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Five Sisters Ridge, North Glen Shiel

County/Area - Highland

Author - Paul Gasson

Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km

Ascent - 4600 feet / 1394 metres

Grade - very hard

Start - OS grid reference NH007136
Lat 57.169817 // Long -5.298089
Postcode IV40 8HU (approx. location only)
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Route Outline

This is undoubtedly one of the classic Scottish hill walks, and no hillwalker who has seen an illustration of it, or viewed it, perhaps from the Mam Rattigan pass out of Shiel Bridge, can have failed to put it on their 'wish list'. It is probably best tackled from it's Eastern end, having taken the precaution of leaving a second car on the road from Shiel Bridge to Morvich (Grid ref. NG947203). Assuming this has been done, return to the A87 and continue down Glen Shiel to a gap between two blocks of forestry on the left of the road (Grid ref. NH007136). Here a pedestrian gate in the deer fence gives access to a clear and well constructed path that makes it way up the 40 degree grassy slope, the longest continuous slope at this angle in Scotland. You have been warned!

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It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

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