Rough Bounds of Knoydart

Land entrances to the Knoydart peninsula are guarded by rugged mountains and long glens. This area is affectionately known as The Rough Bounds of Knoydart and comprises many hills surrounding Glen Dessarry, Glen Kingie and Loch Quoich (now correctly named Loch Cuaich on newer maps).

Sgurr na Ciche is the highest peak in the range and views from its summit are superb, with fantastic seaward panoramas over Eigg, Rhum, Skye and beyond to be enjoyed on clear days.

Main route summary

Sgurr na Ciche is a rough pyramid, whereas Garbh Choich Mor and its minor tops are tamed by a long parish wall, which aids navigation when the mist is down. Well defined paths and stalkers tracks flow along the crests of Sgurr nan Coireachan, Sgurr Mor, Sgurr an Fhuarain and Gairich.

The 'Main route' which follows crests around Loch Quoich, can unveil some of the area's pre-dammed history if the level is low. The route starts from the Quoich dam and takes in the summits in a clockwise direction, presenting fine views ahead while progress is made heading westwards over the peaks.

There are other interesting hills in the area, all worthy of a visit. Ben Aden is a rough Corbett, requiring a long walk just to reach the base. Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh, Fraoch Bheinn and Sgurr Mhurlagain are more tame and can easily be combined with some of the nearby Munros or bagged individually from Loch Arkaig.

Munros Sgurr na Ciche (1040m, Munro 92)
Garbh Cioch Mor (1013m Munro 116)
Sgurr nan Coireachan (953m Munro 212)
Sgurr Mor (1003m Munro 132)
Gairich (919m Munro 272)
Corbetts Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh* (835m)
Sgurr an Fhuarain (901m)
Fraoch Bheinn* (858m)
Sgurr Mhurlagain* (801m)
Ben Aden* (887m)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 3000m (9,850ft)
Distance       37km (23m)
Time walk : 14:30hr*, run : 8hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Loch Quoich Dam
(grid ref : NH067024)


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Sgurr na Ciche : 'peak of the breast'
Garbh Cioch Mor : 'big rough breast'
Sgurr nan Coireachan : 'peak of the coires'
Sgurr Mor : 'big peak'
Gairich : 'noisy hill'
Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh : 'peak of the speckled calf's cave'
Sgurr an Fhuarain : 'peak of the spring'
Fraoch Bheinn : 'heather mountain'
Sgurr Mhurlagain : 'peak of the inlet'
Ben Aden : 'hill of the face'

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Alternative routes »

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