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Am Bathach
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
685 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
3.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
9.24 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.

Short easy ascent and short ridge walk.

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: Cluanie Inn, Glen Sheil

From the Cluanie Inn, Glen Sheil, travel E 1300m to bridge over Allt a' Chaorainn Mhor.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 685 metres. Allow 3.5 hours to complete this 9.24 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 bridge over Allt a' Chaorainn Mhoir
  NH08961211 Distance
226 m
Ascend NW by E margin of trees onto ridge
NH08431263 Distance
0.74 km
388 m
Continue NW onto crest of ridge
NH07891318 Distance
0.80 km
640 m
Head NNW to minor top (734m)
NH07731366 Distance
0.53 km
734 m
Follow narrow ridge NNW to summit of Am Bathach
NH07321433 Distance
0.82 km
798 m
Descend NW to Bealach
NH06381477 Distance
1.02 km
556 m
Descend ENE to lochan
NH07531520 Distance
1.33 km
357 m
Continue ESE to track
NH07931505 Distance
0.46 km
355 m
Head SSE on track through An Caorann Mor to rejoin road
  NH08961211 Distance
3.54 km
226 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ladhar Bheinn
by Metcheck
Images of Am Bathach
Route Area Map
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
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Written by Chris Bowles on 03 Jan 2008:
An excellent short route, without rushing and spending a while absorbing the views I was still only 2 hours from start to finish. Decided to do an out and back route along a fine, undulating grassy ridge. The peak is situated in a brilliant position offering tremendous views of the neighbouring peaks and over to Glen Affric. Would make a fine start if one was intent on climbing Ciste Dubh.
Written by David S Brown on 22 Sep 2006:
Did this with Ciste Dhubh on a wet and wild-windy August day, because it was clear of cloud when all the surrounding munros were for most of the time fog-bound; and I had a great day out when hardly anyone was on the mountains (saw nobody). The ascent track was mostly clear to follow. Lovely ridge walk with views down to valley bottom both sides. At waypoint 6 I continued NW, did Ciste Dhubh then descended E off An Cnapaich regaining track N of waypoint 7. The An Caorann Mor vehicle track is NOT one for cycling: strictly 4WD. N of the waypoint the track was exceptionally boggy.
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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