MOUNTAIN WALKS IN AND AROUND ASSYNT
STAC POLLAIDH RIDGE AND CIRCUIT (Graham)
Distance 4.5km / 2.75 miles Time 2 - 4 hours Ascent 510m DIFFICULTY ***
This circuit heads around spectacular Stac Pollaidh (often anglicised to Stac Polly) with an optional ascent up to the ridge. The whole walk has great views over Assynt to the north and the Summer Isles and Achiltibuie to the south and west. Reaching the true summit of Stac Pollaidh involves a tricky scramble
An excellent pitched path makes the going good underfoot. The climb up to the ridge is steep. The route described does not reach the true, western summit of the mountain which requires a high level of scrambling expertise
Stac Pollaidh car park. Start Grid Ref NC107095
CUL BEAG (Corbett)
Distance 10.5km / 6.5 miles Time 4 - 5 hours Ascent 729m DIFFICULTY ****
Cul Beag is perhaps one of the less climbed of the strange, monolithic peaks of Coigach, but it is a hill of great character and a stunning viewpoint. The shortest ascent is from Linneraineach, but the longer eastern approach gives a gentler route
Stalkers' path for approach, then open heather slopes
STARTING POINTA835 south of Knockan Crag. Start Grid Ref NC184078
BEN MORE COIGACH & SGURR AN FHIDHLEIR (Graham)
Distance 10.5km / 6.5 miles Time 5 - 7 hours Ascent 870m DIFFICULTY ****
Ben More Coigach rises like a great sea-wall and the airy and dramatic Garbh Choireachan ridge has sweeping views in all directions. This horseshoe route then ascends the pointed peak of the Fiddler, Sgurr an Fhidhleir. Prominent as a massive triangle of rock from Stac Pollaidh, its north face falls away vertically beneath the summit
Faint moorland path, very steep ascent, narrow airy sandstone ridge with bypass path to avoid any trickier scrambling. Rough moorland descent with path on lower section. Good navigation needed in poor weather
Parking area on north of minor road from Achiltibuie just before road dips down to Culnacraig. Start Grid Ref NC061041
Distance 12km / 7.5 miles Time 5 - 6 hours Ascent 710m DIFFICULTY ****
Canisp is a fine cone-shaped Corbett when seen from the west, and a steep wall from the north. Its eastern slopes are much more open lower down and give the shortest ascent, the chief reward of which are the superb views of the surrounding Assynt peaks
Mostly pathless ascent across fairly featureless stony terrain
Parking area (marked P) just north of Loch Awe on A837. Map and directionsStart Grid Ref NC250161
CUL MOR (Corbett)
Distance 13.5km / 8.5 miles Time 4 - 5.5 hours Ascent 808m DIFFICULTY ****
A popular and - given its dramatic outline - reasonably straightforward Corbett with superb views over the other isolated monoliths of Assynt and Coigach including Stac Pollaidh and Suilven.
Excellent stalkers path for the approach. There is a wetter section, and a short boulder field on the approach to the summit. Some pathless terrain.
Layby on A835 just north of the Knockan Crag visitor centre.
Start Grid Ref NC189095
QUINAG: THE THREE CORBETTS SPIDEAN COINICH, SAIL GORM & SAIL GHARBH
Distance 14km / 8.75 miles Time 7.5 - 8.5 hours Ascent 1130m DIFFICULTY ****
Quinag is a magnificent and complex mountain with three summits attaining Corbett status. The ascent of all three is one of the finest hill walks in Scotland, with fine peaks, dramatic ridges and stunning views. If the full walk is too much, the ascent of the first peak (with a return the same way) is a short and fairly straightforward hill walk with rewards out of all proportion to the effort involved. The mountain is under the stewardship of the John Muir Trust
Mostly good hill paths. Mountainous terrain with some very steep ground but only a minimal amount of scrambling.
Car park on road to Kylesku. Start Grid Ref NC232273
GLAS BHEINN, INCHNADAMPH (Corbett)
Distance 15.75km / 9.75 miles Time 5.5 - 6.5 hours Ascent 770m DIFFICULTY ****
The northernmost summit of the great range which borders the eastern side of Assynt and runs over Conival to Breabag, Glas Bheinn receives comparatively little attention. It's ascent still provides a good walk in stunning surroundings.
Stalkers' path for approach, then steep climb with some scree and open plateau. Loch outflow may be tricky to cross in spate.
Inchnadamph. Start Grid Ref NC251216
Distance 17km / 10.75 miles Time 7 - 9 hours Ascent 1265m DIFFICULTY ****
The only Munros in Assynt, these two mountains are connected by a fine ridge and give a very rough but rewarding ascent combined with the amazing views characteristic of all the Assynt peaks.
The going can be fairly wet on the valley approach; higher up these mountains are rocky and largely scree-covered making for very rough going.
Car park by Inchnadamph hotel. Start Grid Ref NC251216
Distance 19.5km / 12.25 miles Time 7 - 9 hours Ascent 834m (Profile) DIFFICULTY ****
Suilven may be only 731 metres high, but its unique outline, challenging remoteness and superlative views make it one of the finest mountains in Britain
Paths throughout by the route described; one section is very boggy, and the climb to the ridge is very steep. Very simple scrambling on the ridge
End of public road from Lochinver towards Glencanisp Lodge, or alternatively park at the Inverkirkaig car park and walk up past the Feinn Loch. Start Grid Ref NC107219
BREABAG AND THE CAVES OF ASSYNT (Corbett)
Distance 20km / 12.5 miles Time 7 - 9 hours Ascent 778m (Profile) DIFFICULTY ****
Breabag may lack the dramatic outline of the other peaks in Assynt and Coigach, but it certainly provides plenty of interest. This route climbs up past the Bone Caves to make a fairly rapid ascent, but then heads north along a very rough ridge of quartzite before descending past more limestone caves to Inchnadamph. Returning to the Bone Caves car park is a 4km road walk
Rough and rugged terrain, with moorland, heather, some bog, and quartzite boulders and slabs. 4km of road walking at end unless transport is arranged
STARTING POINTBone Caves car park, A835. Start Grid Ref NC253178
Translate This Page