logo Walking Britain
Home About Holidays FAQ Email MENU ☰

Meall a' Ghiubhais from Kinlochewe

Highland Walk

County/Area - Highland - Central Highland

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km    Ascent - 2850 feet / 864 metres

Time - 6 hours 50 minutes    Grade - moderate

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer 433Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer 433Digital Map1:25kBUY
Ordnance Survey Landranger 19Sheet Map1:50kBUY
Anquet OS Landranger 19Digital Map1:50kBUY

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Meall a' Ghiubhais from Kinlochewe
Click image to visit gallery of 9 images.

The small community of Kinlochewe is surrounded by fine hill country. This route explores one of the nearby Corbetts, namely Meall a' Ghiubhais, which rises to 886 metres. This hill together with the Munro Beinn Eighe are to be found within the boundaries of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve where efforts are being made to restore the hills to their native trees and plants.

The start is the small car park at the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve visitor centre (Grid ref. NH020630) on the western side of the A832 approximately 1 km north of Kinlochewe. From here walk towards Kinlochewe along the main road and turn left onto a track after three hundred metres. This continues in southwesterly direction and soon becomes a well-maintained path that climbs steadily across the open hillside.

Ignore paths going right. These are part of a circular route that begins from the visitor centre. The path becomes rougher with less evidence of regular maintenance with improving views in all directions. Ignore a further path on your left to a gate in the deer fence and continue uphill crossing a few small streams. Go through the deer fence into open country and climb further to reach an area with a number of small lochans (Grid ref. NG 985625). This is also the watershed.

On your right you will see the steep slopes (with some scree) of Meall a' Ghiubhais rising to twin summits. There is no clear path and the best approach seems to be using grass as much as possible well to the right of the obvious gully containing a stream. Ascent is easier if you zig-zag and you will be surprised how quickly you reach the summit plateau. Mark the spot ready for your descent and then head southwest to the highest point of the hill.

The return is made by retracing your outward route, perhaps taking the second path on the left to utilise part of the visitor centre loop. This takes you past some interesting sculptures using wood and rock. In addition there are boards providing background information on local fauna and flora. If time permits, a visit to the visitor centre is recommended and you will be able to understand the challenges facing this ground breaking reconstruction of an ancient landscape.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1305 Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe from Kinlochewehard7.5 miles
Walk 2116 Beinn Eighe Route Guidehard13.0 miles
Walk 2117 Beinn Eighe - West to East traverse, Torridonhard12.3 miles
Walk 2118 Beinn Eighe traverse including Black Carls, Torridonhard12.5 miles
Walk 2119 Beinn Eighe - The Munros & Sail Mhor, Torridonhard13.0 miles
Walk 2120 The Munros of Beinn Eighe, Torridonhard10.8 miles
Walk 3268 Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair (Beinn Eighe)moderate8.3 miles
Walk 2593 Liathach, Glen Torridonvery hard8.5 miles
Walk 2693 Achnashellach & Easan Dorchamoderate8.8 miles
Walk 1344 Beinn Alligin & Sgurr Mormod/hard6.0 miles

Recommended Books & eBooks

Great Mountain Days in Scotland

Great Mountain Days in ScotlandInspirational guidebook to 50 challenging routes for mountaineers, scramblers, hillwalkers and fell runners, many long enough to backpack over 2 days, especially in winter (12 to 25 miles). A mix of classic routes and unsung gems across Scotland from Galloway to the Outer Hebrides in widely differing wild landscapes. With customised OS mapping.
More information

Walking in Torridon

Walking in TorridonThis guidebook contains 52 day walks in Torridon, a remote and much-loved area of the Scottish Highlands. Based around Shieldaig and Slioch, the routes are split into 3 sections: easy walks, long and high level walks and mountain ascents over 2000ft including 9 Munros, and 5 outline suggestions for major ridge walks.
More information

Messaging & Social Media

Message Walking Britain and follow the latest news.

Facebook  Twitter

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.