Five Sisters of Kintail

Kintail's Brothers and Sisters

Routes on the Munros north and above Glen Shiel

On the 'Road to the Isles', the famed Five Sisters of Kintail rise dramatically and steeply from the northern side of Glen Shiel. Combined with their easterly neighbouring peaks, these peaks form a long continuous chain stretching from the head of Loch Duich to Cluanie.

Main route summary

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap

A challenging route can be enjoyed over changing terrain - flat heath, narrow ridges, river crossings and boulder field. Adding in Beinn Fhada and A'Ghlas Bheinn makes for a strenuous outing, but one that starts and finishes at nearby locations. If however you feel like taking the peaks at a more relaxing pace, the route can be done over two days, staying overnight at Camban bothy, or split into separate walks over three or more days. Excellent tracks and paths penetrate into the area and views are stunning - all the way to Torridon, Skye and beyond.

Munros A'Ghlas Bheinn (918m, Munro 276)
Beinn Fhada (1032m, Munro 100)
Ciste Dhubh (979m, Munro 174)
Aonach Meadhoin (1001m, Munro 137)
Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg (1036m, Munro 96)
Saileag (956m, Munro 207)
Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe (1027m, Munro 105)
Sgurr na Carnach (1002m, Munro 133)
Sgurr Fhuaran (1067m, Munro 70)
Corbetts Sgurr an Airgid* (841m)
Am Bathach* (798m)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 3900m (12,800ft)
Distance       35km (22m)
Time walk : 15:15hr*, run : 6hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start   Glomach Falls carpark
(grid ref : NG978223)

Finish   Torrlaoighseach
(grid ref : NG953167)


Which map to choose ?
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easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Sgurr an Airgid : 'peak of silver'
Beinn Fhada : ;'long hill'
A'Ghlas-bheinn : 'the greenish/grey hill'
Sgurr Fhuaran : 'peak of the wolf'
Sgurr na Carnach : 'rocky peak'
Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe : 'peak of the black chest'
Saileag : 'little heal'
Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg : 'peak of the red pass'
Aonach Meadhoin : 'middle ridge'
Am Bathach : 'the byre'
Ciste Dhubh : 'black chest'

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