Great Winter Scenery From Sgùrr na h-Ulaidh, ‘Glencoe’s Hidden Corner’

Well my friend Petr and I took off early once again Thursday morning (March 10th) for a trip up to Glencoe. It was a very different morning to back in February when we went from pouring rain in Cumbernauld to snowy conditions over Drumochter to white out conditions on Bynack More.

Thanks to high pressure, this time around was beautifully clear, calm and cold with star filled skies. It made for a picture perfect day for a drive and walk in the Scottish Highlands.

For much of the way up between Crainlarich and Glencoe, the dash read -6C.

CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

We set our sights this time on 3,261ft Sgùrr na h-Ulaidh, tugged in behind Aonach Dubh a’Ghlinne which keeps this mountain hidden from the busy A82.

Before reaching the west end of Glencoe, we stopped off at Loch Ba, Rannoch Moor for some views of the mountains just as daylight was breaking.

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CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

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Further along and into the heart of Glencoe we had stunning early morning views of 3,350ft Buachaille Etive Mòr.

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CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

We stopped and parked the car in a sizable lay by just before Glencoe Visitors Centre and started the walk and eventual climb.

Ground and atmospheric conditions we’re near perfect, except for some inevitable bogginess. However, as expected, snow, ice and steepness became our new world mid way up. The lack of wind was a great help.

Petr and I got 3 quarters of the way up and stopped for some great photo opportunities overlooking the Glencoe and Glen Etive hills. We had a very clear view looking west to the Isle of Mull and open Atlantic and of Ben Nevis to the north.

The view was so spectacular that we spent up to an hour simply taking pictures from every possible angle. The silence and lack of wind (most of the time) was sublime.

While I admit I was struggling with the combination of snow, ice, rock and steepness, time was against us and unfortunately we didn’t reach the summit on this occasion. Despite that disappointment, I think you’ll agree that the trip was well worth it from a photography point of view.

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CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

CREDIT: PETR KOLEGAR

CREDIT: PETR KOLEGAR

CREDIT: PETR KOLEGAR

CREDIT: PETR KOLEGAR

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CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

CREDIT: MARK VOGAN

Here’s a great video Petr has put together of our latest trip. Subscribe to Petr’s channel.

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