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Caisteal Liath (Suilven)


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.
731 m (2398 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.
50 of 222 Grahams
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 Pillar

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
  15   Loch Assynt, Lochinver & Kylesku

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

Suilven's Caisteal Liath is an iconic peak rising prominently on all sides from the surrounding land which is perforated with many lochans.

The spectacular whale-back ridge of Suilven runs NW to SE with tops at either end separated by the Bealach Mor. The summit (Caisteal Liath) lies at the NW end of the ridge.

The usual point of access is from the NW near Canisp Lodge to the E of Lochinver.

Hazards you may encounter on Caisteal Liath include
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Narrow Ridges, with exposure.
 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
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Hope
by Metcheck
Caisteal Liath Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Caisteal Liath.

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 Routes that include Caisteal Liath

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Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Caisteal Liath

 Baggers Gallery for Caisteal Liath

Suilven from Glencanisp

© Oliver Bartrum

Image by Oliver Bartrum
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Peter Lang
wrote on
October 17, 2011
Circuit possible - Inverkirkaig approach took 3 hrs to foot of hill, initial good solid path to just before cut off corner to Fionn Loch (worth small detour to kirkkaig falls if water levels high), gaiters on from here and path still clear but very boggy in places. Easy ascent up rocky path took another hour to summit, superb views along ridge and sutherland surrounds. Descended North and surprised (but glad) to meet a vehicle track before the bridge and very good walking back to Lochinver - 7hr 30m all together including breaks. I was lucky 2 fit pals ran back to start point to pick up car.
Mike Watson
wrote on
September 8, 2010
Visited all the tops. The southern one requires one exposed move on good handholds. If you just want to bag the summit then its a walk.

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