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Highland Walk
The Munros of Beinn Eighe, Torridon

County/Area - Highland - Central Highland

Author - Stephen Boulton

Length - 10.8 miles / 17.6 km    Ascent - 3890 feet / 1179 metres

Time - 9 hours 20 minutes    Grade - hard

Start - OS grid reference NG958568
Lat 57.555034 // Long -5.41481
Postcode IV22 2ET (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - The Munros of Beinn Eighe, Torridon

This walk is about 15 km or 11 miles, mostly over rocky terrain when up high. It should be saved for a clear day as the ridge is spectacular and the views of Liathach, Glen Torridon and the surrounding mountains should not be missed. This route is extracted from the summary of routes contained in Walk 2116 which also contains the photos and summary map showing the main options.

The start is the car park near the bridge over the Allt a'Choire Dhuibh Mhor (grid ref. NG958568) in Glen Torridon. This burn runs between Liathach and Beinn Eighe before passing under the road. Follow the signposted path to the Coire Mhic Nobuil. This curves north and heads between the east end of Liathach on your left and the west end of Beinn Eighe on the right.

Shortly before the Lochan a'Choire Dhuibh head right (north) on a path which contours around the base of Sail Mhor on your right to reach the outflow of the Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair. Climb up the stone path to reach the loch, whereupon is revealed the great sight of the Triple Buttress of Beinn Eighe, across the loch under the summit of Coinneach Mhor. This is a great place to stop for a break, a remote and peaceful location.

Cross the loch outflow and head around the east side of the loch, following the path which brings you to below the Triple Buttress before it strikes off left and climbs past several other lochans to reach the foot of a scree slope up to the ridge. It may be easier to scramble up the rocks to the right of the scree slope rather than up the scree itself. It looks steep when first viewed from beside the loch outflow, but up closer it's an easy scramble.

Upon reaching the ridge admire the view ahead to Spidean Coire nan Clach, the second of Beinn Eighe's two Munros, before turning left to head up the short distance, about 1 km over easy ground, to reach Ruadh-stac Mor, the other Munro. From here fine views north are unveiled, across to Coigach in the north and Slioch round to the north east. Retrace your steps to the bealach where you emerged from the scree scramble. Then climb ahead of you (south) to reach a cairn just to the east of Coinneach Mhor.

To the west lie Coinneach Mhor and Sail Mhor, which is a Munro Top. However this route goes left walking eastwards along the main ridge of Beinn Eighe. Superb views of the back of Liathach emerge on your right, well worth stopping to have a look at. The rocky ridge undulates but it is fairly easy going to rise to Spidean Coire nan Clach. The trig point is not at the highest point of this Munro.

The rocky ridge undulates but it is fairly easy going to rise to Spidean Coire nan Clach. The trig point is not at the highest point of this Munro. Descend south east from here into Coire an Laoigh, and join the path that will bring you out on road. Turn right along the road and the start is about 3 km along the road.



Other walks nearby

Walk 2116 Beinn Eighe Route Guide - hard - 13.0 miles/21.1 km

Walk 2117 Beinn Eighe - West to East traverse, Torridon - hard - 12.3 miles/20 km

Walk 2118 Beinn Eighe traverse including Black Carls, Torridon - hard - 12.5 miles/20.3 km

Walk 2119 Beinn Eighe - The Munros & Sail Mhor, Torridon - hard - 13.0 miles/21.1 km

Walk 3268 Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair (Beinn Eighe) - moderate - 8.3 miles/13.5 km

Walk 2593 Liathach, Glen Torridon - very hard - 8.5 miles/13.8 km

Walk 1305 Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe from Kinlochewe - hard - 7.5 miles/12.2 km

Walk 1347 Meall a' Ghiubhais from Kinlochewe - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km

Walk 1344 Beinn Alligin & Sgurr Mor, Torridon - mod/hard - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

Walk 2468 The Falls of Glomach from Morvich - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km

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