Am Bodach from above Kinlochleven

Am Bodach

Munro mountain in the Mamores range

Am Bodach is a rugged Munro peak near the centre of the Mamores range. There is rough terrain on most approaches, though tamed by fine stalker's paths.

Am Bodach

Meaningthe old man
ListsMunro, 100
LocationLoch Leven and Mamores, Loch Linnhie to Loch Ericht
Grid RefNN176651
Lat/Lon56.74174, -4.98369

Near the centre of the Mamores range, Am Bodach is a Munro peak with diverse characters. On its southern face uniformed slopes of mainly grass and heather contrast with the rocky buttresses on its eastern face, which in turn is unlike the scree and boulderfields on the north face. The two main approaches are up the long gently rising west shoulder, which is grass covered with occasional rocky encounters and the sharp east shoulder with loose rock - easier to go up than come down !

On its own, the most direct line of ascent up Am Bodach starts from the West Highland Way, west of Kinlochleven and follows a stalkers path twisting and turning its way up to the bealach between Am Bodach and Sgurr an Iubhair.

As Am Bodach sits between other Munro peaks, most people will opt to include some more summits in a day of hillwalking. The finest route taking in Am Bodach is the famed 'Ring of Steall', a classic ridge traverse in the centre of the Mamores range - a fabulous hillwalking route !

For fit hikers and hill-runners, here is also the option of bagging An Gearanach as part of a complete Mamores traverse (or even a longer Tranter's Round or Ramsay's Round).

Routes up Am Bodach

Ring of Steall hiking route

The middle section of the Mamores mountain range is often referred to as 'The Ring o' Steall'. Some easy rock-scrambling is enjoyed while bagging 4 Munros including Sgurr a' Mhaim and An Gearanach.

Peaks : 4 Munros

Ascent : 1750m (5740ft)
Distance : 15km (9m)
Time : 6:45hr

Mamores range hillwalking route

The Mamores is one of the finest mountain ranges in Scotland, with 10 Munro summits scattered over crests and ridges between Glen Nevis and Glencoe. This route bags them all in one outing !

Peaks : 10 Munros

Ascent : 3400m (11150ft)
Distance : 34km (21m)
Time : 14hr

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