Cranstackie from Foinaven


Corbett peak in Sutherland

Impressive long mountain topped with quartzite above grass-covered slopes. Along with neighbouring Beinn Spionnaidh, these two peaks combine to form the most northerly high ground in Scotland's mainland.


Meaningrugged hill
ListsCorbett, 157
LocationSrath Dionnard, Coigach and the far north
Grid RefNC356562
Lat/Lon58.45742, -4.82871

Viewed from Loch Eriboll to the east or Carbreck to the west, Cranstackie appears as a predominantly grass-covered hill with a few bits of rock higher up for interest. However, Cranstackie's most impressive aspect is viewed from the south-west and particularly from Foinaven, where its long southern shoulder with crags and quartzite blocks towers for 5km above Srath Dionard.

Cranstackie's and nearby Beinn Spionnaidh's crests link together at a bealach at a height of 550m. As such most hillwalkers will combine them into one route, but there's a choice - from Loch Eriboll to the east or Carbreck to the west.

Routes up Cranstackie

Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh from Loch Eriboll

Starting from near the southern end of Loch Eriboll, this largely pathless route strikes over grass, through forestry and up the side of the lovely Allt Leacach to reach the bouldery summits of Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh.

Peaks : 2 Corbetts

Ascent : 1025m (3360ft)
Distance : 11km (7m)
Time : 4:30hr

Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh from Carbreck

From the roadside a few miles south of Durness a fine track leads to the base of the twins of Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh. Thereafter, grassy slopes rise up to the bouldery summit crests of these mountains.

Peaks : 2 Corbetts

Ascent : 1050m (3440ft)
Distance : 13km (8m)
Time : 5hr

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