South Shiel Ridge Kintail
South Shiel ridge - Kintail
Glen Shiel is a glen in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. The glen runs approximately 9 miles from south-east to north-west, from the Cluanie Inn at the western end of Loch Cluanie and the start of Glenmoriston to sea level at the village of Shiel Bridge and Loch Duich. The northern side of the glen lies within the Kintail and Morvich estate owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The lower part of Glen Shiel, including both sides of the glen from the site of the Battle of Glen Shiel down to Dornie on the shores of Loch Duich, lies within the Kintail National Scenic Area, one of the forty national scenic areas in Scotland.
Glen Shiel is a glen in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. The glen runs approximately 9 miles from south-east to north-west, from the Cluanie Inn at the western end of Loch Cluanie and the start of Glenmoriston to sea level at the village of Shiel …
How to get there
Use the A87 from Inverness/ Fort William heading to Kyle of Lochalsh and it is at the westerly end of the loch. Just further along the road is the infamous Eilean Donan Castle
IV63 7YW and park by the loch on a dirt road
One of the classic ridge walks taking in 7 munros all in one day. You will need either two cars or a bike hidden at one end or check the local inter city bus time table.
The seven munros climbed are Creag a Mhaim 947m, Druim Shinnach 987m, Anonach air Chrith 1021m, Maol Chinn-dearg 981m, Sgurr an Dorie Leathain 1010m, Sgurr an Lochain 1004m and Creag nan Damh 918m.
24km and 1829m of ascent and will take apporx 10 hours to complete
The best way to enjoy the walk is to start near the Claunie inn and walk up the dirt road to Tomdoun and the eastern end of the ridge. Follow the road across the bridge and stream until you come to a cairn 1km after the bridge, that marks a stalkers path and a climb up the first munro of Creag a Mhaim. Some great views will now open and the view along the ridge is stunning.
Carry on along this path, The ridge is 11km long and the most strenuous part is now behind you. The ridge drops and narrows before you start the gentle climb to the second munro of the day. you can bypass the scramble with a path on the left. The next peak is about an hour away and 3km in distance. The summit of Aonach air Chrith @1021m is the higest point on the ridge. from here you can see the rest of your path.
From the summit and a very narrow section the grassy path returns and undulates over a few minor tops to get to the fourth munro Maol Chinn-Dearg . the path bypasses a minor peak of Sgurr Corie na Feinne. The fifth munro, Sgurr an Dorie Leathain, is further along the north east ridge and needs a detour to bag itbut you get a great view of your next munro. The climb up to Sgurr an Lochain is easy. enjoy the summit as you are almost done.
The next peak is Sgurr Beag and is a corbett but most walkers will take the well worn path on the left to bypass this peak and get to the lowest point on the walk at 729m and the bealach before the final climb to your last summit of Creag nan Damh. the last munro of the day and we are now tired but its still a 2hr walk out to the layby.
Continue along the ridge taking care at a scramble of 8m before being accompanied by a dry stone dyke to the belach Dubh Leac and a small cairn to mark the path f descent northwards. The stalkers path is faint and may disappear but small cairns mark the path home. the path winds downwards west side of Allt Corie Mhurlagin and will cross a footbridge at NG 970134 and onto the main road , the A87
Please check the weather forecast for the area and always take a map.
the Cluannie inn is a great place to stop and explore the area as well as enjoying a well deserved drink and great food