Corbetts

 

Named after John Corbett, these are hills of a height between 2500ft and 3000ft with a drop of at least 500ft between each listed hill and any adjacent higher one. The present list contains 221 Corbetts.

 

 

Meall a’ Ghiuthais ‘Hill of the Pine Tree’ 887m/2910ft NG 976 634. October 2005 Route Map

This is Corbett #39. We started this walk from the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve’s visitor centre in Kinlochewe following their very well marked and well made path on the ‘Mountain Trail’. When we reached the plateau we then couldn’t resist just popping up Meall ‘’ Ghiuthais, steep climb and very windy – but worth it! We then came back down and picked up the remainder of the trail back to the centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beinn Chuirn ‘Cairn Hill’ 880m/2887ft NN 280 292. 20th October 2013 Route Map

This is Corbett #48 along the beautiful Glen Lochy near Tyndrum.

This walk took 5 hours, but we also took in the summit of the smaller hill next door of Beinn Dubh.

We started from the lovely cottage of Tigh An Beag, where we were staying for the week. Firstly we walked east along the A85 for about 300m to cross the train line then we walked down to a bridge over the River Lochy (not marked on OS map – but it’s there!) From there we followed a track through the wood (again, not marked on the map) to the edge of the forest about 1km due south of the house (as the crow flies). We then climbed southeast up to the ridge at 731m where we then turned and headed up to the summit of Beinn Chuirn. The final bit was in thick fog and there were no paths on any of the walk, however, nearer the top we picked up old fence posts that mark the parish boundary and they took us straight to the cairn at 880m. We then headed down slightly north-west and had lunch. We then walked due west to Beinn Dubh at 696m. We had good views from hear as it was below the fog line. We then headed back down into Garbh Choirean and onto home.

 

 

Ben Vrackie ‘Speckled Hill’ 841m/2759ft NN 950 632. 19th April 2012 Route Map

Ben Vrackie is Corbett #101. This 3 hour walk is #33 walk from Cameron McNeish’s ‘Scotland’s 100 Best walks’. From the car park just north of the village of Moulin (near Pitlochry) the excellent path all the way to the summit is clearly marked, so an easy but very pleasant walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Coomb ‘Hill of the White Valley’ 821m/2693ft NT 163 150. 17th July 2013 Route Map

Climbed again on 3rd April 2014

This is Corbett #123 just outside the lovely town of Moffat.

Walk #25 walk from Cameron McNeish’s ‘Scotland’s 100 Best walks’.

Took 3½ hours, and very nice it was too. Starting from the large NTS car park following up Grey Mare’s Tail passed the Waterfalls (at 60m it is the 5th tallest falls in the UK). The walk is very easy to navigate after it leaves the main path above the falls as it follows a wall all the way to the summit! The ‘bowl’ by Midlaw burn was beautiful – especially today as the weather was perfect; warm and sunny with a little breeze and cloud from time to time.

Re-walked on 3rd April 2014, but walked up to Loch Skeen first then up to the North to Lochcraig Head, across to Firthhope Rig then to White Coomb before descending steeply back down (following the wall) to the path.

 

 

 

Hart Fell 808m/2650ft NT 113 135. 16th July 2013 Route Map

Climbed again on 11th April 2014 Route Map 2

This is Corbett #145 just outside the lovely town of Moffat.

We did the 7 hour walk #24 walk from Cameron McNeish’s ‘Scotland’s 100 Best walks’.

Starting from the parking spot by the hall near Russell’s Brae the first part upto Hart Fell summit goes passed the Hart Fell Spa where we stopped for a drink of the high water; What a taste! It almost tastes like blood! I guess because of the high Iron content.

Upto the summit, over Arthur’s seat, is all very lovely and with fantastic views of the rolling hills. The next part of the walk via Barncorse Knowe and the Crown of Scotland felt all a bit unecessary and, without any clear paths, it was all a real trudge! It would have been better to cross to ‘Great Hill’ above the Beef Tub along the Annandale Way following the fence line along Chalk Rig Edge. The section around the Beef Tub and then back to the car along the track was fantastic – especially as we had such lovely weather in the early evening.

Re-walkde on 11th April 2014. This time we started from Moffat Water Hall and climbed North east across moorland to the fence near Nether Coomb Craig which we then followed via Falcon Craig to Hart Fell, we then decended steeply into Blackhope – what fantastic views!! Route Map

 

Farragon Hill ‘St.Fergan’s hill’ 783m/2568ft NN 840 553. 10th April 2014 Route Map

Corbett #186 a 20 minute drive from where we were staying in Blair Atholl to park at the large parking area by Netherton (on the road along the South side of Loch Tummel). A really good old mining track (the mineral barytes was originally mined here) leads 4½ miles uphill through open moorland past  Beinn Eagagach to within ½ mile of the rocky summit. The last bit across boggy moorland climbing steeply the final 200m takes a bit of negotiating but the views from the top across to Schiehhallion to the West and the Munros of Carn a’Chlamain and Beinn A’Ghlo to the North east are fantastic.

 

 

 

 

Beinn Spionnaidh ‘Hill of Strength’ 773m/2536ft NC 362 573. 17th April 2011 Route Map

Corbett #203, and a special one; Beinn Spionnaidh is the most northerly Corbett and, indeed, the most northerly high ground of any consequence in Britain. We took 5 hours to climb this hill from ‘Carbreck’; the cottage we stayed at during our week in the far North West. Walking first along the track to the farm ‘Rhigolter’ then making our way up the hill to Cioch Bheag then to Cioch Mhor then to the summit; windy but a fine day with great views from the top; a lovely hill!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stac Pollaidh ‘The Stack at the Pool’ 612m/2007ft NC 107 106. 27th May 2016 Route Map

Graham #219. I started this from the car park on the minor road to Achiltilbuie. It has a really good path all the way up & around and is an easy 2 hour walk. I took a bit longer as it was such a perfect day weather-wise and it was worth stopping to look at all the magnificent views. I also took a very short detour on the way down to Meall a’Chaorainn again just to enjoy the views and the peace and quiet.

The summit of Stac Pollaidh is very rocky and there are many little paths and routes, I had a good look around but I couldn’t find an accepatble route to the actual summit (I reached 609m) but the summit cairn was very tricky to reach and involved some very exposed rock scrambling – not for me!

 

 

 

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