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The meaning 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 summit ridge.

Start the 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.

Leave this 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.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 9 'Cape Wrath, Durness & Scourie'
Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 820m
Time: 6 hours
Food & Drink: Very remote area so nothing in the immediate vicinity.

 

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