Hiking routes on Scotland's Northern Highlands

The finest hill-walking and scrambling routes on the mountains in Scotland's Northern Highlands.

Hill walking routes in the Northern Highlands


Hill walking routes in the Northern Highlands of Scotland are listed below starting from north and working southwards.

Nearer the bottom of the page is a table to help you find routes by distance, ascent, difficulty of terrain, quality of scenery and even by Munro and Corbett count.


1 - Ben Hope



The most northerly munro. Choice of an easy quick afternnon walk from the south-west, or a longer walk from the north which includes a section of tricky scrambling

2 - Beinn Spionnaidh and Cranstackie



The most northerly high ground in the UK. This pair make for a pleasant and fairly easy afternoon hillwalk.

3 - Foinaven, Arkle and Meall Horn



Enjoy superb ridge-walking on these impressive mountains with their dramatic corries. Stunning vast views can be savoured on clear days on one of the best hill routes in Scotland.

4 - Ben Stack



A very distinctive little hill, Schiehallion-esque in shape if not size (coming soon)

5 - Merkland Corbetts



Between drab moorland and the dramatic north-west coast is a quiet transition area with several peaks

6 - Ben Klibreck



Ben Klibreck covers a vast area above forestry and moorland to the north of Lairg

7 - Quinag



A stunning mountain from any angle. Three of the summits are distinctive enough to be classed as Corbett peaks

8 - Assynt



Bouldery peaks with fine views over Coigach. A visit to the Bone Caves is recommended

9 - Suilven and Canisp



Long walks in from any direction to reach these iconic peaks
(coming soon)

10 - Cul Mor, Cul Beag and Stac Pollaidh



These rough hills sit in some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland. Stalker's paths access the hills and a beautiful 'lost valley' with a lochan and beach can be found.

11 - Inverlael



Varied peaks in the vast area east of Ullapool. You'll need good navigation skills in poor visibility

12 - Carn Chuinneag



A pleasant walk in along a fine track leads to grassy slopes and a fine view point (coming soon)

13 - Wyvis



Recently improved paths tackle the errosion on Inverness's 'Ben'

14 - The Fannaichs



A long chain of 9 Munros. Once up on the ridge, the going is easy over grass and paths

15 - An Teallach and the Fisherfield 'Big 6'



Dramatic An Teallach with its spires and crags guards a beautiful remote area containing some wonderful peaks. Also includes the Corbetts of Beinn Dearg Mor and Creag Rainich.

16 - Slioch



Majestic and appearing quite impenetrable, Slioch is actually easily accessed from Loch Maree

17 - Flowerdale Forest Corbetts



A wonderful hidden area north of Torridon awaits to be explored. A fine but rough track aims in to Loch na h-Oidhche from where a circular route bounds over heather and grass

18 - Beinn Alligin and Beinn Dearg



Beinn Alligin's sandstone terraces are split by the dramatic Eag Dhubh. Some fine scrambling to be enjoyed

19 - Liathach



Situated in the heart of Torridon, Liathach has some fine scrambling and the hardest mainland munro-top

20 - Beinn Eighe



Lots of varied route choices over rocky and bouldery summits. Coire Mhic Fhearchair is simply stunning

21 - Applecross Corbetts



Stunning high cliffs and butresses protect vast plateaux, however the range is readily accessed to gain wonderful panoramas

22 - Beinn Damh



A dramatic little peak. Ideal for a fairly relaxed afternoon's ascent, the main route up is pathed and easier than it looks.

23 - Coulin Forest North



Often when the tops of Beinn Eighe, Beinn Alligin and Liathach are sulking in thick mist, Sgurr Dubh and Sgorr nan Lochan Uaine on the other side of Glen Torridon will be cloud free and worth visiting.

24 - Coulin Forest South



Varied terrain and bouldery peaks with excellent views to Torridon and Skye. Accessed by fine paths

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Hill routes in the Northern Highlands by category



Locate routes by ascent, distance, quality of scenery, effort needed or even Munro and Corbett count using the table below.
Sort multiple columns simultaneously by holding down shift key and clicking a second, third or even fourth column header!

Mountain Area     Route Ascent    
(m)
Distance    
(km)
Terrain+ Scenery Munro    
count
Corbett    
count
Coigach to Cape Wrath Ben Hope 'tourist route' 915 6.5 1 -
Coigach to Cape Wrath Ben Hope via north-east ridge 930 12 1 -
Coigach to Cape Wrath Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh from Carbreck 1050 13 - 2
Coigach to Cape Wrath Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh from Loch Eribol 1025 11 - 2
Coigach to Cape Wrath Foinaven, Arkle and Meall Horn 2550 31 - 3
Coigach to Cape Wrath Ben Stack 700 7 - -
Coigach to Cape Wrath Ben Hee 800 8.5 - 1
Coigach to Cape Wrath Meallan Liath Coire Mhic Dhughaill 800 11 - 1
Coigach to Cape Wrath Beinn Leoid, Meall an Fheur Loch (and Meallan a'Chuail) 975 14.5 - 1
Coigach to Cape Wrath Suilven and Canisp 2150 30 - 1
Coigach to Cape Wrath Ben Klibreck 825 14.5 1 -
Coigach to Cape Wrath Ben Klibreck over Creag an Lochain 1050 15 1 -
Coigach to Cape Wrath Ben Klibreck from Crask Inn 1000 21 1 -
Coigach to Cape Wrath Ben More Assynt and Conival from Inchnadamph 1190 16 2 -
Coigach to Cape Wrath Glas Bheinn 550 6 - 1
Coigach to Cape Wrath Ben More Assynt and Conival from Glen Cassley 1250 21 2 -
Coigach to Cape Wrath Ben More Assynt, Conival and Breabag 1850 22 2 1
Coigach to Cape Wrath Quinag 1150 13 - 3
Coigach to Cape Wrath Cul Mor and Cul Beag 1650 14.5 - 2
Coigach to Cape Wrath Cul Mor from Knockan Crag 800 11 - 1
Coigach to Cape Wrath Cul Beag from Knockan Crag 875 11 - 1
Coigach to Cape Wrath Stac Pollaidh 575 4.5 - -
Loch Broom to Easter Ross Inverlael Munros 2600 35 6 -
Loch Broom to Easter Ross Seana Bhraigh from Oykel Bridge 1050 22 1 -
Loch Broom to Easter Ross Am Faochagach from Strathvaich 925 24 1 -
Loch Broom to Easter Ross Am Faochagach, Seana Bhraigh, Carn Ban and Beinn a'Chaisteil 2415 54 2 2
Loch Broom to Easter Ross Beinn Dearg and satellites 1650 24.5 4 -
Loch Broom to Easter Ross Beinn Dearg and Beinn Enaiglair 1350 18 1 1
Loch Broom to Easter Ross Ben Wyvis 960 12 1 -
Loch Broom to Easter Ross Carn Chuinneag 900 14 - 1
Loch Broom to Easter Ross Ben Wyvis and Little Wyvis 1300 18 1 1
Loch Broom to Easter Ross Ben Wyvis and satellite tops 1700 22 1 -
Loch Maree to Loch Broom The Fannaichs from Loch Glascarnoch 2900 35 9 -
Loch Maree to Loch Broom Fionn Bheinn 830 11 1 -
Loch Maree to Loch Broom The Fannaichs from Fannich Lodge 2850 37.5 9 -
Loch Maree to Loch Broom Fannaichs west (A'Chailleach and Sgurr Bhreac) 1175 16 2 -
Loch Maree to Loch Broom Fannaichs centre (Meall a'Chrasgaidh, Sgurr nan Clach Geala and Sgurr nan Each) 1150 17 3 -
Loch Maree to Loch Broom Fannaichs east (An Coileachean to Beinn Liath Mor Fannaich and Beinn Liath Mhor a'Ghuibhais Li) 1400 22 4 1
Loch Maree to Loch Broom An Teallach and Fisherfield 3850 43 8 -
Loch Maree to Loch Broom An Teallach and its tops 1775 18 2 -
Loch Maree to Loch Broom Fisherfield Munros and Creag Rainnich 3050 41 6 1
Loch Maree to Loch Broom Ruadh Stac Mor and A'Mhaighdean with Beinn Deargs 2550 41 2 2
Loch Maree to Loch Broom Sail Mhor and An Teallach 1775 18 2 1
Loch Maree to Loch Broom Slioch 1035 18 1 -
Loch Maree to Loch Broom Slioch via Sgurr Dubh 1145 18 1 -
Loch Maree to Loch Broom Slioch return over Tuill Bhain 1200 18 1 -
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Beinn Alligin 1250 10 2 -
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Beinn Dearg (Torridon) 925 10 - 1
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Liathach 1280 6 2 -
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Liathach - Meall Dearg and Northern Pinnacles 1500 12.5 2 -
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Liathach - up Stuc a'Choire Dhuibh Bhig 1500 9 2 -
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Liathach - the easy way up Mullach an Rathain ! 1375 10 2 -
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Beinn Eighe Munro summits 1250 11 2 -
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Beinn Eighe summits and tops 1650 20 2 -
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Beinn Eighe via Loch Maree and two Corbetts 1600 12 2 2
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Applecross Corbetts 1350 14 - 2
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Flowerdale Forest 1575 23 - 2
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Beinn Damh 1065 10 - 1
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Coulin Forest Munros 2150 21 3 -
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Coulin Forest Munros and Fuar Tholl 2475 25 3 1
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Coulin Forest Munros and An Ruadh-stac 2550 24 3 1
Applecross, Coulin and Torridon Coulin Forest Corbetts 1050 13 - 2
+1: path all the way, 2-3: paths most of the way and mainly grass, 4-5: grass with some boulders and steep ground, 6-7: fair amount of scree and boulders
   8: a few sections of rock clambering, 9: tricky sections of scrambling and exposure, 10: very exposed, technical scrambling, climbing and ropework required


* there are tracks decent enough on these routes to enable cycling

Routes without links are under construction and will be on website soon.

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