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Slioch



Munros

Slioch (981m, Munro 170)

Ascent

1035m (3,400ft)

Distance  

18km (11m)

Time

walking : 6:15hr*, running : 2:40hr
 *Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent


Main route summary


Majestic Slioch towers above Loch Maree and its beauty is often featured on scenic calendars. It's one of those mountains that looks truly impenetrable from most viewpoints, however there is one fairly easy route going in from the south-east along the calm shores of Loch Maree.

Good paths are used, which pass waterfalls and lochans to reach superb views, including an expansive vista over Fisherfield - one of Scotland's last true wildernesses. Although the route described is fairly easy, Slioch has some unusual topography, which in mist can be quite confusing, therefore well-honed navigation skills are essential.
start/finish Incheril near Kinlochewe
(grid ref : NH039624)

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terrain
easy Decent paths over mainly grassy ground, some scree higher up difficult
navigation
easy Can be slightly tricky in mist and snow testing
effort
stroll An enjoyable and striaghtforward half-day out long day
scenery
ok Just amazing ! stunning
 
meanings  Slioch : 'the spear'
main route outlineprint route
Getting there
Just east of Kinlochewe on the A832, a sign points to Incheril. Turn down onto this narrow road, cross the ridge and drive on for around 700m to a large car-park.

Slioch
  • From the car-park, go through a gate in the tall deer-fence and turn left onto the path. There's lots of sheep around here, continue for around 1km, through a gate and cross the Allt Chnaimhean via a bridge.
  • Follow paths on the east side of the Kinlochewe River for another 1km. Reach a junction in path usually marked by stones placed in the shape of arrow and turn right away from river.
  • Continue over wet ground past a old sheep-pen, probably hidden by huge ferns in summer, to reach the shores of Loch Maree. The path continues along the shore to a bridge over the Abhainn an Fhasaigh.
  • Cross this bridge then through a gate and turn right off the main path then head uphill. A couple of minutes on, there's a little burn with a small waterfall to fill up bottles.
  • Continue to a junction in the path marked by a cairn and take the left fork. Follow the badly erroded path uphill, wet in bits and with some occasional clambering over rocks.
  • Reach a bealach between Sgurr Dubh and Meall Each at 500m then aim north-west into Coire na Sleaghaich. Flat for quite a bit, continue over this and cross the burn then pick up a path that zig-zags uphill to the eastern of two lochans, south-east of Slioch's summit.
  • Turn north on an obvious path up steep bouldery ground, that eases of onto grass.
  • Path starts to become faint, turn slightly to right off path, aiming for the shallow lochan (not marked on OS 1:50,000) just below Slioch's summit. Cross wet ground, then one last pull to reach the trig-point at 980m.
  • Slioch has two tops, previously both being marked at 980m. However, the south top with the trig point is no longer considered to be the summit, though it does give excellent views over Loch Maree to Torridon and beyond. Head over to the northern top (981m) to tick of the Munro and get wonderful, expansive views over the Fisherfield peaks to An Teallach and beyond.

Return
The easiest way back is to return by the same route.



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