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Am Faochagach
Quick Facts
This is the summed total of all the climbing within a route and is a good indicator of the strenuousness of a route.
Total Ascent
895 m

An estimate of the time taken based on a derivation of Naismiths rules. Our calculation is based on the horizontal and ascent components of a climb, we do not make a reduction for descent.

Registered users can customise these walking times by specifying their own walking and ascending speeds. They can also add a fixed time period for stoppages.

Route Time
6.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
24.07 km

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A brief summary of this route.

Our summary will always contain one of easy, moderate or hard to indicate the severity of the route.

A long but easy route after the initial steep climb.

Here we provide the nearest town to the start of the route where you will find basic services.

We then give directions from that location to the route start. Your approach route may differ.

 Travel Information

Head to: Ullapool

From Ullapool (A835) travel SE then SSE to dam at E end of Loch Glascarnoch.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 895 metres. Allow 6.5 hours to complete this 24.07 km route.

In winter months please check the local snow conditions at sais.gov.uk.

The hillphones service can inform you of stalking activities in the area.

Usually the shortest way to climb the mountain, making best use of tracks and paths to gain altitude. Route navigation requires map reading skills and an ability to navigate with a compass.

The information given here will enable you to annotate your map and plan your route. We do not give anecdotal descriptions on where to find the paths, worn by the feet of previous mountaineers.

Where the access routes are few or the ridge is narrow, paths are generally obvious. On open ground, following paths without using your compass may get you lost in poor visibility.

 Route Information
Waypoint Detail
  Start from carpark on A835 road at east end of Loch Glascarnoch
  NH34467041 Distance
255 m
Head NNE along end of Loch Glascarnoch
NH34687092 Distance
0.56 km
244 m
Follow track NW along the north shore
NH32167253 Distance
3.11 km
280 m
Ascend NNE turning NNW to join track on Tom Ban Mor
NH31977533 Distance
3.02 km
742 m
Follow track NNW to Creag Rainich
NH31777594 Distance
0.71 km
710 m
Continue WNW towards Sron Liath
NH30617633 Distance
1.20 km
750 m
Continue NW to minor top (845m)
NH29977806 Distance
2.01 km
845 m
Head NNE onto ridge
NH30087894 Distance
0.93 km
900 m
Follow ridge NE to summit of Am Faochagach
NH30367938 Distance
0.49 km
953 m
Reverse route to return
  NH34387049 Distance
12.04 km
255 m

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Rating & Reviews

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Written by Jonathan Small on 29 Aug 2012:
I'd recommend this route, but if possible use a bike to get to the road end on the N shore of Loch Glascarnoch. It's 7 km extra walking otherwise. From the pumping station it is a bit boggy and rough for a short while, with peat hags in the corrie above Tom Ban Beag, but patience brings you to Tom Ban Mor and after that it is a lovely high-level hike surrounded by fabulous views. The summit is well into the remote interior with views to match. If possible pick a good day for sun/cloud shadows and good light to see the Beinn Dearg massif at its very best.
Written by Craig Dunderdale on 30 Dec 2007:
As per route, don't do what I did which is veer more towards nan Laogh, it looks easier but it isn't and just adds an extra 2 km to your day. I used a bike and did it in very wet weather and high winds in 5hrs 5mins
Written by Chris Bowles on 13 Oct 2006:
One can also climb this hill from the south starting at Black Bridge which avoids the bogs and rivers. A very good private road leads to Loch Vaich (6km) which can definately be cycled as it is predominantly flat. Continue along the shore of the loch for about 1km until the Altt Glas Toll Mor is reached from which you can strike up beside it, up heather clad slopes. There is a path of sorts! When flatter ground is reached one can take the ridge north of the river which leads over the top Meall Gorm all the way to the summit of Am Faochagach, I returned the same way. Route took about 5.5 hours.
Written by Terry Thomson on 15 Oct 2002:
Fine views over the Fannichs & Ullapool Hills when the cloud cover broke. A couple of peat bogs to circumnavigate en-route, otherwise a long, but straight forward route. There is a shorter route from the western end of Loch Glascarnoch, but not so rewarding
Disclaimer. The details provided above are an aid to planning an expedition, but all distances, altitudes and bearings must be considered approximate. You must navigate with the appropriate map, a compass, your navigation skills and common sense, MunroMagic.com accept no responsibility for your interpretation of our route information.
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