Foinaven, Arkle & Meall Horn

Enjoy superb ridge-walking above dramatic corries on Foinaven, Arkle and Meall Horn - some of the most impressive mountains in the north-west highlands. Stunning vast views can be savoured on clear days on one of the finest hill-walking routes in Scotland.


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Meall Horn is a quiet hill, mainly grass covered on its western and southern slopes with a more interesting craggy north-easterly side hidden from view from the roads.

Back in the early 1990's Foinaven's summit, Ganu Mor was given a spot height of 915m by the Ordnance Survey, therefore briefly becoming a Munro. The local hotels braced themselves for an influx of Munro-baggers, before Foinaven's summit was quickly given a revised height of 913m (which has since been revised further). With its boulderfields, ridges, crags, summits and corries, Foinaven is a magnificent mountain regardless of list status and reminiscent of Beinn Eighe in Torridon.

The scree clad slopes of Arkle look forboding, but the mountain is easily gained. A stunning terrace of quartize curves above its main coire.

Fine tracks give access to these hills, however higher up the ground on Foinaven and Arkle is very rough and often pathless. These mountains are therefore not recommended for inexperienced walkers.


Corbetts Meall Horn (777m)
Arkle (787m)
Foinaven (Fionn Bheinn) (911m)
 
Ascent 2550m (8,350ft)
Distance       31km (19.5m)
Time walk : 12hr*, run : 5:35hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Bridge 1km NE of Achfary
(grid ref : NC297402)

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Meanings 
Ganu Mor : 'big wedge'
Arkle : 'hill of the level top'
Meall Horn : 'hill of the eagle'




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