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

TERRAIN   

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

STARTING POINT 

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

TERRAIN   

Stalkers' path for approach, then open heather slopes

STARTING POINT

A835 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

TERRAIN

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

STARTING POINT

Parking area on north of minor road from Achiltibuie just before road dips down to Culnacraig.  Start Grid Ref NC061041

 

CANISP (Corbett)

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

TERRAIN

Mostly pathless ascent across fairly featureless stony terrain

STARTING POINT

Parking area (marked P) just north of Loch Awe on A837. Map and directions.  Start 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.

TERRAIN

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.

STARTING POINT

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

TERRAIN

Mostly good hill paths. Mountainous terrain with some very steep ground but only a minimal amount of scrambling.

STARTING POINT

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.

TERRAIN

Stalkers' path for approach, then steep climb with some scree and open plateau. Loch outflow may be tricky to cross in spate.

STARTING POINT

Inchnadamph.  Start Grid Ref NC251216

 

BEN MORE ASSYNT AND CONIVAL (Munro)

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.

TERRAIN

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.

STARTING POINT

Car park by Inchnadamph hotel.  Start Grid Ref NC251216


SUILVEN (Graham)

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

TERRAIN

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

STARTING POINT

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

TERRAIN

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 POINT

Bone Caves car park, A835.  Start Grid Ref NC253178

 



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