Bike & hike: Munros Lurg Mhor & Bidein a’Choire Sheasgaich
As I close in on my first Munro round, I found a perfect weather window for two remote Munros, Lurg Mhor & Bidein a’Choire Sheasgaich (aka “cheesecake).
It was August 19, 2020, when Hubby G and I cycled and walked the route of 40km (24.5 miles) from Attadale in north-west Scotland.
Last year, I signed up to a project, the New Munro Table, which calls for each of the 282 Munros to be walked and recorded as part of an arts initiative. I have no idea why I chose two of the most remote Munros, but we can now proudly tick them off the “table”.
We already had tired legs after two days on the Cuillin Munros in Skye, which meant that the route to Lurg Mhor & Coire Sheasgaich seemed longer and harder that it might if we were fresher.
However, we still throughly enjoyed the outing. It’s a great route, starting with a long and undulating (to say the least) track to reach the base of the Munros. We were surprised by the long uphill, then downhill and then another uphill and long downhill. (You can imagine how this felt on the return bike ride! That first uphill seemed to go on forever.)
The two Munros are very rewarding. The views from almost every point are superb and we thoroughly enjoyed the fine weather and the chance to stop and take in the vistas on numerous occasions.
We chose to summit Lurg Mhor first. There were a few false summits/headlands before we could finally see – and then reach – the top at 986m. I was thrilled because this Munro left me only 10 to go for my first round.
There is a fairly lengthy descent to the bealach and then another long-ish ascent to Bidein a’Choire Sheasgaich, which is only 945m.
There is a choice of descent routes from Bidein a’Choire Sheasgaich and we decided to head back the way we had ascended. As usual, the walk back along the lower level track to reach our bikes seemed far further on the return than on the way out.
See Walkhighlands for a route, although we actually completed an out and back.
See a video of the outing:
Munros: 272 & 273.