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Beinn Airigh Charr


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This Corbett, 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.

Just past 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.

From the 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.

Feast your 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.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 19 'Gairloch & Ullapool, Loch Maree'
Distance: 19 km (return trip from Poolewe)
Ascent: 800 m
Time: 6 hours
Food & Drink: The Poolewe Hotel is a typical west coast refreshment stop, with a bottomless pool in the river adjacent, well worth gazing into.

 

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