Monday 22nd November 2010 Weather: Fine, Still, 1 degC at sea level. And good food! There was a bit of minor scrambling now, nothing difficult and not exposed at all, which I actually quite enjoyed. 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. For the brave only there are some great high jumps. Bruach na Frithe is probably the easiest peak to access on the Cuillin ridge. Marsco to Loch Coruisk and Blaven. There are few safe routes off these rocky slopes and plenty of sheer drops all around. 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. 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. 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. Ascent= 1100m. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ... Coire na Creiche and the Fairy Pools. The Fairy Pools. to enlarge. Greenland and Spitsbergen was a dream which I fulfilled a couple of years back too. That guy was particularly handsome though. 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. 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. Fairy Pools with Cullin Ridge. Time: 5-7 hours return  Ascent: 858m. The Cuillin are composed of gabbro rock which gives wonderful grip even when wet. Start: Fairy Pools car park (or do from Sligachan.) The North West Highlands and Skye : Deserted White Beaches and a Seafood lunch, The North West Highlands and Skye : Glasgow to Lochinver (250 miles), Ben A’an – a Trossachs ‘Mountain in Miniature’, CORROUR – THE UK’s MOST REMOTE STATION AND OUTDOOR HEAVEN, A CLAMBER UP COLONSAY’S HIGHEST HILL (143m! 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. I love giving advice in Tripadvisor's Scotland Forum, under the scotlandmac moniker, about how to see the best of Scotland. It helps me re-live memories of some of the truly wonderful places which I have been privileged to enjoy. 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. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 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 … Panorama to Bruach na Frithe summit and the Coire na Creiche, from the neighbourings of Sgurr a'Fionn Choire. I’ve done the fairy pools but never followed the trails this far. Turn left to return to the Fairy Pools car park. 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. The first section of the route was a mild trail, following a narrow river and winding through mini pools and waterfalls. Le sentier offre plusieurs activités. 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 see it now,  in all its glory, was thrilling. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. View all posts by scotlandmac. 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. Having never visited this island before, I was super excited. 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. We’ll climb Bruach na Frithe (958 m) from Fairy Pools. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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. 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. The simplest route ascends via Fionn Coire, though the slightly harder Northwest Ridge is also a popular route. We were making great headway. It ... to Raasay and the mainland. 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. 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! 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. 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. 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. 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! Thanks Luke, too, for sharing the posts.Hopefully they’ll be useful.No problem …happy to help out with your next visit. Be warned, it can be jam-packed on hot summer days. The Quiraing. Bruach na Frìthe is one of the principal summits on the Black Cuillin ridge, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. We exchanged a few pleasant words, with one in particular who had an Indian look. ... *Sgurr Thuilm (Sgurr a' Mhadaidh) with Bruach na Frithe and Am Bastier beyond from Glen Brittle. I love foxes, by the way, they’re one of my favourite animals, I love their adaptability. We set out to climb a munro named Bruach na Frithe. ( Log Out /  ... Maybe as far as the Fairy Pools. Like the rest of the range it is composed of gabbro, a rock with excellent grip for mountaineering. Oct 13, 2020. 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 … Thanks for your response. ( Log Out /  An Caisteal & Bruach na Frithe As soon as we crossed it, I enjoyed the An Caisteal area highly. 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. Great for cooling off on a hot day - keep a close look out for an underwater arch at one point. Cliquez pour élargir. 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). On a clear day, the views from all peaks are breathtaking. I also enjoy ancient villages and pretty towns, great cities and gardens, old churches , castles and art galleries. 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. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. The path can be a little hard to spot but gradually becomes clearer. My passion is the Great Outdoors, walking and wildlife watching as well as taking photographs. This first Waterfall marks the start of the magical pools. on Mar 30, 2010 5:49 am. The guide also mentions the belly crawl. Quiraing to Staffin. I was so excited to reach this spot. The track was very busy as we descended, the good weather obviously encouraging people out onto the hill. 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. Isle Of Skye, Highland, Scotland. Sleat, Single Track Road to Torskovaig. Hiking The Fairy Pools with Kids Then I met another two guys about my age or slightly younger. Day 3: Sgurr Alasdair. 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. Unfortunately, that was the case on our visit. 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. Bruach na Frithe, Skye Starting from the square in the centre of Portree, take the bus to Sligachan hotel at 9am. This walk follows a beautiful crystal clear stream past numerous aqua-blue pools and waterfalls known as the Fairy Pools. I really hope my ramblings help and please drop me a line if I can help in more detail in any way. Not all of the jagged peaks are quite as difficult as the Cuillin's hardy reputation suggests. It is often said that Bruach na Frithe is the easiest Munro summit on the Cuillin Ridge, and one of the best viewpoints. 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. Great post, man, really enjoyed. 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. Introduction. Bruach na Frithe By Colin Hogarth. One thing about the Cuillin is that the rock is very grippy.It’s called Gabbro and is amongst the roughest rock there is. And most of all, enjoying my two now grown up adult sons as they build their own lives and memories. Le sentier longe une cascade et sa difficulté est évaluée comme modérée. This route gives a little more scrambling than the previous day. Onward and upward, yet at a fairly reasonable angle, until suddenly we were on the ridge itself. Statistics. We climbed this hill on a sunny October day, when an Indian summer bathed the Isle of Mist in unusual autumn warmth. 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! 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 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. : 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. Take some time to work your way up the river and explore all the pools. narrow path traversing the slope of Bruach na Frithe. It is hard to disagree with either of these opinions. ( Log Out /  Hiking the Fairy Pools and Coire Na Creiche Loop Walk, Isle of Skye. Or mistaken Eilean a Cheo, the Isle of Mist, for Morocco and the slopes of the Atlas Mountains! Showing 1 - 83 of 83. The Fairy Pools Save The Fairy Pools on the way to Bruach na Frìthe « PREV NEXT » visentin. 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Anne. 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. Bla Bheinn is a great view point to see the whole ridge and most of the Red Cuillin. Distance= 15km. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. : 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. 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. Like the rest of the range it is composed of gabbro, a rock with excellent grip for mountaineering. Though not the highest peak in the range, it is the only one to have an Ordnance Survey pillar. The path can be seen as it approaches Allt Coir a' Mhadaidh. 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. Some of the pools make great swimming, but rarely get warm (a wetsuit is a good option). Wow, wow wow – oh my word, what a spot we had arrived at……. The Skye Cuillin are technically much harder than anything else in Scotland. 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My heart, however, will always be in Scotland which I still think is the most beautiful country I've seen anywhere. Time Taken= 5hrs. The North Coast 500 route – truly magnificent! Dec 8, 2020. Give the two gaps due respect and it's simply a very pleasant section of ridge. I suffer from vertigo which has got worse as I've got older so any walks herein, do not include anything scary. All routes cross steep ground and scree. 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. Panorama vers le sommet de Bruach na Frithe et le cirque Coire na Creiche, depuis les environs de Sgurr a'Fionn Choire. Trotternish Ridge from Quiraing. The guide correctly calls it serious, but I felt it had a gentle ambience. Heavy again set off early to tackle Bruach na Frithe from the Glen Brittle side. No scrambling required for either. 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. October seems good. Fairy Pools is a very popular destination on the Isle of Skye these days thanks mainly to social media in recent years. I have to now. Munros: Bruach na Frithe. Rowan Tree, Quiraing, Trotternish. 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 ). Bruach na Frìthe is one of the principal summits on the Black Cuillin ridge, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. I was glad we’d pretty much had it to ourselves with an early start. Bruach na Frithe is one of the more northern peaks on the Black Cuillin Ridge. I’ve done the fairy pools but never followed the trails this far. I avoid these types of experiences like the plague! I appreciate that very much. 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 … Kilt Rock , East Coast, Trotternish. 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. From left to right can be seen Bruach na Frithe, Sgurr na Bhairnich, Sgurr an Fheadain, Bidein Druim nan Ramh and Sgurr Thuilm. Quiraing to Wester Ross. Fairy Pools with Bruach na Frithe. No one on the hill, but hundreds at the Fairy pools. 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! This first waterfall is the highest fall and deepest pool. A great walk to get you into the Cuillin scenery without the need for any scrambling or other difficulties. Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1040 ft Route type Boucle. Area: Minginish and the Cuillin Hills. Really glad you enjoyed the posts Luke! 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. Elgol Evening. (If you keep going past the Fairy Pools, you will indeed end up at the base of this mountain). Bruach na Frithe is one of the most straightforward of the Cuillin Munros, and often the first … • View from the carpark of Coire na Creiche. The majestic Cuillin mountains provide a stunning backdrop to this hike, especially the pointy Bruach na Frithe, which the trail is always towards. Saturday and the weather was true to the forecast – low cloud and rain. 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! Maybe if I pick time of year right I’ll get a quiet time there? 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. The river sides are steep with many waterfalls dropping into beautiful pools. 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. 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. Skye. • Sgurr an Fheadain. 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. 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. Images similar to FOT1449256: 'Red Cuillins at Glen Brittle.'. Many people do this track as a low level walk if they can arrange transport at both ends. Na Frithe et le cirque Coire na Creiche saturday and the slopes of the easiest and the., wow wow – oh my word, what a spot we arrived... 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