Scotland's Far West
Walks on Mull and Ardnamurchan
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Guidebook to 34 mountain walks in Scotland's far-west Ardnamurchan peninsula and the island of Mull. Covers Mull, Morvern, Ardnamurchan and Ardgour. Routes include ascents of summits of Ben More, Sgurr Dhomhnuill, Beinn Resipol, Ben Hiant and Ben Laga.
- Year round but arguably at its best in Spring and Autumn.
- Access through Oban or Fort William. Bases include Tobermory, Craignure and Bunessan on Mull; Strontian in Ardgour; Salen and Lochaline.
- Varied. Lengths from half to full days, with coastal and hill walks to the summits. It is remote so the ground can be fairly rough.
- Must See
- Iona, trips to the islands off Mull (Staffa and Fingal's Cave). Ardnamurchan Point is the farthest point west in mainland Britain.
The guide describes 34 mountain walks in Scotland's far-west peninsula – including Morvern, Ardnamurchan and Ardgour – and on the island of Mull.
Mull, Scotland's third largest isle, and for bard Dugold MacPhail 'Of Isles the Fairest', has something for everyone. Those with interests in archaeology, geology and history will be captivated; naturalists will be fascinated by its flora and fauna; but its universal magic is tranquillity, while affording you all the joys of walking in the great outdoors.
Across the narrow Sound of Mull, lies Morvern with Ardgour and Ardnamurchan. Here the enchantment continues to develop. At its farthest reaches, approached by a narrow road meandering through the finest scenery, is the most westerly part of the British mainland, Ardnamurchan Point.The allure of Mull, Morvern, Ardnamurchan and Ardgour is outstanding,and once you have seen them, you will want to visit Scotland's far westtime after time.
Maps and Navigation
The Isle of Mull
Walks in north Mull based on Tobermory
Walk 1 Ardmore Point
Walk 2 Glengorm Castle to Dervaig
Walk 3 Croig to Caliach Point
Walk 4 B8073 (near Calgary) to Kilninian
Walk 5 Treshnish Headland
Walk 6 Torr to Aros
Walk 7 Mull Coast to Coast
Walks in central Mull based on Craignure
Walk 8 Ulva
Walk 9 Mackinnon's Cave
Walk 10 Ben More
Walk 11 Loch Ba to Glen More
Walk 12 Dun da Ghaoithe Ridge
Walk 13 Lochbuie to Carsaig
Walks in south Mull based on Bunessan
Walk 14 Carsaig Arches
Walk 15 MacCulloch's Fossil Tree
Walk 16A Baile Mòr (1)
Walk 16B Baile Mòr (2)
Morvern, Ardgour, Sunart and Ardnamurchan
Walks based on Lochaline
Walk 1 Ardtornish Point
Walk 2 Achranich to Loch Teàrnait
Walk 3 Drimnin to Loch Teacuis
Walk 4 Loch Teacuis to Laudale
Walks based on Strontian
Walk 5 Glen Gour
Walk 6 Coire an lubhair
Walk 7 Meall a' Chuilinn
Walk 8 Sgurr Dhomhnuill
Walk 9 Druim Garbh Ridge
Walk 10 Beinn Resipol from Ben View Hotel
Walk 11 Doilet from Ben View Hotel
Walk 12 Beinn Resipol from Resipole
Walks based on Salen
Walk 13 Acharacle to Glenborrodale
Walk 14 Ben Laga
Walk 15 Blain Circular
Walk 16 Kentra Bay to Ockle – the 'singing Sands'
Walk 17 Fascadale to the Lighthouse
Walk 18 Ben Hiant
Appendix 1 Place Names
Appendix 2 Useful Addresses
Appendix 3 Public Rights of Way
Maps and Navigation
In our early walking careers, the use of poles (or sticks) as walking aids in this country was unknown, except for the elderly or disabled. Now their use is common, even within the younger walking fraternity. They are indispensable for many reasons: providing a third point of support to increase stability; testing boggy or snow-covered ground for softness/hardness and depth; fending off uncooperative dogs and inquisitive cattle or horses; taking the stress off knees, especially when descending; for steadiness when wading across rivers, particularly those with rocky beds, fast-flowing water, or both.
The cost of these advantages is the encumbrance factor. Poles can be a nuisance when scrambling up or down, when both hands are needed, and when operating a camera, especially when taking that quick 'snap'. Despite these restrictions, the use of at least one pole is beneficial. We remain to be convinced of the value of two poles though, as evident out in the hills, some would disagree.
In this guide, the maps are reproductions from the OS 1:50,000 series with north at the top and, together with the map notes, should be adequate for you to complete any of the walks. That said, we do urge you to carry the OS maps appropriate to the area. Our maps, of necessity, only cover a narrow band; the OS maps – especially the 1:25,000 series – will give you the full picture and, of course, allow you to deviate safely from the published route should you so wish. Also, you will be able to identify points of interest not available on the guide maps.
The spelling of place names in the text is that shown on OS, but inevitably local variations will occur. For the more hilly walks, we have included height profile diagrams showing the approximate altitude along the route. These may help you to plan your walk more effectively.
During the stalking season (usually September/October, but also at other times) some routes may be closed (see
Be extra careful when walking on or near the seashore. Tide tables are available from TICs and most hotels, inns and guest houses have copies on display. As a lot of walks in this guide start, and sometimes finish, at sea level; you may climb further than if you were conquering a Munro. Ben More, on Mull, is a classic example of this (and is the only Munro in the Scottish Islands).
One final – and useful – point in this section. All road bridges crossing streams or rivers in Ardnamurchan carry signs with the name of the river on one side and the national grid reference number of their location on the reverse.
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Walk 12, Beinn Resipole from Resipole.
The route notes read... "A - Some 150m E of the campsite on the A861, a gate gives access to the hills. Pass through the gate and follow the well-defined path/track."
It appears the camp site has now been extended and the gate is now the main entrance to the camp site. Just inside and to the right of the gate there is a brand new reception building. Turn right immediately past this building - the new path is ahead, obvious and signposted.
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Denis Brook and Phil Hinchliffe, both retired electrical engineers, were born and educated in Huddersfield. They have walked extensively in the north of England and the Highlands of Scotland. They have trekked in Nepal, Peru and India and made ascents of Mts Kenya, Kilimanjaro and Stok Kangri. They are the authors of three other Cicerone guides.View Guidebooks by Denis Brook
Educated and trained as an Electrical Engineer, eventually gaining Fellowship of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and becoming a Senior Engineer in BBC Television.View Guidebooks by Phil Hinchliffe
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