The common approach from Dalcross leads down
Glen Affric and Glen Lichd into Strath Croe. On entering Strath Croe, obvious signs of habitation and agriculture are seen and a left turn
brings you toward the Kintail base a few hundred metres away at Morvich.
Above Strath Croe, heading towards Loch Duich. Click on the photograph for more details.
Approaching from the west or south-east may lead you down Glen Shiel
or Loch Alsh to the head of Loch Duich near Shiel Bridge. Turn ENE and you are headed into Strath Croe. The main A87(T) road crosses the
loch on a causeway. 1200m beyond this, another road crosses the strath and just beyond that second road, near the left end of a line of coniferous
trees, is the Kintail base.
The Kintail base is a single-storey L-shaped building across the road from
the caravan site.
North to South: RIVER - CARAVAN SITE - ROAD - KINTAIL BASE.
In the field to the east of the building is a hardened area for landing helicopters. It is obstruction-free within a radius of at least 25m.
Low domestic electricity wires pass to the south and the west at a minimum distance of 35m. It is best suited to landing on a heading of about 210 degrees which is head into the prevailing winds and facing the nearest obstructions.
During summer, there may be tents pitched in the triangular grass area across the road from the landing site. Avoiding a final approach from the North will prevent damage to tents by downwash.
On close approach, you will be able to identify the hardened area. It is about 20m across and slightly raised. In case of difficulty, ask by radio for assistance from the ground.
A track is provided for ambulance access to the landing site from the Morvich road.
It is normal practice, as defined in the UK Land SAR Standard Operating Procedure, for all Kintail MRT control locations, vehicles and hill parties to be listening to the UK Land SAR Calling Channel, 62A.
The full range of UK Land SAR channels are available. A restricted number of marine channels are available within that channel set.
Kintail Base - The fixed location shown above.
Kintail Oscar - A Landrover Defender 110. Colour: white and orange.
Kintail Whiskey - A Landrover Defender 110. Colour: white.
Kintail Quebec - A radio cabin 4m long and mounted on a double-wheeled trailer.
All Kintail hill-parties have one radio on 62A.
AIR TO GROUND COLLABORATION
The Kintail principals for air to ground collaboration promote efficient
joint-working between ground and air SAR assets in mountainous regions.
Alternatively, telephone Kyle Police.
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