Monday 16th September 2019
£75/person | Book Now | Places Available
STATS: 21km | 1260m ascent | 8-9hrs
START: Layby beside the A838, 1.5km north of Achfary (GR: NC296401)
Foinaven is one of the great ridges of far north Scotland. It is more a mountain range than a single peak and towers over the surrounding summits almost to Munro height.
The walk will commence from Achfary, a lonely spot on the road from Lairg to Laxford Bridge. A track is followed in past the old cottage at Lone and through a curious split boulder that guards the entrance to the hills. After a steady climb the ridge begins quite suddenly and becomes an enthralling up and down over many quartzite clad tops with views down into glacier sculpted corries. The summit, Ganu Mor, is near the far end of the ridge and is a surprisingly spacious spot to survey the surroundings. One final top is crossed before descending down and picking up the road near Gualin House.
The maximum guide to client ratio on this event will be 1:6.
Experience & Equipment:
This will be a full day out in the mountains along a fairly narrow ridge with rough, rocky going underfoot requiring some care and a good level of fitness. There are a few sections where hands may be required but not enough to constitute proper scrambling; this is predominantly a high-level walk. Some previous hillwalking experience would be desirable.
You will need to bring general hillwalking kit appropriate to the time of year as well as food and drink. A full kit list is available here.
Getting There & Where to Stay:
The suggested base for this trip is the village of Lairg. Situated in central Sutherland, it is perfectly placed in the centre of the hills of the far north. The village itself is served with hotel, B&B and self-catering accomodation, a campsite, and basic services and can be reached by public transport using the scenic northern line or by road from Inverness. Kinlochbervie, Durness or Scourie are also good locations for this particular walk. The Visit Scotland website provides further details.