Walking the Corbetts Vol 2 North of the Great Glen

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20 Aug 2013
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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.

Seasons 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 Centres
Mull, Rum, Skye, Harris, Northern Highlands, Ullapool, Inverness, Fort William
Difficulty 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 Must See
109 Corbetts in 91 routes, including An Stac, Carn Mor, Meall Dubh, Beinn a' Chaisteil and Ben Loyal
20 Aug 2013
17.2 x 11.6 x 2.2cm
  • Overview

    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
  • Contents

    What are the Corbetts?
    Walking the Corbetts
    When to go
    The terrain
    Mountain bothies
    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

  • Maps

    The 1:100,000 maps in this guide should be sufficient to give you a feel for the route, but they are not intended for detailed navigation, particularly in bad weather. You should always carry the relevant OS Landranger (1:50,000) maps suggested for the route, either as a paper copy or loaded onto a GPS device. The Harvey maps at 1:40,000 are excellent alternatives to the OS maps, but they don't cover all of Scotland.

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    November 2015

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

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Brian Johnson

Since taking early retirement from his career as a physics and sports teacher, Brian Johnson has found time for three thru-hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2700-mile round-Britain walk, three hikes across the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean as well as a single summer compleation of the Munros and has climbed all the Corbetts in Scotland. He has also completed a 2200-mile cycle tour of Spain and France and done multi-week canoe tours in Sweden, France, Spain and Portugal. A keen climber and hiker, he has led school groups in Britain, the Alps, the Pyrenees and California and has completed ten traverses from Atlantic to Mediterranean on the Pyrenean High-Level Route, GR11 or GR10. As a fanatical sportsman and games player, he has competed to a high standard at cricket, hockey, bridge and chess. His crowning achievement was winning the 1995/96 World Amateur Chess Championships.

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