Suilven, Caisteal Liath

Iconic mountain in Assynt

Suilven is a spectacular mountain in the North-West Highlands. It is the most westerly peak in Assynt, and although of moderate height, its unique character dominates the surrounding area.


Meaningthe pillar, grey castle
ListsCorbett, 1049
LocationGlencanisp, Coigach and the far north
Grid RefNC153183
Lat/Lon58.11552, -5.13676

Seen from from the west and above the village of Lochinver Suilven appears domed in shape, it's summit Caisteal Liath giving rise to its other name, the 'Sugar Loaf'. Viewed from the north or south, Suilven appears much different, its long and narrow crest stretching from Caisteal Liath over three other peaks, including Meall Meadhonach and ending abruptly on Meall Beag.

Although Suilven can be approached from the east, the better tracks and paths arrive from the west. There are two main alternatives for a there-and-back route - from Glencanisp and Inverkirkaig. The Glencanisp option would allow for a bike to be used for more of the approach, but the finest route in my opinion would be to combine both into one long circular route.

Suilven's ridge requires a bit of hands-out-of-pockets on the crest to reach the summit Caisteal Liath and scrambling skills and a decent head for height to reach its other main summit, Meall Meadhonach at the opposite and of its ridge.

Routes up Suilven

Suilven circuit

A superb circular hillwalking route starting from near Lochinver and taking in the best of Suilven, the Falls of Kirkaig and their surrounding scenery.

Peaks : 1 Graham

Ascent : 1425m (4680ft)
Distance : 22km (14m)
Time : 7:50hr

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