I fell in
love with the 'peak of the fiddler' at first sight; it's stunning edge
rising in one great swell from the moor. The walking is fairly rough but
continuously interesting with rock and water features along the way.
the Drumrunie-Achiltibuie road about 2km west of the junction at GR 145
062. Head west to meet the Allt Claonaidh burn then follow it upwards
to Lochan Tuath between Sgurr an Fhidhleir and Beinn an Eoin.
Fhidhleir is of course one of the tops on the Ben Mor Coigach massif,
and though it is perfectly possible to do the entire circuit it is a long
day best done from Culnacraig. This shorter walk concentrates on the finest
feature of the massif, the battleship bow of the Fhidhleir.
reach the shadowed Lochan Tuath, walk round its south side and head up
for the obvious earthy gully on the left of the massive south face of
the Fhidhleir. There are several hard climbs on the face, as indeed there
are up the actual prow, and some have recently been climbed in winter,
including one which entailed a 24-hour day. Hard men!
gully the level plateau is gained. Sgurr an Fhidhleir is to the north
up easy slopes, while retracing your steps you can easily take in Ben
Mor Coigach (743m) itself, reached via Speicin Coinnich. Descent is best
made by the same route taken in ascent. However, with the fine vista of
sea and loch for which the north-west of Scotland is justly famed, it
might be some time before you can wrench yourself away from the view!