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The somewhat unusual name probably means the milking pail or stoup. The Gaelic is cuinneag. Straddling the neck of land between Loch Assynt to the south and Loch Glencoul to the NE, the mountain resembles a handwritten letter "y", with three Corbetts and two other tops.

Start from the road between Inchnadamph and Kylesku Ferry, at a parking area (233 274). A stalker's path begins here, which will taken on the return journey. Ahead is the broad SE ridge of the first Corbett, Spidean Coinich. The entire mountain, although appearing to be well defended by cliffs, is in fact easily approached and the ridge soon leads to the cone-shaped summit.

Continue north now along the traverse, over a point at 713m, then down to the Bealach a'Chornaidh. From here the descent path into the east coire will be taken but we continue up towards the next landmark, Point 745. Beyond Point 745, a col is reached, followed by the ridge north to the second Corbett of the day, Sail Gorm (776m). (Sail is Gaelic for a heel and in the NW of Scotland they seem to have been used for hills which have long slopes running down from tops such as the ones found on Quinag.)

From Sail Gorm, which is our most northerly point on Quinag, return along the ridge to the col before Point 745. Before reaching this point, traverse across its north flank to gain the ridge leading to the third Corbett of the walk - Sail Garbh. On Sail Gharbh, which is the highest peak on Quinag at 808m, the grey quartzite will be seen overlying the sandstone. From Sail Gharbh, go back west to regain the lowest point of its ridge and skirt round Point 745 by a SE traverse, descending to reach Bealach a'Cornaidh again.

From Bealach a'Cornaidh the path drops down into the east coire, following a stalker's path past the north shore of Lochan Bealach Cornaidh, crossing the Allt na Bradhan and so to the starting point at the car park on the A894 road.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 15 'Loch Assynt, Lochinver & Kylesku'
Distance: 13km
Ascent: 790 m
Time: 4 hours
Food & Drink: Hotels at Inchnadamph to the south, Kylestrome to the north.

 

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