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There are two Munros included in this long walk, with the option of a third if time and stamina allow! The two peaks are Carn Eighe and Mam Sodhail, the highest mountains north of the Great Glen, on the north of that prince of glens, Affric.

Start from the car park at the end of the public road in Glen Affric, some 1.5 km short of Affric Lodge. From the car park go west one km on the north side of the loch then take the stalker's path north between Sgurr na Lapaich and Am Meallan. Now take the path west, on the north side of the burn coming down Gleann nam Fiadh. This leads to a series of small lochans in Coire Mhic Fhearchair. Above the upper lochan gain the Garbh-bhealach, the bealach between two tops of Carn Eighe's east ridge.

Traverse the ridge west, using a good stalker's path, crossing over three tops in succession; Sron Garbh, Stob Coire Dhomhnuill and Stob a'Choire Dhomhain. Carn Eighe is next, the highest point of the day at 1183m.

(If you are feeling strong at this time and daylight allows, you may care to take in a third Munro, Beinn Fhionnlaidh. Descend the north ridge of Carn Eighe, pass over the top of Stob Coire Lochan, and gain the summit of Beinn Fhionnlaidh in 2km. Retrace your steps to Carn Eighe.)

From the summit of Carn Eighe, descend its south-west ridge to a col, then up to gain the large cairn at the summit of Mam Sodhail. Descent is initially via the south-west ridge of Mam Sodhail to a col at 1086m, whence a path down Coire Leachavie leads to the track on the north side of Loch Affric. This is a right of way and takes you past Affric Lodge and so on to the car park.


Maps: OS Sheet 25 'Glen Carron & Glen Affric'
Distance: 23 km (27 km with Beinn Fhionnlaidh)
Ascent: 1600 m (1800 m with Beinn Fhionnlaidh)
Time: 8 hours (9.5 hours with Beinn Fhionnlaidh)
Food & Drink: The nearest local facilities can be found at Cannich.


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