Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh

Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh form the most northerly high ground in the UK. Overshadowed and often overlooked when compared to dramatic and nearby Fionaven and Arkle, this pair of Corbetts make for a pleasant and fairly easy afternoon hillwalk.

Main route summary

Grass and rush covered ground on Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh's lower slopes lead to shattered boulder and rock covered crests. Views from the summits give far distant panoramas to Durness, Orkney and beyond.

The most popular access is from Carbreck to the north-west, from where the hills appear as green slopes split by Calbhach Coire. Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh can also be accessed from the southern end of Loch Eribol, from where the hills' bouldery summits are more obvious.

Corbetts Beinn Spionnaidh (773m)
Cranstackie (801m)
Ascent 1050m (3450ft)
Distance       13km (8m)
Time walk : 5hr*, run : 2:30hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Carbreck
(grid ref : NC332592)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Cranstackie : 'rugged hill'
Beinn Spionnaidh : 'hill of strength'

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