Summer 2018 Meet - Aultguish

27 July 2018

The sun was splitting the skies as people travelled north for the summer meet. This was an extremely unusual weather phenomenon for a Munro Society meet – could it last? Of course not!

The majority of the party had climbed various hills before arriving at the bunkhouse. Indeed, one or two, including Alan Rowan (photographing the Buck Moon for his new book), had been out overnight. A leisurely evening followed in the bunkhouse dining room with people quickly migrating inside from the decking once the breeze dropped and the midges made an unwelcome appearance.

The weather had taken a distinct turn for the worse on Saturday morning. The forecast winds and rain had arrived and, during breakfast, many ambitious plans were curtailed or rapidly amended. Even so a great variety of hill walks were arranged including Am Faochagach, many of the Fannaichs, Ben Wyvis, Slioch, Fionn Bheinn and Meall a’Chaorainn, Sail Mhor, Beinn Ghobhlach and Meall Doire Faid. The rest of the group decided on low level explorations. That evening the Aultguish Inn hosted a communal meal with excellent food and very efficient service.

The forecast for Sunday was for an improving day and the midges were out in force for those up early enough. During Ralph’s early morning walk Anne noticed an injured Barn Owl sitting in the car park. She managed to capture it later in the day with the aid of a towel and the SSPCA were contacted. There was an unfortunate ending as the bird had a broken wing with nerve damage. The Fannaichs proved to be popular along with some of the other hills tackled on Saturday. Anne White and Anne Butler (and Ralph!) chose Beinn Ghobhlach. Alan Brook had the long walk up Strath Vaich to climb Carn Ban and Bodach Beag. On the return to the bunkhouse we discovered that the owners had very kindly made us a huge coffee and walnut cake, which didn’t last long!

Monday was the departure day; but as the weather was rather favourable many people decided to fit in a walk on their way home.

Apart from the weather blip on Saturday this was another successful meet. The accommodation was ideal for a large group and the location meant that a huge variety of hills were within easy reach. We don’t bite – there are still a few places left on next year’s meets, so why not come along and join us?


Anne Butler