I was wondering what hill to write about next and this is one that has been staring me in the face for over a decade. It is right opposite my home on Loch Torridon. The view above is taken from the summit of Beinn Alligin, looking across Loch Torridon and onto Beinn Damph, behind which you can see Loch Damph – home incidentally to some extremely large trout.
This is an extremely walker friendly hill of about 5 hours. I would recommend to anyone who would not necessarily wish to undergo the rigors of the nearby Munros. In fact Beinn Damph at 2,963 feet falls just short of a Munro so is designated a Corbett. Many people miss it because it is not a Munro. They are missing out as it is well worth the climb because of the stupendous views over Loch Torridon and nearby Beinn Alligin and Liathach.
I have been up four times, three times ascending from the conventional route from near the Loch Torridon Hotel and once from the other side from Loch Damph itself. The latter was a mistake as it was a hard gruelling struggle at the foot of the hill up to the ridge without any defined paths and I managed to attract the attention of quite a few deer tics which always scare me intensely. Not surprising as the Beinn Damph’s translated name is “Hill of the Stag” and it stands in the middle of the Ben Damph deer estate.
These photos below are (from left to right) taken from the slopes of Beinn Damph looking North West, looking North East onto Liathach and Fasaig (some call it Torridon) village and due North from the stalkers path. It is worth traversing the length of the ridge from the summit to the mini peak overlooking directly onto Loch Torridon.