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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.

Start from 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.

Sgurr an 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.

When you 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!

Above the 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!

 

 

Maps: OS Sheet 15 'Loch Assynt, Lochinver & Kylesku'
Distance: 6km
Ascent: 650m
Time: 5 hours
Food & Drink: Best amenities are at Ullapool, including at least one seafood restaurant of renown. Ullapool Tourist Information Number 01854 612 135.

 

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