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Beinn Sgritheall

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The wonderful area that is Glenelg and Knoydart is penetrated by Loch Hourn, from the north shore of which Beinn Sgritheall rises. Its name probably means scree hill, and indeed there are vast areas of scree overlooking the loch. Fortunately these are avoided on the walk.

The remote village of Arnisdale may be the starting or finishing point for the walk. Here we will elect to describe a clockwise traverse, so begin about 2.5 km west of Arnisdale, at Creag Ruadh (822 119). Take to open woods north-west at first, picking up a path which leads to a small lochan on the level section of the west ridge.

Continue east along the west ridge of Beinn Sgritheall which leads soon enough to the summit. Views to the south over Loch Hourn encompass the fine peaks of Knoydart; Ladhar Bheinn, Meall Buidhe, Luinne Bheinn. To the west is Rum and Eigg. The mountain itself has fine ridges and coires to the north, not readily seen until on the hill. The continuation of the traverse eastward takes in the east top at 900m. From here steep and stony slopes lead down to the Bealach Arnasdail.

From the Bealach Arnasdail, turn south-west to descend steeply parallel to the burn. Head for the west end of the village and so gain the road just west of the bridge over the burn.


Maps: OS Sheet 33 'Loch Alsh, Glen Shiel & Loch Hourn'
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 930 m
Time: 4 hours
Food & Drink: Shiel Bridge is the closest hub of activity.


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