Mullardoch & Affric Munros circuit - Carn Eighe, Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, Sgurr na Lapaich and more

West of the Highland Boundary Fault, crests and ridges form long chains of peaks leading into a wild area surrounding Loch Mullardoch and Loch Affric. The peaks are high, with Carn Eighe being one of only 3 mountains in the UK with a prominence of more than 1000 metres !

With no roads or tracks along Loch Mullardoch, and with only a narrow single track road reaching Mullardoch dam through Glen Cannich, there is a real sense of remoteness in this area. The highest peaks in the group afford superb views to Kintail, Torridon and beyond.


Main route summary


The Munros to the north of Loch Mullardoch (Carn nan Gobhar to An Socach), which are for the most part grass covered, are accessed using fine stalkers paths and hydro tracks. The mountains to the south of Loch Mullardoch and above Glen Affric are rougher, require more effort and have no obvious pathed routes accessing from Loch Mullardoch. There are no technical difficulties on the routes described, apart from some very easy scrambling on Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, Sgurr na Lapaich and east of Carn Eighe.

All 12 Munros surrounding the loch can be taken in on one long and varied route, perhaps back-packed over 2 days. Alternatively the hills can be ascended in 3 or more shorter outings from different starting points, some of which can be made easier by using the services of Angus and his Mullardoch boat ferry.


Munros Carn nan Gobhar (993m, Munro 151)
Sgurr na Lapaich (1150m, Munro 24)
An Riabhachan (1129m, Munro 29)
An Socach (1069m, Munro 68)
Mullach na Dheiragain (982m, Munro 167)
Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan (1151m, Munro 22)
An Socach (921m, Munro 270)
Mam Sodhail (1181m, Munro 14)
Beinn Fhionnlaidh (1005m, Munro 127)
Carn Eighe (1183m, Munro 12)
Tom a'Choinnich (1112m, Munro 41)
Toll Creagach (1054m, Munro 77)
 
Ascent 4940m (16,200ft)
Distance       55km (34.5m)
Time walk : 2 days*, run : 13hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Mullardoch Dam
(grid ref : NH223316)

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Terrain
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stroll long day
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Meanings 
Carn nan Gobhar : 'cairn of the goats'
Sgurr na Lapaich : 'rocky peak of the bog'
An Riabhachan : 'the streaked one'
An Socach : 'the snout'
Mullach na Dheiragain : 'summit of the hawks'
Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan : 'rocky peak of the quarters'
Mam Sodhail : 'rounded hill of the barn'
Beinn Fhionnlaidh : 'Finlay's hill'
Carn Eighe : 'file cairn'
Tom a'Choinnich : 'hill of the moss'
Toll Creagach : 'rocky hollow'




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