Liathach in Torridon

Routes to the Munros Spidean a'Choire Leith & Mullach an Rathain

Liathach, "the Grey One", is situated in the heart of the Torridon. It is a dramatic looking mountain made of terraced sandstone, above which the highest peaks are topped with quartzite blocks. Forboding on first aquantiance, there are however some chinks in Liathach's armour which has allowed rough but loose routes to develop over time.

Main route summary

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
The route up Liathach described below heads in from the south on the A896, with starting and finishing points 2km apart. Some easy scrambling is to be enjoyed over the exposed Am Fasarinen Pinnacles between the Munros. There is a by-pass path recommended in poor conditions, but this is quite exposed in some bits and errosion has worn the path away in some sections making it crossable only with care.

For "top-baggers", things become significantly more testing as one summit, Meall Dearg, is reputed to be the most difficult 3000ft peak on the British mainland, accessed via a ridge called the "Northern Pinnacles".

Munros Spidean a'Choire Leith (1055m, Munro 75)
Mullach an Rathain (1023m, Munro 108)
Ascent 1280m (4,200ft)
Distance       6km (4m)
Time walk : 3:40hr*, run : 2:45hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start   4km east of Torridon Village
(grid ref : NG936566)

Finish   1km east of Torridon Village
(grid ref : NG915554)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Liathach : 'the grey one'
Spidean a'Choire Leith : 'peak of the grey corrie'
Mullach an Rathain : 'summit of row of pinnacles'

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