Munro peak above Glen Shiel

In Kintail and situated on the ridge running above the northern side of Glen Shiel, the grass-covered south-facing slopes of Saileag rise in a continuous sweep above forestry.


Meaninglittle heel
ListsMunro, 205
LocationKintail's Brothers, Glen Affric to Glen Shiel
Grid RefNH018148
Lat/Lon57.18113, -5.2817

Saileag is the most westerly Munro peak in Kintail's Brothers standing on a junction on the ridge above Glen Shiel. Its south facing slopes rise uniformly from forestry in the glen, whereas its northern face is more rugged with a long spur reaching towards hidden Gleann Lichd.

The most direct route up Saileag begins from Glen Shiel around 8km west of Clunaie Inn, where an obvious worn path strikes directly up the side of forestry towards Bealach an Lapain, the col west of the mountain's summit. A longer approach heads in from Gleann Lichd.

With being just one of the Munro summits on Kintail's Brothers, Saileag is most likely to be bagged on a route also taking in some other summits on the ridge above Glen Shiel. Once up onto this ridge, paths are easily traced along mountain crests with just a few little spots involving some simple scrambling.

Routes up Saileag

Brothers of Kintail

Above the western end of Loch Cluanie, well defined paths travel along mountain crests to the top of four Munros, of which Sgurr a' Bhealaich Dheirg is the highest. Some cracking views from the summits.

Peaks : 4 Munros, 1 Corbett

Ascent : 1650m (5410ft)
Distance : 16km (10m)
Time : 6:45hr

Kintail's Big 9

On the road to Skye, the peaks of Kintail rise steeply above Glen Shiel. The hidden north-facing side of this range drops even more dramatically down into Gleann Lichd below the mass of Beinn Fhada. All of the Munros in this area can be bagged on one epic circular hillwalking route, with the option of an overnight in a lonely bothy.

Peaks : 9 Munros

Ascent : 4115m (13500ft)
Distance : 41km (25m)
Time : 17:5hr

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