A motorbike tour to Ullapool, the Wester Ross coastal trail plus climbing Cul Mor
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As autumn got into full swing a small but very select few of the Mahgroynin Mountaineering club set off for a weekend in Ullapool.  I chose to combine the weekend with some biking, and rode up on the Friday evening.  The weather was beautiful, but very cold with new snow on the Cairngorms reflecting brightly in the moonlight as I passed.  This was the first Mahgroynin weekend Kenny had organised and true to tradition, he  raised the game once again by providing meals on both Friday and Saturday nights.  Excellent cuisine but a shame there were only six of us to enjoy it.  There is some truth in the rumour that he is now known as Kenny-no-mates, but it's quite unjustified.

On the Saturday after a leisurely start (we lay in bed whilst ordering Kenny out to go and buy all that was needed for a full Scottish breakfast) we thought about doing Suilven, but decided against it because it's such a long walk in.  In bright sunshine and temperatures that rose to 19 degrees C, (mid-October) we climbed Cul Mor instead.  It's a beautiful mountain and the area has to be one of the most spectacular in Scotland.  Needles to say the views from the top were stunning.  On the Sunday I rode the scenic way home via the west coast to admire the many magnificent mountains on the way - An Teallach, Slioch, Beinn Eighe, Liathach, Beinn Alligin, The Five Sisters and many more.  It was a 350 mile trip home but it was well worth it, only when I got back towards the east side of the country did the weather turn cold once more.  Some photos of the trip are below, and more of the area from a previous Mahgroynin outing are here.

 

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