Monar's Mountains - Lurg Mhor, Moruisg, Sgurr a'Chaorachain and more

Between Torridon and Affric, the mountains of Monar are grand peaks sitting in a vast and fairly remote area. The mountains all have very different character, some with wide plateaux, others with narrow ridges and summits perched above precipitous drops. Views from the peaks are excellent, with fine vistas northwards to the Coulin Forest and Torridon peaks and westwards to Skye and beyond.

Main route summary

Moruisg and Maoile Lunndaidh have vast plateaus, untypical for western peaks, whereas the peaks of Sgurr Choinnich, Bidean an Eoin Deirg and Sgurr a'Chaorachain have long fine ridges. Bidean a'Choire Sheasgaich is craggy on its northern side and Lurg Mhor has an interesting notched gap leading to its eastern top.

The 'Main Route' makes for a very long day or a challenging two-day backpacking trip. The varied terrain is easily accessed via a good cyclable track heading in from Craig - a great freewheel downhill at the end !

This long route route can easily be split into smaller chunks coming in from different starting points (see 'Alternative Routes' below).

Munros Bidean a'Choire Sheasgaich (945m, Munro 226)
Lurg Mhor (987m, Munro 161)
Sgurr Choinnich (999m, Munro 139)
Sgurr a'Chaorachain (1053m, Munro 78)
Maoile Lunndaidh (1005m, Munro 128)
Moruisg (928m, Munro 254)
Corbetts Sgurr nan Ceannaichean (913m)
Sgurr na Feartaig (862m)
Beinn Tharsuinn (863m) Beinn Dronaig* (797m)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 4075m (13,350ft)
Distance       43km (27m)
Time walk : 17:30hr*, run : 9:25hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Craig
(grid ref : NH092120)


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Bidean a'Choire Sheasgaich : 'pinnacle of the farrow cattle coire'
Lurg Mhor : 'big shank'
Sgurr Choinnich : 'mossy peak'
Sgurr a'Chaorachain : 'peak of the torrent'
Maoile Lunndaidh : 'bare hill of the wet place'
Moruisg : ;'big water'
Sgurr nan Ceannaichean : 'peak of the shopkeepers'
Sgurr na Feartaig : 'peak of the thrift'
Beinn Tharsuinn : 'transverse hill'
Beinn Dronaig : 'hill of the knoll'

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