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A' Mhaighdean


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
967 m (3172 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
187 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
The maiden

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  19   Gairloch & Ullapool, Loch Maree

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

A' Mhaighdean is very remote mountain with a craggy top at the head of Lochan Fada. It is connected to Ruadh Stac Mor at a high col (750m). To the SE A' Maighdean slopes down to a broad bealach separating it from Beinn Tarsuinn. With the exception of the crags of Stac a' Chaorruinn these slopes are easy to moderate but do not lead to an access path.

All other slopes are steep and craggy but there are two main ascent routes. First a stalkers path leads from Fuar Loch Mor to the 750m col . Second, a route can be found from Fuar Loch Beag through the crags and along the crest of the NW ridge to the summit.

Hazards you may encounter on A' Mhaighdean include
 Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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North West Highlands
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include A' Mhaighdean.

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 Routes that include A' Mhaighdean
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1678 m 44.06 km 12 hrs A' Mhaighdean and Ruadh Stac Mor  Long strenuous route to two remote craggy mountains. There are routes between the crags so the need for scrambling is reduced. Cycling will shorten the time, but still a very long day.  

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Summit of A' Mhaighdean, 5/6...Karl's 100th Munro, well done!...3,6,12.

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

summit of A' Maighdean 5th june 2011

© Neil Henderson

Image by Neil Henderson

Myself and Ronnie on the summit of A' Mhaighdean after a night in Carnmore bothy.

© Mike Reynolds

Image by Mike Reynolds

Lynda at the summit of A' Maighdean (14th May 2011) Rhuadh Stac Mor behind disappearing rapidly, and about to be hit by ferocious hail storm on descent.

© Lynda Langlands

Image by Lynda Langlands
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Patricia Richards
wrote on
September 8, 2007
We done this route in June 2007, our second attempt. A perfect day. We cycled in to Kernsary making it a lot easier than the first time. Everywhere was dry so crossing the stream flowing out of Fuar Loch Beag was easy. On our first attempt we couldn't get across.The climb up A'Mhaighdean's north west ridge is brill, which you don't see on any other route. Fantastic day.
Matt Garrard
wrote on
June 27, 2005
I've yet to find a better view than this!!! For the best day out, walk into Shenavall and then traverse all six munros in one go - very satisfying
Andy Johns
wrote on
October 28, 2004
After walking in from near Shenaval and camping 1km North of the summit (by Fuar Loch Beag) this was the first summit of an epic 12 hour Fisherfield day. A'Mhaighdean might have the best views in Scotland, but we saw just cloud all day long. Not sure that it stopped raining all day long for that matter. Thank goodness for Sail Mhor Croft - the bunkhose by Dundonnell where we spent the evening comparing blisters.
Eric Fisher
wrote on
April 11, 2004
The path from Poolewe to Cairnmore starting just beyond the Caravan site has become badly eroded and boggy in parts and is not recommended. I suggest you use the easier going estate track to Kensary House starting from the Car Park beside the bridge at Poolewe.
Gerry Fisher
wrote on
April 5, 2002
Make no bones about it, this is hard going and I tnink it takes more than time stated. A night in the bothy or a tent is a must as far as I am concerned. Many many thanks to the those who laid and maintain the track and my wee brother Jim for getting me there and back. Phew! It is a special part of the Scotland. Worth the effort needed. Gerry Fisher - no relation to Eric Fisher

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