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Sgurr na Lapaich & Carn nan Gobhar [Loch Mullardoch]
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
2017 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
17 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
67.14 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.

Longer route with steep slopes ascend and descend, so route time given here will be a minimum. These are remote mountains covered in crags, naviagte with care.

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: Inverness

From Inverness (A862) travel W to junction with the A831. Continue W on A831 to Struy, then take the minor road for Glen Strathfarrar and continue to the power station in Gleann Innis an Locheil.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 2,017 metres. Allow 17 hours to complete this 67.14 km route.

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 Struy on the A831
  NH40204041 Distance
55 m
Drive (not always possible), or cycle W to Gleann Innis an Loichel Power Station
NH18333816 Distance
26.45 km
220 m
Head WSW on track/path to junction
NH15933731 Distance
2.66 km
338 m
Bear SW over river and ascend to Loch Mor
NH15093586 Distance
2.31 km
630 m
Pass around west of loch and ascend SSE to col (825m)
NH15273447 Distance
1.60 km
825 m
Ascend NE to summit of Sgurr na Lapaich
NH16083511 Distance
1.11 km
1150 m
Descend E turning SE to bealach na Cloiche Duibhe
NH17153470 Distance
1.18 km
795 m
Ascend ESE to summit of Carn nan Gobhar
NH18203438 Distance
1.11 km
992 m
Head NE on moderate slopes to E of Garbh-choire
NH18663542 Distance
1.23 km
700 m
Continue descent N towards Carn na Saile Leithe
NH18333735 Distance
2.16 km
405 m
Descend through trees to track leading to Power Station, return to Struy
  NH40204041 Distance
27.33 km
55 m

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Rating & Reviews

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Written by GORDON HULL on 30 Apr 2007:
Gave it 4 stars because had to boulder up to top as path disapeared into bank of steep snow. Red deer everywhere so plenty of ticks to tweezer out.
Written by Julian Stark on 16 Aug 2005:
Did these total 4 with An Socach/An Riabhachan. Started at Mullardoch Dam and walked along north shore of Loch to bottom of Allt Socrach (lodge) then up SE ridge of An Socach. All the way along to Carn nan Gobhar and dropped off SSE to Mullach na Maoile and back down to shore side. Walk out was v pleasant mainly on path - but yet again not good on rubbish day. Found the rest OK and was 9 hours round but well knackered. Views to Torridon fantastic and hills v quiet. Saw someone getting a boat to far end of Loch - initially jealous but enjoyed the walk..
Written by Elliott Harbottle on 14 Apr 2004:
Didn't follow this route but went from the dam at Loch Mullardoch. Went up Coire an t sith and onto Carn nan Gobnar before ascending Sgurr na Lapaich before returning to the dam. Took 5hrs 30 mins and was fairly strenuous can't really comment on anything else as the weather was dreadful and after 650m up I only saw light grey!
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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