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Beinn Eighe

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Beinn Eighe is the eastern guardian of Glen Torridon, with two Munros, one recently promoted. It hides its great cliff scenery on its northern flanks but this walk provides superb views of these, both from the ridge, and from the coire beneath its north western terminating ridges.

This walk begins and ends at a car park on the road just west of the burn coming down the Coire Dubh Mor (NG 958 569). There is another path up to Spidean Coire nan Clach, starting 2.25 km further east; using this entails some road walking at the beginning or end of the day.

The start of the path takes easy slopes to a steeper finish over scree and rocks, turning east near the head of Coire nan Clach to gain the spur of Stuc Coire an Laoigh. This leads to the trig point at 972m, while 200m to the north east is the actual summit of the first of two Munros at 993m. (Spidean Coire nan Clach, NG 966 598).

From the summit go back over the trig point and continue the traverse of the main ridge westward. A col at 822m is reached before climbing up again to reach a cairn. This is at the east end of the level summit of Coinneach Mhor (976m). Now descend north east to reach the col at the head of Coire Mhic Fhearchair and go north up the ridge to reach the summit of the second Munro, Ruadh-stac Mor, the highest summit of Beinn Eighe at 1010m (NG 951 611).

Views of the fine triple buttresses of Coire Mhic Fhearchair are particularly stunning, with the two rock types quite noticeable in their contrast - the dull Torridonian sandstone and the paler quartzite above. The next section continues the panorama, as firstly one returns to the col then descends north west down a steep gully into Coire Mhic Fhearchair.

Traverse the loch anticlockwise to reach the path next to its outflow and follow this good path round under Sail Mhor to reach Coire Dubh Mor and hence the way back to Glen Torridon and the car park.


Maps: OS Sheet 19 'Gairloch & Ullapool, Loch Maree' & 25 'Glen Carron & Glen Affric' (1:50000), OL8 (The Cuillin & Torridon Hills at 1:25000)
Distance: 15 km
Ascent: 1170 m
Time: 6 hours
Food & Drink: Hotels at either end of the glen supply the usual pressing needs, while a little bit longer in the car leads westward to the delightful village of Shieldaig. It was in the hotel here that we once watched a major football game on TV, while the aerial fell off the roof every few minutes in the gale. This is the west coast, so the aerial is probably still awaiting repairs...


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