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Sgurr nan Conbhairean, Sail Chaorainn & Carn Ghluasaid
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
1470 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 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
16.72 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.

Moderate route with steep slopes and rocky ridges on the north side of Glen Shiel.

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: Shiel Bridge

From Shiel Bridge (A87) travel SE to Lundie on the north shore of Loch Cluanie.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,470 metres. Allow 6 hours to complete this 16.72 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 layby on A87 at Lundie on the north shore of Loch Cluanie
  NH14411033 Distance
230 m
Walk W on old military road junction with path
NH13741024 Distance
0.77 km
315 m
Take N branch of path and ascend An Cruachan
NH13511092 Distance
1.09 km
440 m
Continue ascending N
NH13671203 Distance
1.57 km
742 m
On reaching the ridge bear NE to Carn Ghluasaid summit
NH14591250 Distance
1.04 km
957 m
Head W to the ridge start
NH14321246 Distance
0.27 km
936 m
Follow ridge NW
NH13711287 Distance
0.75 km
901 m
Bear N to unnamed top (998m)
NH13721315 Distance
0.27 km
998 m
Continue W on ridge
NH13271315 Distance
0.45 km
976 m
Continue NW to Glas Bealach
NH12981333 Distance
0.34 km
985 m
Ascend NW avoiding crags to the N
NH12831367 Distance
0.40 km
998 m
Bear NE to Sgurr nan Conbhairean
NH13001388 Distance
0.26 km
1109 m
Continue NW avoiding corrie to the North
NH12861403 Distance
0.22 km
1055 m
Continue N along ridge
NH12921477 Distance
0.76 km
913 m
Head NNE to Sail Chaorainn
NH13321545 Distance
0.80 km
1002 m
Return SSW to the ridge
NH12921477 Distance
0.80 km
913 m
Follow ridge S
NH12861403 Distance
0.76 km
1055 m
Bear SE to gain ridge
NH12691378 Distance
0.29 km
1020 m
Descend SW to Drochaid an Tull Easaich
NH12091342 Distance
0.72 km
1001 m
Descend S to Meall Breac
NH12081174 Distance
1.75 km
665 m
Head SE to join path
NH12751096 Distance
1.14 km
350 m
Descend S to junction
NH12731065 Distance
0.45 km
254 m
Walk E on old military road to return to Lundie
  NH14411033 Distance
1.82 km
230 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 Sgurr nan Conbhairean, Sail Chaorainn & Carn Ghluasaid
Route Area Map
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 Where to Stay
Results by distance 'as the crow flies' from the route start.
Please check the provision of roads in the area.
22.4 km
Woodlands (self-catering)
by Shiel Bridge, Inverness-shire
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Rating & Reviews

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Written by Craig Dunderdale on 05 May 2007:
Excellent straightforward route with obvious paths. After the 3rd Munro head south until about 975m contour across the scree field and save yourself from needless climbing.
Written by Rob Jeffries on 07 Jun 2004:
To do the top that lies north of Sail Chaorainn adds a further hour to the route.
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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