Glen Shiel Hills

“I remember when men were men and a day was 8 munros”. This is achievable on the long South Sheil ridge. This runs east–west linking the munros with relatively little drop between them, south of the A87 road as it descends from Cluanie to Sheil Bridge. To start the South Sheil ridge from the east you follow the old road to Tomdoun now disused as it was flooded when Loch Loyne was created. Viewed from the first summit, if the water level in this loch is very low, the old road bridge over the original river Loyne spookily appears. The South Sheil ridge also has many spurs running north to the main road and many excellent shorter routes can be made using these ridges. Two cars definitely help if the full ridge is attempted, a bicycle is not so good if the ridge is traversed from east to west as the cycle back to the start climbs continuously up 200m. At the west end of the South Sheil ridge and usually climbed separately the Forcan ridge to the Saddle give some pleasant airy scrambling.

To the north of the A87 the munros to the west are grouped into the five sisters of Kintail with the three brothers to east of them. They look impressively high from the road and one can look up and announce “I have just done the five sisters of Kintail and look forward to doing the brothers tomorrow”. The sisters can also be accessed from the backside using Glen Licht where a track runs from the good campsite ant Morvich and is a useful return route. Edinburgh University use Glen Licht house at the far end of the track as a climbing hut from where the brothers are best climbed.

Further to the east to the north of Cluanie Inn the munros are grouped on ridges which run north-south with Glen Affric youth hostel at the north end and Camban bothy not far away. There is a path through the glen to this hostel as well but it seems to disappear into a bog at the watershed.

Finally slightly to the north but also accessed from Morvich via good paths or from Glen Licht house is the big munro Ben Fhada which can be grouped with A Glass-bheinn for a good day.

MUNROS IN Glen Shiel Hills
A Chralaig
Aonach air Chrith
Aonach Meadhoin
Carn Ghluasaid
Ciste Dhubh
Creag a Mhaim
Creag nan Damh
Druim Shionnach
Maol Chinn dearg
Mullach Fraoch-choire
Sail Chaorainn (Sail Chaoruinn)
Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheirg
Sgurr an Doire Leathain
Sgurr an Lochain
Sgurr Fhuaran (Five Sisters Kintail)
Sgurr na Carnach (Five Sisters Kintail)
Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe (Five Sisters Kintail)
Sgurr na Sgine
Sgurr nan Conbhairean
The Saddle
Glen Shiel Hills Area Map
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