After camping by the road last night at the most westerly point on the UK mainland, James and myself had an early start walking into the ring crags of Ardnamurchan. In just under an hour we were stood under Creag Meall an Fhir-Eoin (craggy lump of the eagle) looking up at the dry Gabbro slabs.
We started up Yir*** VS 4c and a classic of the crag and good slab climbing. By 9am we were onto our second route, Leftovers HVS 5a which starts up a chimney and then the second pitch is very good slab climbing with a thin crack for your fingers. We then moved onto Crater Comforts* VS 4c as the sun was rising and the views were getting better, most of the climbing is on the steeper lower section of this route.
After a bit of lunch we walked the short distance to Meall an Fhir-Eoin (lump of the eagle) and climbed Vulcan* VS, the first pitch is slightly bolder than the rest of the routes but good gear further up and very good climbing. With toes and fingers hurting we finished with the easy additional pitch above of Pyroclast** Severe 4b, where we topped out to great sunny views of Rum, Eigg, and back onto the mainland.