Dubh(738m), then Gleann Bianasdail, Beinn a Mhuinidh(692m)

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Way mark disc in the path
Way mark disc set in the path

Route No. 821 - Monday 28 September 2020
Beinn Eighe visitor centre,
way marked 'Buzzard' Circular Walk - 1.7km
Torridon, Wester Ross, Scotland . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 433 Torridon - Beinn Eighe & Liathach


Outside the Visitor Centre looking at the information board about the 3 short walks
Outside the Visitor Centre looking at the information board about the 3 short walks

This week my wife and I are staying in a holiday cottage overlooking Lock Ewe on the north western coast of Scotland. The scenery is wonderful with the shapes of the craggy mountains all around us. Today we drove to Torridon and had our lunch at the community centre cafe. On the way back we stopped at the Beinn Eighe visitor centre, map ref. NH 020 630. There did not seem to be any staff on duty but there was a fine illuminated photographic display about the Beinn Eighe massif. There was a map of three short walks that would suit a decrepit old codger such as myself and we decided to do the 'Buzzard' route, almost 1.7km and a climb of about 65m. That would be plenty for my arthritic old knees!

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Leaving the woodland to begin the short climb
Leaving the woodland to begin the short climb

Near the top of the short climb
Near the top of the short climb

We followed the paths round to a south easterly direction to a footbridge over a stream. Beyond the footbridge the path bent round to our right until we were walking south west following a stony path over another footbridge and up the hillside. We climbed up the hillside, not too steep for almost 250m and then turned right along a footpath contouring round the hillside for about 300m. There were lovely views from this path of the mountains all around us.

After looking at the visitor centre display we turned left at the building exit/entrance and walked to the corner of the building where there was a map and brief description of the three short walks. From this map we set off in a south westerly direction along the side of the visitor centre building to follow the 'Buzzard' walk. There were way-mark discs (timber I think but could have been recycled plastic) set into the path at crucial turning points.

View from the path as we climbed up the hillside
View from the path as we climbed up the hillside

We turned right to contour round the hillside
We turned right to contour round the hillside

Looking up towards Beinn Eighe
Looking up towards Beinn Eighe

Beginning to descend
Beginning to descend

Steps down the hillside
Steps down the hillside

More steps
More steps . . .

There were short lengths of steps where the gradient became a little steeper. We followed the path down into the woodland by the Visitor Centre.

The path began to descend towards the Visitor Centre, and again it was not too steep.

Outline of a buzzard on the buzzard trail
Outline of a buzzard on the buzzard trail

Path down the hillside
Path down the hillside

then we were at the bottom by the woodland
. . . then we were at the bottom by the woodland

Path through the woodland back to the Visitor Centre
Path through the woodland back to the Visitor Centre

Path through the woodland back to the Visitor Centre
Path through the woodland back to the Visitor Centre

Realistic pine cone made from broken slices of stone
Realistic pine cone made from broken slices of stone

It had been a short fairly easy walk but it had given us views of the mountains and just a feel of this amazing countryside. The walk had taken me almost an hour.

We continued through the woods and past some interesting sculptures to the side of the Visitor Centre building. From there we made our way back to the car park and the end of our walk.

Totem Poles in the woodland
Totem Poles in the woodland

Path back to the Visitor Centre
Path back to the Visitor Centre

Returning to the Visitor Centre near the end of our walk
Returning to the Visitor Centre near the end of our walk


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