South Glen Shiel Ridge, Forcan Ridge & the Saddle

On the 'Road to the Isles', the South Glen Shiel Ridge is a superb range of peaks stretching for 13km in a continuous chain. More peaks lead westwards, ending with The Saddle and its famed north-eastern spur, The Forcan Ridge.

Main route summary

With little descent and re-ascent between the summits, the South Glen Shiel Ridge makes for a fine multi-Munro bagging day.

The peaks are slightly indistinctive when compared them to each other, so to make a more memorable outing, it is possbile to add in Sgurr na Sgine and The Saddle. On the way, the ex-Corbett Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais is also bagged, though a detour of just 4km will gain the new summit, Buidhe Bheinn. The famed Forcan Ridge is included in the route (Grade 1 scramble, and Grade 3 for the 'Bad Step'), but if preferred, it can be easily by-passed.

Overall the route combines fast easy ridge-running with some stiff scrambling and exhilarating views.

Munros The Saddle (1010m, Munro 121)
Sgurr na Sgine (946m, Munro 222)
Creag nam Damh (918m, Munro 274)
Sgurr an Lochain (1004m, Munro 131)
Sgurr an Doire Leathain (1010m, 122)
Maol Chinn-dearg (981m, Munro 170)
Aonach air Chrith (1021m, Munro 110)
Druim Shionnach (987m, Munro 159)
Creag a'Mhaim (947m, Munro 219)
Corbetts Beinn Loinne* (789m)
Buidhe Bheinn* (885m)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 2750m (9,000ft)
Distance       42km (26m)
Time walk : 15hr*, run : 6:15hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start   1km east of Achnagart Farm
(grid ref : NG968143)

Finish   Just east of Cluanie Inn
(grid ref : NH078117)


Which map to choose ?
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easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Sgurr na Sgine : 'peak of the knife'
Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais : 'peak of the hollow of the narrows'
Creag nan Damh : 'peak of the stags'
Sgurr an Lochain : 'peak of the small loch'
Sgurr an Doire Leathain : 'peak of the broad oak grove'
Maol Chinn-dearg : 'bald red head'
Aonach air Chrith : 'ridge of trembling'
Creag a'Mhaim : 'rock of the large rounded hill'

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