Ben More Assynt, Conival and other Assynt peaks

Assynt is a wonderful and rugged area in the north-west of Scotland. The highest mountains are Ben More Assynt and Conival - rough quartzite covered crests and summits. Both summits have expansive, but different views - from Conival, the view is over Inverpolly with Suilven and Canisp and to the sea beyond. Whereas from Ben More Assynt the view is primarily east over vast moorlands with occasional peaks.


Main route summary


The two Munros in Assynt are connected by a scree and boulder strewn ridge, which is narrow enough in places to allow for a bit of easy scrambling.

Glas Bheinn is a Corbett peak to the west of Conival. Although linked to the Munros by a high-level plateau and ridges, most people will prefer to bag its summit from the highest point on the nearby A894, which makes for a short afternoon stroll. Glas Bheinn does however afford some of the finest views in the area from its summit.

Breabag, the Corbett immediately south of the Conival and Ben More Assynt, is a stubborn hill, being long, flattish and whale-backed in shape and covered in stone and boulders. More interesting however, are the Bone Caves at this hill's foot which are well worth a visit.


Munros Ben More Assynt (987m, Munro 158)
Conival (998m, Munro 141)
 
Corbetts Breabag* (815m)
Glas Bheinn* (776m)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
 
Ascent 1190m (3,900ft)
Distance       16km (10m)
Time walk : 6hr*, run : 2:25hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Inchnadamph
(grid ref : NC251216)

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Terrain
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Effort
stroll long day
Scenery
ok stunning
 
Meanings 
Ben More Assynt : 'big hill of Assynt'
Conival : 'adjoining hill'
Breabag : 'little back'
Glas Bheinn : 'grey hill'




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