Around Loch Quoich

Loch Quoich is a lonely loch on route to Knoydart. Dammed in the 1950's, only the road on the north side of the loch gives good access to the surrounding rugged peaks.

This peaceful area, which claims to have the highest rainfall in the country, can feel remote and sometimes quite bleak, however on fine days the views from the summits are wonderful.

Main route summary

The four Munros surrounding the loch (Gleouraich, Spidean Mialach, Sgurr a'Mhaoraich and Gairich) are readily accessed from the roadside above the shores of Loch Quoich. With a total ascent of less than 3000 metres, all of these peaks could be climbed in one day.

The hills are of similar character - grassy slopes rising to high crests with precipitous craggy drops. Most of the access is on fairly good, if sometimes wet, stalker's paths, built well before the construction of the dams.

Also in this area is Buidhe Bheinn, a fine little hill which was recenty promoted to Corbett status after remeasurement found it to be slightly higher than nearby Sgur a'Bhac Chaolais. The hill is worthy of an ascent for its views into Knoydart alone. It can be accessed via a detour from the South Glen Shiel Ridge or from a short jaunt west of Loch Quoich (see 'Alternative routes' below).

Munros Gleouraich (1035m, Munro 97)
Spidean Mialach (996m, Munro 146)
Sgurr a'Mhaoraich (1027m, Munro 104)
Gairich (919m, Munro 272)
Corbetts Buidhe Bheinn* (885m)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 2950m (9,650ft)
Distance       34km (21m)
Time walk : 13:25hr*, run : 5:30hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Various points on Loch Quoich
(grid refs : NH067024, NH029030, NG993035)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Gairich : 'roaring'
Gleoraich : 'roaring noise'
Spidean Mialich : 'peak of the deer'
Sgurr a'Mhaoraich : 'peak of the shellfish' (or Sgurr a'Mhoraire : 'peak of the landowner')
Buidhe Bheinn : 'yellow hill'

Route detail & map »

Photos of route »

Alternative routes »

Other hill routes nearby »

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