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The Glen Shiel and Kintail area of North West Scotland is a magical area of impressive mountain ridges rising steeply from shores and glens. Crags, corries and cliffs, often well-hidden  from roadside view, tempt hillwalkers to the ridges and summits. We're here to help you discover the famed Five Sisters, South Sheild Ridge and other nearby Munros, including the Forcan Ridge.

Base in the Glen Shield area for 5 days where there is plenty of accommodation from Camp site, BB, Self catering cottages to Hotels. Being close to the west coast of Scotland the weather can be changeable, but below are a number of options for your 5 days of walking, aiming to tick off a number of the area's Munro summits. They are listed and undertaken in no particular order. At the end of each day the provisional option for the next day will be made. This may change at the next morning's meeting should weather or group members decide.

 South Glen Shiel Ridge  

7 Munros are toped in this excellent 14km ridge walk. Starting at the famous Cluaine Inn first topping Druim Shionnach 987m M160. With a quick out and back to Crag a’ Mhaim 947m M218. Then off  east to Aonach air Churith 1021m M109 and Maol Chinn – Dearg 981m M168. From there, we can head north to return to the road and Cluanie Inn. Continuing eastwards, the next peak is Sugg an Doire Leathain 1010m M122, followed by Sgurr an Lochain 1004m M131 and finally Crag nan Daml 918m M274. From here there are two options of decent:first is by way of the North ridge leading to the Battle car park on the main road; the alternative is descending the Bealach Duibh Leac and down the Allt Mhalagain to the road. 

The Saddle and Sgurr na Sgine via the Forcan Ridge.

From the car park on the main road you climb up the stalker's path to the coll. Then on to the start of the Forcan Ridge with its ever increasing knife edge. There is one short difficult section then on to the summit of The Saddle 1010m M121. From the summit we drop down and start the climb up to Sguss na Sgine 946m M223. Returning to the road via Faochag and the spur to the road. 

North East Shiel Ridge

From the car park a short distance west of Cluanie Inn a broad grassy ridge rises on to Aonach Meadhoin 1001m M135. Turning west we reach Sgurr a’ Bhealaich Dherig 1036m M96. The final top is Saileag 956m M205. Then down to the Bealach an Lapain which leads back to the road. 

The Five Sisters of Kintail

This is a classic Scottish hill expedition picking off three Munros during the traverse. Starting at the Eastern end of the ridge a car park just after the Glen Shield battle site gives access to the Bealach an Lapain. This climb is hard work zig zaging to the coll. .Once up you are rewarded with a magnificent traverse. First on to Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe 1027m M105; then north to Sgurr na Carnach 1002m M134 and Sgurr Fhisran 1067m M70. Descending the ridge by Sgurr na Moraich and almost into the front door of the Kintail Lodge hotel. This walk on a clear day gives view north to Torridon, west to The Cullins and south to Ben Nevis. 

East end of Glen Shiel - A’ Chalaig and Mullach Fraoch – Choire.

These two Munros can be climbed as a short day. Parking is a sort distance west of the Cluanie Inn. You quickly climb up the spur gaining the ridge leading to A’ Chralaig 1120m M33. Continuing north crossing the top of Stob Corire na Craiaig 1008m where the ridge becomes narrower and leads with difficulty to the summit of Mullach Fraoch Choire 11102m M49. The best decent is to return by the ascent route.  

Glen Shiled and Kintail Course Dates
10 -14 April 2017
22 - 25 May 2017
5 - 8 September 2017
By arrangement for 4 or more

 This course does not include accommodation.

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