Liathach is arguably one of Scotland’s best Munros and certainly one of the most well known. It has an 8km long ridge running SW to NE. The summits on either end are both listed as Munros; Mullach an Rathain in the SW and Spidean Choire Liath in the NE. From the south at Glen Torridon Liathach is a formidable looking mountain with no obvious routes of ascent. The southern faces are covered in terraces of Torridonian sandstone with its unique red colouring
The summit ridge houses a series of pinnacles around the subsidiary top of Am Fasarinen. These require mild scrambling skills to cross, there is a path that skirts the pinnacles but it is still exposed. Like a lot of the Torridon hills the northern slopes are corrie bitten for the entire length of the ridge, Coire na Caime is the most profound and is a fine site from the north.
The ridge is more often than not done E – W finishing on Mullach an Rathain. From Glen Cottage just off the A896 there is access to the south face of Spidean a Choire Liath via Toll a' Meitheach. This is a steep haul up but you will have plenty or adrenalin from the surrounding views to spur you on. There are descent routes off Mullach an Rathain at the other end by the way of its south face. This is a steep path with plenty of scree and crags, care must be taken when going down.
If time permits a good inclusion to the route is to visit Stuc a Choire Dhuibh Bhig which lies to the east of Spidean a Choire Liath. This is the furthest most east point on the summit ridge and makes a fine vantage point to view the backbone of Beinn Eighe.
Liathach is one of the best ridge walks Scotland has to offer and it should definitely be left for a clear day to get the full benefit, you will not be left disappointed.