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Reach the summit of 109 northern Corbetts with a Cicerone guidebook

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20 Aug 2013
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9781852846534
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Walking the Corbetts Vol 2 North of the Great Glen

by Brian Johnson
Book published by Cicerone Press

The guidebook describes walking routes up all 109 Corbetts north of the Great Glen (Scotland's 2500-2999ft mountains). From Ardgour to Cape Wrath including Knoydart, Applecross and Torridon, as well as Mull, Rum, Harris and Skye. For walkers who want interesting routes up these spectacular and lesser-known hills. Part of a 2-volume set.

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Description

The Corbetts – Scotland’s mountains between 2500 and 2999ft in height – are less visited but in most cases more accessible than the ever-popular Munros, and frequently offer better views when the 3000ers are shrouded in cloud. Their lower altitude also means the walks tend to be shorter meaning they can be tackled easily between breakfast and dinner and during the short daylight hours in winter.

However, many of the Corbetts are very remote from road access and will still give a demanding hike. What is more, between many of the peaks listed as Munros, there is little drop, so you can often climb several in one day. By contrast, the requirement for a 500ft drop on all sides between listed Corbetts means that there are few occasions where Corbetts can be linked together. Subsidiary summits of Munros and Corbetts between 2500 and 2999ft high with a drop of at least 30m on all sides are known as Corbett Tops.

Also mentioned in the route descriptions are Grahams, which are mountains between 2000 and 2499ft, and Donalds, which are hills over 2000ft in Southern Scotland. The routes described here are not necessarily for the peak bagger who just wants the shortest and easiest way up the mountain; they’re for the walker who wants the best, most interesting route up the wildest glen or along the most dramatic ridges.

When climbing the scottish Corbetts you will frequently find the only paths are sheep or deer tracks. There are usually good tracks in the glens, maintained by the owners of the shooting estates, but higher up it is only on the most popular Corbetts that you will find well-maintained paths. Deep heather or boggy grass can make for hard walking on the approach to the mountain and steep rocky slopes protect many of the ridges. Unless there are lots of crags, the going is usually relatively easy on the ridges although on some peaks you will have to cope with peat hags or boulderfields.

This second volume of a 2-part guidebook to all the Scottish Corbetts describes the best ascents of the 109 Corbetts north of the Great Glen, in 90 routes. Volume 1 descibes routes on the 112 Corbetts south of the Great Glen.

  • includes the Northern Highlands, Torridon, Knoydart, Ardgour, Fisherfield, Applecross and also the islands of Mull, Rum, Skye and Harris
  • divided into 10 sections, each walkable in a fortnight
  • illustrated with 1:100,000 custom mapping based on OS data
     
  • Activities
    Mountain walking
  • Seasons
    The Corbetts can be climbed at any time of year, but the guide assumes the mountains are climbed when they are free of snow.
  • Centres
    Mull, Rum, Skye, Harris, Northern Highlands, Ullapool, Inverness, Fort William
  • Difficulty
    Most of the Corbetts north of the Great Glen are rough, rocky mountains, but few of the routes in the guide involve scrambling. Navigation can be demanding in mist and poor weather.
  • Must See
    109 Corbetts in 91 routes, including An Stac, Carn Mor, Meall Dubh, Beinn a' Chaisteil and Ben Loyal

November 2015

The picture on page10 is Beinn Alligin, not says Liathach.

Contents

Contents
Introduction
What are the Corbetts?
Geology
Walking the Corbetts
When to go
The terrain
Weather
Access
Mountain bothies
Navigation
Safety
Areas in this guide
Using this guide
1 Mull, Morvern, Sunart and Ardgour
Route 1 Dun da Ghaoithe
Route 2 Fuar Bheinn and Creach Bheinn
Route 3 Beinn Resipol
Route 4 Carn na Nathrach
Route 5 Sgurr Dhomhnuill
Route 6 Garbh Bheinn
Route 7 Beinn na h-Uamha
Route 8 Stob Coire a' Chearcaill
2 Glenfinnan and Rum
Route 9 Sgurr na Ba Glaise, Rois-Bheinn and An Stac
Route 10 Beinn Odhar Bheag and Beinn Mhic Cedidh
Route 11 Sgurr an Utha
Route 12 Stob a' Bhealach an Sgriodain
Route 13 Sgurr Ghiubhsachain and Sgorr Craobh a' Chaorainn
Route 14 Streap
Route 15 Braigh nan Uamhachan
Route 16 Ainshval and Askival
3 Loch Arkaig, Glen Dessarry and South Knoydart
Route 17 Meall a' Phubuill
Route 18 Beinn Bhan
Route 19 Meall na h-Eilde and Geal Charn
Route 20 Sgurr Mhurlagain
Route 21 Fraoch Bheinn
Route 22 Sgurr an Fhuarain and Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoigh
Route 23 Carn Mor
Route 24 Bidein a' Chabair
Route 25 Access to Sourlies Bothy for Routes 26 and 27
Route 26 Beinn Bhuidhe
Route 27 Ben Aden
4 North Knoydart and Kinloch Hourn
Route 28 Buidhe Bheinn
Route 29 NW top, Sgurr nan Eugallt
Route 30 Access to Barisdale Bothy for Routes 31–34
Route 31 Sgurr a' Choire-bheithe
Route 32 Access to Inverie from Barisdale for Routes 33 and 34
Route 33 Sgurr Coire Choinnichean
Route 34 Beinn na Caillich
5 Glen Garry, Glen Shiel, Glen Elchaig and Loch Hourn
Route 35 Ben Tee
Route 36 Meall Dubh
Route 37 Beinn Loine
Route 38 Am Bathach
Route 39 Beinn na h-Eaglaise and Beinn nan Caorach
Route 40 Sgurr Mhic Bharraich
Route 41 Sgurr an Airgid
Route 42 Sguman Coinntich and Faochaig
Route 43 Aonach Buidhe
Route 44 Sgurr Gaorsaic
6 Glen Affric, Glen Cannich, Glen Strathfarrar and Strathconon
Route 45 Aonach Shasuinn and Carn a' Choire Ghairbh
Route 46 Sgorr na Diollaid
Route 47 An Sidhean
Route 48 Beinn a' Bha'ach Ard
Route 49 Bac an Eich
Route 50 Meallan nan Uan and Sgurr a' Mhuilinn
7 Glen Carron, Glen Torridon and Loch Maree
Route 51 Beinn Dronaig
Route 52 Sgurr nan Ceannaichean
Route 53 Beinn Tharsuinn and Sgurr na Feartaig
Route 54 Fuar Tholl
Route 55 An Ruadh-stac
Route 56 Sgurr a' Chaorachain and Beinn Bhan
Route 57 Beinn Damh
Route 58 Beinn Dearg
Route 59 Sgorr nan Lochain Uaine and Sgurr Dubh
Route 60 Ruadh-stac Beag
Route 61 Meall a' Ghiuthais
Route 62 Beinn an Eoin
Route 63 Baosbheinn
Route 64 Beinn Airigh Charr
Route 65 Beinn Lair
8 Strath Garve, Fisherfield and Inverpolly
Route 66 Little Wyvis
Route 67 Beinn a' Chaisteil
Route 68 Beinn Liath Mhor a’ Ghiubhais Li
Route 69 Beinn Enaiglair
Route 70 Creag Rainich
Route 71 Beinn a' Chlaidheimh
Route 72 Beinn Dearg Bheag and Beinn Dearg Mor
Route 73 Beinn a' Chaisgein Mor
Route 74 Sail Mhor
Route 75 Cul Beag
Route 76 Cul Mor
9 Strathcarron and NW Scotland
Route 77 Carn Chuinneag
Route 78 Carn Ban
Route 79 Breabag
Route 80 Glas Bheinn
Route 81 Canisp
Route 82 Spidean Coinich, Sail Ghorm and Sail Garbh on Quinag
Route 83 Beinn Leoid
Route 84 Ben Hee
Route 85 Meallan Liath Coire Mhic Dhughaill or Carn Dearg
Route 86 Meall Horn
Route 87 Arkle
Route 88 Ganu Mor, Foinaven
Route 89 Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh
Route 90 An Caisteal, Ben Loyal
10 Skye and Harris
Route 91 Garbh-bheinn
Route 92 Sgurr Mhairi, Glamaig
Route 93 An Cliseam
 
Appendix A Alphabetical list of the Corbetts
Appendix B Useful information
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