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.
SeasonsMunros 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.
CentresBraemar, Aviemore, Inverness, Fort William, Skye, Ullapool, Torridon. Through treks and wild camping also possible.
DifficultyMunros range from straightforward to virtually climbing, with appropriate skills required. Real mountaineering in winter conditions.
Must SeeStac Polly at dawn, sunset over the western Isles, your big grin after doing the In Pin.
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.
Using This Guide
Mountain Names and Pronunciations
Distance and Ascent
Parking and Starting the Walk
Accommodation and Campsites
When to Go
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
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
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)
Route 19 Meall na Teanga, Sron a' Choire Ghairbh
Route 20 Sgurr nan Coireachan, Garbh Chioch Mhor, Sgurr na Ciche
Route 21 Sgurr Mor
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
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
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
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
Route 65 Sgurr Fiona, Bidein a' Ghlas Thuill
Route 66 Eididh nan Clach Geala, Meall nan Ceapraichean, Cona' Mheall, Beinn Dearg
Route 67 Seana Bhraigh
Route 68 Conival, Ben More Assynt
Route 69 Ben Klibreck - Meal Nan Con
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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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!
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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.View Articles and Books by Steve Kew