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The 62 mountain walks in this guidebook cover Scotland's north-west peninsula, north of Ullapool. Mainly day walks, taking in peaks such as Suilven, Quinag, Morven and Scaraben, with three longer mountain traverses (Assynt Horseshoe, a Raey traverse and a long ascent of Cranstackie).
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The old counties of Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, and Caithness, forming Scotland's north west peninsula, contain some of the country's most spectacular scenery, and boast many of the most shapely and challenging hills in the British Isles. Stack Polly, Suilven, and Ben Loyal have been favourite postcard peaks for generations, and many visitors come to the far north just to enjoy the unique scenery with its knobbly gneiss moors, jutting peaks, rugged coastline and unspoilt villages.
For these visitors, the far north provides almost endless possibilities. Attractions include boat trips to interesting offshore islands with impressive sea cliffs and colonies of sea birds, fascinating antiquities tracing Scotland's history from stone-age man to the shameful clearances, and a number of low-level scenic attractions such as Britain's highest waterfall and some of the best beaches in the UK.
For the more adventurous visitor, the hills offer a wealth of challenging and enjoyable outings, from simple half-day walks to demanding multi-day expeditions, and all in the most wild and lonely terrain that Scotland has to offer.
This guide, selectively covering the whole northern peninsula from Ullapool northwards, will be a valuable aid for any visitor to the area, giving information on camping and accommodation, road access, local bases, topography and climate, as well as 62 walking routes varying in length from 3km to 56km.
Route 28 (Page 80)
A new path, built by the John Muir Trust, now aids the eastern approach to Spidean Coinich. Follow the path heading towards Lochan Bealach a Chornaidh to pick up the new path, which climbs south-west onto Spidean’s south-east ridge.
Route 57 (Page 131)
On the descent of Spidean Coinich via the south-east ridge, look out for the new path, built by the John Muir Trust on the lower slopes, which heads north-east to join the path coming from the Bealach a Chornaidh, giving a more comfortable descent and avoiding an area of eroding peat.
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|Plants, Birds and Animals|
|Roads within the Area|
|Using the Guide|
|Gaelic and Norse Place-names|
|Assynt and Coigach|
|Ben Mor Coigach, 743m (2438ft)|
|Route 1 Ascent of Ben Mor Coigach from Acheninver youth hostel|
|Route 2 Ascent of Ben Mor Coigach from the Achiltibuie road|
|Cul Beag, 769m (2523ft)|
|Route 3 Ascent of Cul Beag from Drumrunie|
|Route 4 Ascent of Cul Beag from Linneraineach|
|Route 5 Cul Beag to Stac Pollaidh link route|
|Stac Pollaidh (Stack Polly), 613m (2011ft)|
|Route 6 Ascent to Stac Pollaidh's main col from Loch Lurgainn|
|Route 7 Traverse of Stac Pollaidh's summit ridge|
|Cul Mor, 849m (2785ft)|
|Route 8 Ascent of Cul Mor from Knockanrock|
|Route 9 Ascent of Cul Mor from the A835 via An Laogh|
|Route 10 Ascent of Cul Mor from Linneraineach via south-west face|
|Route 11 Cul Mor to Cul Beag link route|
|Suilven, 731m (2398ft)|
|Route 12 Suilven approach from Elphin|
|Route 13 Suilven approach from Lochinver|
|Route 14 Suilven ascent from the north-east|
|Route 15 Suilven ascent from Inverkirkaig|
|Route 16 Suilven approach from Little Assynt|
|Route 17 Traverse of the Suilven summit ridge|
|Canisp, 846m (2776ft)|
|Route 18 Canisp ascent from Little Assynt|
|Route 19 Canisp ascent from Loch Awe|
|Route 20 Canisp to Suilven link route|
|Breabag, 800m (2625ft)|
|Route 21 Breabag ascent from Benmore Lodge|
|Route 22 Breabag ascent from Allt nan Uamh|
|Route 23 Breabag to Conival link route|
|Ben More Assynt, 998m (3274ft), and Conival, 984m (3228ft)|
|Route 24 Ben More Assynt and Conival ascent from Inchnadamph|
|Route 25 The Oykell Horseshoe from Kinlochailsh|
|Glas Bheinn, 776m (2546ft), and Beinn Uidhe, 740m (2428ft)|
|Route 26 Glas Bheinn and Beinn Uidhe ascent from Loch na Gainmhich|
|Route 27 Beinn Uidhe to Conival/Ben More Assynt link route|
|Quinag, 808m (2651ft)|
|Route 28 Ascent of Quinag from the east|
|Route 29 Ascents of Quinag from the north|
|Route 30 Ascent of Quinag from Tumore|
|Route 31 Quinag to Glas Bheinn link route|
|Bein Leoid, 792m (2598ft), and Meallan A Chuail, 750m (2461ft)|
|Route 32 Ascent of Meallan a Chuail and Beinn Leoid from Kinloch, Loch More|
|Route 33 Ascent of Beinn Leoid from Kylestrome via Glen Dubh|
|Route 34 Ascent of Beinn Leoid and Meallan a Chuail from Loch na Gainmhich via Eas a Chuall Aluinn|
|Route 35 Beinn Leoid to Beinn Uidhe link route|
|The Far northwest and Reay Forest|
|Ben Stack, 721m (2365ft)|
|Route 36 Ascent of Ben Stack from near Lochstack Lodge|
|Ben Hee, 873m (2864ft)|
|Route 37 Ascent of Ben Hee from West Merkland|
|Meallan Liath Coire Mhic Dhughaill, 801m (2628ft)|
|Route 38 Ascent of Meallan Liath from Achfary via Lone|
|Route 39 Ascent Meallan Liath from Aultanrynie|
|Route 40 Meallan Liath to Sabhal Beag link route|
|Meall Horn (Meall a Chuirn) and The Sabhals|
|Route 41 Ascent of Meall Horn and The Sabhals from Achfary via Lone|
|Route 42 Direct ascent of Meall Horn from Lone|
|Route 43 Meall Horn/Creagan Meall Horn col to Arkle link route|
|Route 44 Meall Horn/Creagan Meall Horn col to Foinaven link route|
|Arkle (Arcuil), 787m (2582ft)|
|Route 45 Ascent of Arkle from Achfary|
|Routes 46 and 47 Link routes from Arkle to Foinaven and Meall Horn|
|Foinaven (Fionne Bheinn), 914m (2999ft)|
|Route 48 Ascent of Foinaven from the north-west|
|Cranstackie, 800m (2625ft), and Beinn Spionnaidh, 713m (2536ft)|
|Route 49 Beinn Spionnaidh and Cranstackie from Carbreck|
|Ben Hope, 927m (3040ft)|
|Route 50 Ascent of Ben Hope from Strath More|
|Ben Loyal, 764m (2506ft)|
|Route 51 Ascent of Ben Loyal from Ribigill|
|Beinn Stumanadh, 527m (1729ft), and its Outliers|
|Route 52 Ascent of Beinn Stumanadh from Loch Loyal|
|Ben Klibreck, 961m (3153ft)|
|Route 53 Ascent of Ben Klibreck from Vagastie|
|Route 54 Ascent of Ben Klibreck from Altnaharra|
|Route 55 The full traverse of Kilbreck ridge from Crask Inn|
|Morven, 706m (2316ft), and Scaraben, 626m (2053ft)|
|Route 56 Ascent of Morven from Braemore|
|Longer Mountain Traverses|
|Route 57 The Assynt Horseshoe|
|Route 58 A Reay traverse|
|Route 59 A long ascent of Cranstackie|
|Interesting Low-Level Walks|
|Route 60 Eas a Chual Aluinn|
|Route 61 The Culnacraig coastal path|
|Route 62 To Sandwood Bay and Cape Wrath|
|Appendix A Sources of information|
|Appendix B The peaks (by height)|
|Appendix C The peaks (alphabetically)|
|Appendix D List of walking routes|