Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow!

9th January 2019

Well, it looked and felt wintry today in the Wester Ross hills, with a few cm of new snow on the summits. But I’m afraid, it will be short lived – warm conditions for the next two days with hill fog and drizzle at times.

A good start to the day, frosty with light winds. A grainy shot (it was too dark!) of the Fannaichs at the head of Loch Broom. Sgurr Mor is the prominent ‘pointy’ hill.

Red sky in the morning…… And so it was as a warm front drifted over the hills by midday with rising temperatures, hill fog and drizzle. The westmost Fannaich hills of (left to right) Meall a Chrasgaidh, Sgurr nan Clach Geala (behind), Sgurr Breac and A’ Chailleach.

The snowline was around 650m initially before the warm air arrived. A cloud cap on Sgurr nan Clach Geala is a good indication of a change to poorer weather.

Looking up the shoulder of Druim Reidh to Toman Coinneach (todays obs site) with the Munros of Sgurr Breac on the left and A’ Chailleach to the right.

One advantage of a shallow snow cover and good weather is that animal tracks are obvious. Here, a Fox (left) and Hare are ‘following’ each other! Both tracks went over the top of Toman Coinneach at 935m.

The Ptarmigan continue to be ‘worried’ about the lack of snow cover…. The remote Munros in the ‘Great Wilderness’ of Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair (left) and Sgurr Ban are in the background.

Looking across to the Torridon and Achnashellach hills with thickening cloud ahead of the warm front.

Beinn Eighe and Liathach from the summit of Toman Coinneach.


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