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Beinn Talaidh

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This fine hill, on the Isle of Mull, illustrates one of the slightly ludicrous aspects of obsessively ticking a hill only if it lives on a list. It was recently re-surveyed by the O.S. and came out at 761m, having been 763m. As the list of Corbetts has a minimum height requirement of 762m poor old Beinn Talaidh became an ex-Corbett. Nothing else has changed, and it remains a fine hill, perhaps all the quieter now for having been 'demoted'.

The ferry* from Oban runs frequently to Craignure, from where a bus can be taken to Bunessan and Fionnphort. Don't forget to hop out at the head of Glen Forsa (643 329), on the A849, for the start of this short walk. A track goes NW through the Ceann Chnocain forest which can be followed a short way before emerging on to the open shoulder of Maol nam Fiadh, the extremity of the ridge leading towards the summit.

Take the ridge, which bends gradually NW then north to the summit. There are no difficulties. The name means the alluring or soothing hill and certainly the view on a clear day is just that, with surrounding hills such as Dun da Ghaoithe to the east and of course Ben More to the west. All around are the sparkling waters of the Hebrides. Breathe deeply and relax.

* Ferry travels from Oban to Craignure on Mull, 45 minutes trip time. Contact or telephone (Oban) 01631 566 688. There are local buses on Mull.


Maps: OS Sheet 49 'Oban & East Mull'
Distance: 5.5 km
Ascent: 650m
Time: 3.5 hours
Food & Drink: There are facilities including a hotel at Craignure, where the Oban ferry calls.


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