Cùl Mòr

  • Friday 8th October 2021

I simply love the Assynt area as the landscape is quite unique so we planned on one more summit here before moving on.

Assynt

We were heading for Cùl Mòr a shapely, twin summited mountain.

We walked along a narrow stalkers path for quite a bit which took us slowly upwards.

Views straightaway were pretty good, behind us we had Knockan Crag and in front the ever impressive Suilven which appeared suddendly after rounding a corner. This is one mountain I can never and will ever tire of looking at and one I will always admire.

This should be a reasonably straightforward walk today which we hoped would give us more amazing views of all the other isolated points of Assynt and Coigach, including Stac Pollaidh which we climbed yesterday and Suilven which we undertook a few years back. Its always good to see mountains you’ve sumitted from other summits, it gives you a totally different perspective of them.

The path slowly disappeared and we were on to wet and boggy land which stayed with us for quite some time…this is not my favourite of terrain.

Then the rain started. It was heavy enough that full waterproofs needed to be put on but the temperature was warm enough for thin trousers and a top…typical.

After some gentle climbing over dispersed rocks we were on to a plateau before it gently steepened then we hit a steep large boulder field which would take us onto the summit plateau.

The summit of Cùl Mòr is marked by a cairn and a trig point with a stone circular wind shelter. On a fine day there would have been spectacular views out to the sea and across Assynt, today at the summit we were hit with wind and rain and some low lying clouds so the full view was not there but it was very atmospheric. Needless to say we didn’t hang around for long.

We very quickly made our way down from the summit and as we got just slightly lower views improved once more but the terrain did not and we were back on to boggy wet land for most of the way back to the van.

The rain stopped though!

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