5th – 6th June 2018 | 29th – 30th September 2018 | £60/person/day | Book Now
The Fannaichs are a fantastic high-level ridge of 9 Munros located in the county of Wester Ross, North-west Scotland. They are a varied group from rounded hills with grand corries, reminiscent of the eastern Highlands, to shapely, pointed peaks more akin to the rest of the North-west. For the most part this is a grassy ridge with a few rocky outcrops and once you are up on the ridge, it gives a fine high-level promenade only once dropping below the 700m contour. Situated on one of the narrowest parts of the Scottish mainland, on a clear day the ridge offers views both east to the Moray & Cromarty Firths and west to Fisherfield, Assynt and the west coast. This trip aims to climb all the Munros summits on the ridge over the course of a 2-day weekend.
The proposed itinerary for the trip is outlined below with brief descriptions of each of the walks.
DAY 1: EASTERN FANNAICHS
24.75km | 1435m | 9hrs (plus stops)
Summits: An Coileachan, Meall Gorm, Sgurr Mor, Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich
Start: Torrandhu Bridge, A835, near Loch Glascarnoch
A classic round of 4 Munros with a high level ridge walk over the highest peak in the Northern Highlands. Starting near Loch Glascarnoch, a long walk-in is rewarded with straightforward access to the high ground on An Coileachan, the most eastern summit in the range. From there it is an undulating walk westwards over the summit of Meall Gorm before a steep climb up the final cone of Sgurr Mor, the highest peak in the north. The descent takes a boulder-strewn ridge northwards to Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich, the day’s last Munro, then an easy ridge leads down towards the car and the end of the day.
DAY 2: WESTERN FANNAICHS
21.5km | 1845m | 8hrs (plus stops)
Summits: Meall a’ Chrasgiadh, Sgurr nan Clach Geala, Sgurr nan Each, Sgurr Breac, A’Cailleach.
Start: A832 at Loch a’ Bhraoin
The 5 Munros of the western Fannaichs make for a long, but rewarding day in the mountains and takes in arguably the best peak in the range, Sgurr nan Clach Geala. The walk-in is short before a steep climb to the rounded dome of Meall a’ Chrasgiadh, a great viewpoint west to An Teallach. After a quick descent the walk soon moves onto the spectacular NE Ridge of Sgurr nan Clach Geala and a fine ridgeline is followed all the way to Sgurr nan Each with spacious views down into the glacial trough of Coire Mor. It is a big descent from here to the lowest point on the ridge at around 500m but the height is soon regained and a pleasant ridge gives easy access to the westernmost Munros in the range. There are a few different options for the descent but all roads lead to the shores of Loch a’ Bhraoin from where a pleasant walk leads back to the road.