The Ring of Steall : test your metal

The Ring of Steall offers everything you might order for a big day out in the Scottish Highlands – with that little extra thrown in.  So you get 4 Munros and enough 3,000′ peaks to lose count, easy but airy scrambling, narrow snow-lined ridges even in July, a heart stopping clamber over a rope bridge – and a full day of fantastic views.  The little extra ?  That would be the ever present vista of Ben Nevis just across the glen, teasing you with a clear view of the whole CMD Arete ridgeline.

Start point for our anti-clockwise route was the car park at Achriabhach (NN 145683). Head East along the road for a 100m to pick up a good footpath, slowly climbing the glen beside the Allt Coire a Mhusgain.  Leave this track at NN148676 and head up the shoulder towards the day’s first peak, Sgurr a’Mhaim at 3,400′.  From here the views really open up, with sentinal of Stobb Ban to the West and the whole Ring curving round to the East.

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The Ring of Steall : just count those peaks!

The next section provides much of the day’s scrambling excitement, earning it’s title of ‘The Devil’s Ridge’.

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Beinn Eighe : the greatest wild swimming in the World ?

Each of Torridon’s three great ridge walks provide a unique mountain experience.  On a sunny day, Beinn Eighe sparkles with alpine brightness, topped completely in quartzite icing.  The hidden gem though nestles on the far side of the range, with the turquoise waters of Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair lapping gently against the magnificent cliffs of the Triple Buttress.

Best to park at the small parking area near the bridge (OS ref NR 958568).  Walk East up the road for about a mile and the follow the clear path that leads up towards Coire an Laoigh.  The grassy start soon steepens as it approaches the quartzite ‘wall’.  Continue reading

Liathach, Torridon

Torridon is the Glen of Giants : Beinn Eighe, Beinn Alligin and scariest of all, Lithach!

Every budding scambler should spend 1/2 a week in this fantastic setting : great scenery, iconic mountain ridges – and a fantastic pub for long evenings reliving hairy moments from the day!  For relative luxury, try the Torridon Inn (where the excellent bar is), or for those on a budget the Youth Hostel is the place to go.

Easiest way on to the ridge is to follow the stream (see the map below).  The going is rocky and you’re starting from sea level – but the view ahead spurs you on.

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An Teallach – because it’s got everything!

You have to start any self-respecting Scrambling blog with the UK’s Number One destination : An Teallach!
Brooding over Little Loch Broom, across the water from Ullapool, An Teallach serves up every thrilling aspect of scrambling in the Highlands of Scotland.

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