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Glas Bheinn & Eas a' Chual Aluinn (waterfall) Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km
Ascent - 3100 feet / 939 metres
Grade - moderate
Start - OS grid reference NC238284
Lat 58.209055 + Long -5.0006312
Postcode IV27 4HW (approx. location only)
This walk explores a stunningly beautiful area of country to the east of the A894 a few miles south of Kylesku village. It is not a route to be completed in poor visibility unless your micro-navigation skills are perfect. The route starts with a steep climb onto the north ridge of Glas Bheinn before continuing to its summit where superb views of the mountains of Southerland. Continuing the walk descends to a col where a stalker's path is joined to traverse wild country with many small lochans and complex topography to reach the Eas a' Chual Aluinn. The route is completed by continuing through interesting and complex topography back to the start. It is worth noting that there are some sections where you traverse wet ground and appropriate footwear in recommended.
The start is alongside the A894 a few miles south of Kylesku roughly opposite the southern end of Loch na Gainmhich where a path joins the road (grid ref. NC238284). Walk east along this path to reach a path junction in less than 200 metres. Turn right and climb gently with the slopes of Glas Bheinn rising ahead to your left. Continue along this path until you are opposite a grassy section on the hillside that runs steeply up onto of the main ridge of Glas Bheinn (approx. grid ref. NC239274). Head steeply uphill and make surprisingly rapid progress to emerge onto the ridge. The view across the main road to Quinag is immediately impressive.
Turn south along the ridge soon reaching the summit, which is domed yet still offers some grand views. To the north and east of the summit are deep coires and these need to be avoided in the descent. So leave the summit and walk southeast taking care not to bear too far to your left into Coire Gorm. There is evidence of a path as you reach the top of a narrowing ridge leading down to Bealach na h-Uidhe. As you descend you get you a good view northeast into the terrain that is about to be traversed.
At the bealach turn left on the stalkers path. At first the path strikes north before looping back on itself to pass above a lochan. From now on your micro-navigation skills need to be good! Using the 1:25000 map, make sure you are know exactly where you are at all times. Generally speaking the path ahead is clear on the ground but there are a couple of places where wet ground is crossed and the path loses definition. These are the places where going astray is easily done. Assuming all is well you will reach the pair of lochans at grid ref. NC279270. The path goes between the lochans to reach a path junction. Go left here and continue to the ford and path junction below Loch Poll Amhluaidh (grid ref. NC273277). From here you have the option of making an out and back visit to the Eas a' Chual Aluinn (waterfall).
After visiting the waterfall continue on the main path climbing steadily to eventually skirt Loch Bealach a' Bhuirich on its northern shores. The path then follows the stream from this loch. There is a path junction at grid ref. NC250288 where you will need to turn west (left). Vigilance is required to find this as the actual junction is indistinct. If in doubt choose the best line and descend towards the path running along the southern shore of Loch na Gainmhich where you will pick up the path back to the start.