Munro above Loch Quoich

Gairich stands isolated above the southern shores of Loch Quoich, its impressive silhouette belying its rather modest height.


ListsMunro, 272
LocationRough Bounds and Glen Kingie, Knoydart and the Rough Bounds
Grid RefNN025996
Lat/Lon57.04478, -5.2582

On the road to Loch Hourn, Gairich stands in an isolated position, dominating much of the view above Loch Quoich.

The most popular route up Gairich begins from the dam at the eastern end of Loch Quoich. After coping with a really soggy path crossing moorland for the first 2km, a fine hike can be enjoyed on a long crest which in turn leads to some easy scrambling up Gairich's east-facing nose.

A longer and more interesting approach heads in from Glen Kingie biking along a forest track to the foot of the coire between Gairich and Sgurr an Fhuarain, from where stalkers paths travel up much of the hillsides.

Gairich is also the first peak on an epic challenge traversing the peaks and ridges of the Rough Bounds of Knoydart while hiking a circular route around Loch Quoich. This is a long day, possibly done more enjoyably over two days with an overnight bivvi !

Routes up Gairich

Rough Bounds from Loch Quoich

From Loch Quoich Dam, a hike up Gairich is followed by a challenging route following well defined paths and stalkers tracks along crests to Sgurr na Ciche, the highest peak in the Rough Bounds of Knoydart.

Peaks : 5 Munros, 1 Corbett

Ascent : 1350m (4430ft)
Distance : 13km (8m)
Time : 5:30hr

Gairich and Sgurr Mor from Glen Kingie

South of Loch Quoich, fine forestry and estate tracks enable the use of a bike to travel along Glen Kingie, from where a delightful route following paths and ridges reaches the summits of Gairich, Sgurr an Fhuarain and Sgurr Mor.

Peaks : 2 Munros, 1 Corbett

Ascent : 2245m (7370ft)
Distance : 49km (30m)
Time : 9:5hr

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