Having completed a trip a while back to check on access options to the hillside, today was the day!
Parking at the Forestry Commissions car park at Ardentinny beach, a climb through the woods on a well defined path joins the top forestry road.
Following the upper road, it continues to climb away from the distant shore, always choosing the left hand side at any junction. The road contours round the hillside till the power lines cross above – time for the open hill.
From the road looking uphill there are 4 pylons visible, between 3 and 4 the shoulder marks the left turn,taking to the shoulder of the hill.
Once past the first two pylons, to help negotiate the fence line there’s a gate to the right hand side. From here an easier approach to the shoulder between 3 and 4.
The views down Loch Long towards the Clyde open up.
Even in the wintry conditions, a hill track was distinguishable eventually turning to an ATV track. The snow made progress slow, however in favourable conditions this would be a more enjoyable walk. Two rises eventually bring the trig point into view, the vistas getting better and better.
The two rises
Looking back down Loch Long
Snow drifts and the trig
Loch Long and Loch Goil.
360 view from the summit.
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A walk I’ve not done for a while, Sgorach Mor was on the cards after last weeks trip ti Beinn Mhor. An interesting hill,giving great 360 degree views ( weather permitting ) not forgetting the views over Loch Tarsan.
5.7 (ish) miles :- 3 hrs.
Starting off on forestry roads,then onto a quad track (wet in places) and onwards to the open hill. The open hill is strewn with large boulders to start with along with many rocky outcrops. The summit it’s self is found on top of a rocky mass knows as the ‘volcanic plug’ !! It looks daunting on the approach but as you contour to the left and get to the rear of the hill,an easy final ascent to the summit is found. No trig point on this one,but a well defined Cairn awaits.
I made it up just in time,the clag wasn’t long in closing in on the summit.
A point to worth noting is where you come out of the tree line. Sometimes it can be hard to retrace to find your exit from the hill. I’m pretty sure there’s another way onto this hill from the top track,it looks to come out to the open hill by the burn at top of the climb then follow the fence line to Sgorach Mor, I just stuck to what I found last time up there.
Map of Route.
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