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Explore the mountains of Torridon with a Cicerone guidebook

Cover of Walking in Torridon
Availability
Reprinted
Published
28 Jan 2015
ISBN
9781852844660
Edition
Second
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.6cm
Weight
280g
Pages
224
1st Published
14 Apr 2010
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Walking in Torridon

by Chris Lowe, Peter Barton, Jim Sutherland
Book published by Cicerone Press

This guidebook contains 52 day walks in Torridon, a remote and much-loved area of the Scottish Highlands. Based around Shieldaig and Slioch, the routes are split into 3 sections: easy walks, long and high level walks and mountain ascents over 2000ft including 9 Munros, and 5 outline suggestions for major ridge walks.

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Description

This guidebook, Walking in Torridon, consists of 52 day walks of differing grades and characters including ascents of 9 Munros. The guidebook is divided into 3 sections, and describes routes for easy walks, long and high level walks and mountain ascents over 2000ft. The walks vary in length between 2 and 14 miles long, with plenty of options to extend routes. The mountain ascents section is divided into north and south sections in order to help with the confusion of the mountain names.

The area covered in this guide includes the area south of Loch Maree and Gairloch, north of Loch Carron and west of Achnasheen. Key summits include Liathach, Beinn Eighe, Beinn Alligin and Sgorr Ruadh. To discover the best of Torridon, a remote and much-loved area of the Scottish Highlands, you need to be prepared to range over heather, grass, rock and marsh, without paths or waymarks. This guidebook will give you the confidence to do so, revealing all the best routes across the landscape with the help of OS maps and sketches.

The terrain differs in each walk, occasional black peat bogs, with miniature cliffs and sullen countenance, can look menacing, but they are easily circumnavigated and, in fact, are often quite hard to walk on. The climbs often involve descending again by the route of your ascent, which builds in a considerable safety factor if you are new to the area and also the comfort and pleasure of returning over familiar territory. This is never boring as the spectacular views are the opposite of what you have enjoyed going up.

  • contains OS mapping, inspiring photography and the author's sketches
  • practical advice on when to go, accommodation and access in Scotland, as well as information on Torridon's geology and gaelic place names.
  • Seasons
    It is possible to walk in the mountains of Torridon year-round; winter on the west coast is often fairly mild, although equipment is needed for snow and ice; high summer is full of midges
  • Centres
    Shieldaig, Slioch and Torridon
  • Difficulty
    walks of all grades; most avoid anything particularly difficult or technical
  • Must See
    Munros, sea lochs and wilderness!

Updates

2010

Page 220 the telephone number for Kinloch should read 01520 755206

Page 221 the correct name of the garage is 'Mackenzie & Maclennan'

Contents

CONTENTS
Introduction
Maps
Safety on the Hills
Access
When to Go
Deer Fences
Cairns
Car Parking
Bridges
Gaelic Names
Erosion
Feet and/or Metres
Geology and vegetation – Chris Lowe
EASY WALKS
Introduction
EW1 The Falls of Balgy and Loch Damh (Shieldaig)
EW2 The Shieldaig Peninsula (Shieldaig)
EW3 West Lodge, Loch Torridon and Loch Torridon Hotel (Shieldaig)
EW4 Coire Mhic Nobuil (Alligin)
EW5 Ardheslaig to Kenmore (Applecross Peninsula)
EW6 Coulin Estate: Loch Clair and Loch Coulin (Glen Torridon)
EW7 Torridon (Fasag) to Inveralligin (north shore Upper Loch Torridon)
EW8 Heights of Kinlochewe (Incheril)
EW9 Toscaig to Airigh-drishaig (southern Applecross)
EW10 The Coire an Laoigh of Beinn Eighe (Glen Torridon)
EW11 The Cold Hollow of Fuar Tholl (from Achnashellach)
LONG AND HIGH LEVEL WALKS
Introduction
W1 Walk to Coire Mhic Fhearchair
W2 Walk around Beinn Alligin
W3 An Staonach–An Fur Ridge
W4 The Great Corries of Beinn Bhan
W5 Walk round Beinn na h-Eaglaise
W6 Walk to Applecross or around Croic Bheinn
W7 Heights of Kinlochewe and Gleann Bianasdail
W8 An Sgurr (Kishorn)
W9 Seana Mheallan (Glen Torridon)
W10 Three Flowerdale Miniatures: Meall a’ Ghlas Leothaid, Meall na Meine and Meall Lochan a’ Chleirich
MOUNTAIN ASCENTS OVER 2000FT
Introduction
Liathach and Beinn Eighe
Introduction
Liathach
Beinn Eighe
Northern Group
Introduction
N1 Beinn Alligin
N2/N3 An Ruadh-Mheallan and Beinn Bhreac
N4 Slioch
N5 Beinn a’ Chearcaill
N6 Beinn an Eoin
N7 Baosbheinn
N8 Beinn Dearg
N9 Meall a’ Ghuibhais
Southern Group
Introduction
S1 Beinn Damh
S2 Beinn Liath Mhor
S3/S4 Sgorr nan Lochan Uaine and Beinn Liath Bheag
S5 Sgurr Dubh
S6 Beinn na h-Eaglaise
S7 Beinn Shieldaig
S8 Beinn Bhan and Carn Dearg
S9/S10 Sgurr a’ Gharaidh and Glas Bheinn
S11/S12 Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Tholl
S13/S14 Maol Chean Dearg and Meall nan Ceapairean
S15 Meall Dearg
S16 Beinn a’ Chlachain and Meall an Doireachain
S17 An Ruadh-stac
S18/S19 Sgurr a’ Chaorachain and Meall Gorm
S20/S21 Carn Breac and Beinn na Feusaige
 
Through Walks
Major Ridge Walks
Appendix 1 Deer Stalking
Appendix 2 Useful Information
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