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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
1200 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
5.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
17.68 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 moderate route with the finest views of Loch Maree.

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: Kinlochewe

From Kinlochewe (A832) travel E 1km to Incheril. Turn N on minor road then NW to farm. NB. Very little parking available.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,200 metres. Allow 5.5 hours to complete this 17.68 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 NE of Inchreril
  NH03866241 Distance
45 m
Follow path NW to Junction at crossing of Abhainn an Fhasaigh
NH01186571 Distance
4.64 km
45 m
Ascend NE on path
NH01786625 Distance
0.82 km
130 m
Leave path and ascend N to Meall Each
NH01946746 Distance
1.26 km
510 m
Pass NW around Sgurr Dubh into Coire na Sleaghaich and ascend WSW onto col (675m)
NH01166769 Distance
0.98 km
675 m
Head NNW past lochans and climb to summit of Slioch
NH00456908 Distance
1.67 km
981 m
Descend E to summit of Sgurr an Tuill Bhain
NH01846887 Distance
1.42 km
934 m
Descend SE then S into Coire na Sleaghaich to rejoin ascent route on Meall Each
  NH03866241 Distance
6.89 km
45 m

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North West Highlands
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
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Written by John Gilchrist on 17 Jun 2008:
This took me a full eight hours - so the 5.5 hours seems something of a sprint. The direct descent from Sgurr an Tuill Bhain is through some pretty awful loose scree. However, on the way up through the Coire at Stage 4, you will be better able to plan your descent. From here you can see a fairly obvious grassy rake dropping down from the east ridge that avoids the worst of the scree.
Written by Les Roberts on 18 Oct 2007:
Did it on a mild October day with a variable cloud base. Fortunately it cleared at key moments, got a tremendous view down Loch Maree from Slioch and also a great view of Lochan Fada from Sgurr an Tuill Bhain.
Written by Mike Watson on 18 Sep 2006:
Easy walking on obvious paths. A really nice walk in along forrested river banks. Stunning views from the summit which really make this walk stand out. Saw a herd of goat near the summit.
Written by Rob Jeffries on 31 Jul 2002:
A nice walk in and out by the Loch. There were plenty of deer and Ptarmigan (August 2001) in the corrie.
Written by Lindsay Hemmings on 04 Jun 2002:
There is now a car park so plenty of parking space! After traversing over the two tops of the same height on Slioch we came back over Sgurr an Tuill Bhain, which added to the excitement of the route as it has a narrow traverse and good views. It also adds extra ascent and time to that described but was well worth it. It took us 7hrs which included about 30mins rest and admiring the views and, as we passed plenty of other people, were not slow going so I think 6hrs is pushing it a bit (unless you don't like looking at the views!)
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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