|Dun Corr-bhile from
|Estimated net time||1½-2 hours|
|Drinking water||No access to drinking water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (April 2009).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at the car park at trail head (fee).|
|Start height||1 metre|
|Vertical metres||365 metres for the roundtrip|
|Trip distance||7.7 km|
Start from where road A83 makes a 90° turn at the north end of Main Street through Inveraray, by the public car park and the pier. Walk along road A83 towards Inverary Castle, and follow the road past the castle and the castle's car park. Then walk across the bridge and turn right onto the path that goes into the forest (do not turn 90° right onto the first gravel road, but turn 45° onto the path that leads into the forest immediately after the gravel road). Follow the path through the forest until you get to a field. Cross the field and continue on the forest road on the other side of the field. When the forest road forks follow the right leg, marked by blue arrow, and continue on this forest road/path all the way to the subsidiary top of Dun Corr-bhile. From here continue back down to the saddle between the subsidiary top and the actual summit, and then head directly to the summit through the open forest. The summit is marked by a cairn.
For the descent head back down to the saddle and then follow your ascent route back to Inveraray.
30. April 2009
Pål, Håvard and me had flown across to Aberdeen from Norway this morning for our annual golf/whisky/mountain week-end. The plan for this Thursday was to climb Ben Macdui before driving to Inveraray to team up with the rest of the guys. But because of terrible weather our attempt at Ben Macdui was aborted below 1000 metres, after less than one hour, so we arrived Inveraray earlier than planned. That left me time to take on Dun Corr-bhile for the third time, and for the first time equipped with camera and GPS. Also, the weather had improved a lot since we left Cairngorms, so this would be a nice evening hike.
My travel companions didn't fancy a second hike of the day, and instead found themselves prime locations in the excellent bar at The George Hotel, while I was partly running and partly walking up to Dun Corr-bhile, via its subsidiary top. And then back down.
When I returned to The George the guys were well into their drinks, and I wasn't hard to persuade to join them for a couple before having a shower and getting changed; no after-skiing activities can be better than post-hike drinking in the bar at The George Hotel!