Walking the Munros Vol 2 - Northern Highlands and the Cairngorms

By Steve Kew

Guidebook to walking the northern Munros, covering the northern Highlands, the Cairngorms and the Isle of Skye. 70 routes are described, including those up Ben Macdui, Braeriach and Cairn Gorm. Routes range from 7 to 46km, requiring a fair level of fitness. The second of two guidebooks to walking Scotland's Munros: peaks higher than 3000ft.



Munros can be walked year round; but if the midges bite you then avoid summer, and if you are not comfortable on snow then avoid winter.


Braemar, Aviemore, Inverness, Fort William, Skye, Ullapool, Torridon. Through treks and wild camping also possible.


Munros range from straightforward to virtually climbing, with appropriate skills required. Real mountaineering in winter conditions.
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Stac Polly at dawn, sunset over the western Isles, your big grin after doing the In Pin.
15 Dec 2016
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.8cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook presents 70 challenging and inspiring routes to climb 143 Munro mountains. Part of a two-part set, this second volume covers the northern Highlands (north of the Great Glen), the Cairngorms and Isle of Skye. Covering popular and lesser-known routes, it is ideal both for Munro-baggers and those who simply love great mountain walking, and is a convenient size for slipping in a rucksack.

    The half-day and full-day walks and scrambles range from 7km to 46km (with the option to reduce walking distance on some of the longer routes by cycling the approach). Detailed route description and 1:100,000 mapping is accompanied by information on difficulty, mapping, parking, access and nearby accommodation. The guide also includes handy lists of Munros, by height and alphabetically – perfect for peak-baggers – as well as useful details on Gaelic names.

    Including the mighty Cuillin, Five Sisters of Kintail and dramatic An Teallach as well as the Cairngorms, Torridon, Knoydart, Assynt and Glen Shiel, Walking the Munros volume 2 is an ideal companion to conquering the Munros and discovering the magnificent mountain landscapes of northern Scotland.

    Volume 1 details the other 139 Munros, covering the southern, central and western Highlands and Mull.

  • Contents

    The Munros
    Using This Guide
    Mountain Names and Pronunciations
    Grid References
    Distance and Ascent
    Parking and Starting the Walk
    Accommodation and Campsites
    Leaving Word
    When to Go
    Cairngorms Braemar
    Route 1 Beinn a' Bhuird, Ben Avon (Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe)
    Route 2 Beinn Bhreac, Beinn a' Chaorainn
    Route 3 Beinn Mheadhoin
    Route 4 Derry Cairngorm, Ben Macdui, Carn a' Mhaim
    Route 5 The Devil's Point, Cairn Toul, The Angel's Peak (Sgor an Lochain Uaine)
    Route 6 Beinn Bhrotain, Monadh Mor
    Cairngorms: Glen Ey
    Route 7 Carn an Fhidhleir, An Sgarsoch
    Route 8 Carn Bhac, Beinn Iutharn Mhor
    Cairngorms: Coylumbridge
    Route 9 Bynack More, Cairn Gorm
    Route 10 Braeriach
    Cairngorms: Glen Feshie
    Route 11 Mullach Clach a' Bhlair
    Route 12 Sgor Gaoith
    Route 13 A' Chailleach, Carn Sgulain, Carn Dearg
    Route 14 Geal Charn
    Loch Laggan
    Route 15 Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair, Carn Liath
    Route 16 Beinn a' Chaorainn, Beinn Teallach
    Route 17 Sgurr nan Coireachan, Sgurr Thuilm
    Route 18 Gulvain (Gaor Bheinn)
    Loch Lochy
    Route 19 Meall na Teanga, Sron a' Choire Ghairbh
    Glen Dessarry
    Route 20 Sgurr nan Coireachan, Garbh Chioch Mhor, Sgurr na Ciche
    Route 21 Sgurr Mor
    Glen Quoich
    Route 22 Gairich
    Route 23 Gleouraich, Spidean Mialach
    Route 24 Sgurr a' Mhaoraich
    Route 25 Luinne Bheinn, Meall Buidhe
    Route 26 Ladhar Bheinn
    Route 27 Beinn Sgritheall
    Glen Shiel
    Route 28 The Saddle, Sgurr na Sgine
    The South Shiel Ridge
    Route 29 Creag a' Mhaim, Druim Shionnach, Aonach air Chrith, Maol Chinn-dearg, Sgurr an Doire Leathain, Sgurr an Lochain, Creag nan Damh
    The Five Sisters of Kintail
    Route 30 Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe, Sgurr na Carnach, Sgurr Fhuaran
    Route 31 Ciste Dhubh, Aonach Meadhoin, Sgurr a' Bhealaich Dheirg, Saileag
    Route 32 A' Chralaig, Mullach Fraoch-choire
    Route 33 Carn Ghluasaid, Sgurr nan Conbhairean, Sail Chaorainn
    Route 34 Beinn Fhada, A' Ghlas bheinn
    Glen Affric
    Route 35 Mullach na Dheiragain, Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, An Socach
    Route 36 Mam Sodhail, Carn Eige, Beinn Fhionnlaidh
    Route 37 Tom a' Choinich, Toll Creagach
    Route 38 An Socach (Glen Elchaig)
    Route 39 An Riabhachan, Sgurr na Lapaich, Carn nan Gobhar
    Route 40 Sgurr na Ruaidhe, Carn nan Gobhar, Sgurr a' Choire Ghlais, Sgurr Fhuar-thuill
    Route 41 Bidein a' Choire Sheasgaich, Lurg Mhor
    Route 42 Sgurr Choinnich, Sgurr a' Chaorachain
    Route 43 Maoile Lunndaidh
    Route 44 Moruisg
    Route 45 Maol Chean-dearg
    Route 46 Beinn Liath Mhor, Sgorr Ruadh
    Isle of Skye
    Route 47 Sgurr nan Gillean
    Route 48 Am Basteir, Bruach na Frithe
    Route 49 Sgurr a' Mhadaidh, Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh
    Route 50 Sgurr na Banachdich
    Route 51 Sgurr Dearg (The Inaccessible Pinnacle), Sgurr Mhic Choinnich
    Route 52 Sgurr Alasdair
    Route 53 Sgurr Dubh Mor, Sgurr nan Eag
    Route 54 Bla Bheinn
    Route 55 Beinn Alligin - Tom na Gruagaich, Sgurr Mhor
    Route 56 Liathach - Spidean a' Choire Leith, Mullach an Rathain
    Route 57 Beinn Eighe - Ruadh Stac Mor, Spidean Coire nan Clach
    Route 58 Slioch
    The Fannaichs
    Route 59 A' Chailleach, Sgurr Breac, Sgurr nan Each, Sgurr nan Clach Geala, Meall a' Chrasgaidh
    Route 60 Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich, Sgurr Mor, Meall Gorm, An Coileachan
    Route 61 Fionn Bheinn
    Route 62 Am Faochagach
    Route 63 Ben Wyvis - Glas Leathad Mor
    Route 64 Ruadh Stac Mor, A' Mhaighdean, Beinn Tarsuinn, Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Sgurr Ban
    An Teallach
    Route 65 Sgurr Fiona, Bidein a' Ghlas Thuill
    Conival (Freevater)
    Route 66 Eididh nan Clach Geala, Meall nan Ceapraichean, Cona' Mheall, Beinn Dearg
    Route 67 Seana Bhraigh
    Route 68 Conival, Ben More Assynt
    Strath Vagastie
    Route 69 Ben Klibreck - Meal Nan Con
    Strath More
    Route 70 Ben Hope

    Appendix A Bibliography
    Appendix B Contact Details
    Appendix C Index of Munros (alphabetical)
    Appendix D Index of Munros (by height)

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    April 2019

    Page 257 route 61:

    "From the phone box in the centre of the village go 100m east..." East is wrong, you go west.

  • Reviews
    Steve knows his stuff and takes you on little known routes which will allow you to see the best of these regions

    New Year sparks new challenges. And in our household we are looking at more chances to explore. Climbing and walking are among our favourite hobbies and having read author Steve Kew’s guides to the munros, we will soon be heading to Scotland to see for ourselves.

    Both guides are inspiring, full of fascinating facts and provide carefully researched routes to allow you to see the best of what is on offer. Volume 1 concentrates on some of the most exciting landscape in the southern, central and western Highlands, including ascents of the iconic Ben Nevis and the Buachaille Etive Mor and a scramble along the breathtaking Aonach Eagach ridge.

    The second volume looks at the Northern Highlands and Cairngorms, with some of the country’s most evocative mountain scenery.

    Steve knows his stuff and takes you on little known routes which will allow you to see the best of these regions – so get your boots on and start exploring!

    Rebecca Hay

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Steve Kew

Steve Kew is a freelance journalist and keen mountaineer. He started climbing in 1970, and since then has walked and climbed extensively in the Himalayas, Alps and the mountain ranges of Britain. He currently lives in southwest Scotland, and is an active member of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team and the Mountain Rescue Committee. His previous writing includes three books, many articles for newspapers and magazines, and radio drama for the BBC.

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