whose name means hill of the rough shieling, lies between Loch Maree and
the Fionn Loch; the photograph is from the north and gives some indication
of the superb area round about. Begin at Poolewe and take the road past
Inveran. You might save a few kilometres by taking the car down this private
road but parking is scarce.
Loch an Doire Ghairbh take a path SW. This joins the path from Kernsary
to Ardlair. Continue towards Loch Maree to reach a point at 894 768, from
which you should see an old sheep fold on the left.
sheep fold a path goes east to reach a burn, which it then follows uphill
to gain the col between Spidean nan Clach and Meall Chnaimhean. A high
coire lies between Beinn Airigh Charr and Spidean nan Clach; take its
right flank to reach the summit of Beinn Airigh Charr.
eyes on the views, which include some of the finest wilderness areas in
the country. The Torridon giants are well seen, as is the indented coastline
and numerous lochs of all sizes.
On the north
side is a steep tower called Martha's Peak. She was by legend a shepherdess,
who fell to her death while looking after her flock. Avoiding this sad
fate, continue NW to reach the rocky summit of Spidean nan Clach. A descent
south then SW takes one to the col and the path back to Poolewe.