South Glen Shiel Ridge, Forcan Ridge & the SaddleOn 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
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.
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)
Beinn Loinne* (789m)|
Buidhe Bheinn* (885m)
*See 'Alternative Routes' below
walk : 15hr*, run : 6:15hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent
1km east of Achnagart Farm
(grid ref : NG968143)
Just east of Cluanie Inn
(grid ref : NH078117)
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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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