Ciste Dhubh

Ciste Dhubh

Munro peak in Kintail

Tucked away behind Am Bathach at the western end of Loch Cluanie, the dark crags of Ciste Dhubh's summit are glimpsed briefly when driving along the A87 through Strath Cluanie towards Glen Shiel.

Ciste Dhubh

Meaningblack chest
ListsMunro, 169
LocationKintail's Brothers, Glen Affric to Glen Shiel
Grid RefNH062166
Lat/Lon57.19922, -5.20975

Above the western end of Loch Cluanie, a rough track travels northwards through the glen of An Caorann Mor overlooked by the sweeping grass-covered slopes of Ciste Dhubh. With dark crags on Ciste Bhubh's summit, this solitary Munro is distinctively different from the surrounding peaks of Kintail and Cluanie.

The track through An Caorann Mor can be used to reach Ciste Dhubh, however the most direct route to the hill begins at Cluanie Inn, where a track, then wet path, leads to Bealach a' Choinich, just below the foot of the hill. From the bealach, a path travels up Ciste Dhubh's southern shoulder and over its interesting and slightly weird summit topography.

As Bealach a' Choinich stands at a height of around 600m and connects to other peaks in Kintail's Brothers, most hillwalkers will opt to extend a route to Ciste Dhubh onwards to other nearby Munros.

Routes up Ciste Dhubh

Brothers of Kintail

Above the western end of Loch Cluanie, well defined paths travel along mountain crests to the top of four Munros, of which Sgurr a' Bhealaich Dheirg is the highest. Some cracking views from the summits.

Peaks : 4 Munros, 1 Corbett

Ascent : 1650m (5410ft)
Distance : 16km (10m)
Time : 6:45hr

Kintail's Big 9

On the road to Skye, the peaks of Kintail rise steeply above Glen Shiel. The hidden north-facing side of this range drops even more dramatically down into Gleann Lichd below the mass of Beinn Fhada. All of the Munros in this area can be bagged on one epic circular hillwalking route, with the option of an overnight in a lonely bothy.

Peaks : 9 Munros

Ascent : 4115m (13500ft)
Distance : 41km (25m)
Time : 17:5hr

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