of the name is uncertain but could mean the hill of the level top or ark
mountain, from the Norse ark-fjall. Both probably refer to the very fine
approach walk from the A838 road, about 1 km north of Achfary village.
A private road takes one to the bothy at Lone, quite an appropriate name
for an area so remotely situated in the Reay Forest. From the bothy keep
to a good stalker's path, keeping left just past the bothy at a cairn.
In 500m the path goes through a gate, flanked by boulders, before passing
through a pine plantation then taking to the hillside above.
path about 1.5 km past Lone and head north uphill between two small burns
to reach the flat top of Meall Aonghais. Stony slopes now lead north-west
to the start of the summit ridge at Point 757m. The ridge curves its quartzite
way, with one rough stretch, which may be bypassed on the west flank if
so wished. Return by the same route.