You have to start any self-respecting Scrambling blog with the UK’s Number One destination : An Teallach!
Brooding over Little Loch Broom, across the water from Ullapool, An Teallach serves up every thrilling aspect of scrambling in the Highlands of Scotland.
Sam and I climbed the complete ridge in July 2010, in a day of solid mist and rain.
The walk in is pretty tame – giving no hint of what’s to come.
However, things take a turn when you arrive at the foot of the first set of pinnacles : Corrag Bhuidhe
There’s a fine line between Scrambling and full-blown climbing – and An Teallach gives you every opportunity to cross that line!
The pinnacle face provides about 4 or 5 pitches – up to a pretty extreme (for scrambling level). Roping up – and a leader who knows what he’s doing – is essential for this section. But if you tick those boxes then you’re in for a great day.
And did I mention exposure ? This is where Exposure was invented : look between your legs (if you dare) – and you see right down to the loch 1,500 feet below.
Once you’ve climbed Corrag Bhuidhe, the worst is over – and you’re onto one of the most awe inspiring ridges in all of the Highlands.
The next main event is to sit on Lord Barclays Seat. Dangle your feet over the precipice and dare yourself to look down.
We continued along the ridge, until as we approached Sgurr Fiona, the sun briefly shone and looking backwards, we could see the whole ridge breaking through the mist. The perfect location for a long overdue lunch !
A fantastic day – and scrambling at it’s best!