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A' Chralaig & Mullach Fraoch-choire
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
1154 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 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
13.28 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.

 Notes
Moderate route with steep slopes and a good 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: Shiel Bridge

From Shiel Bridge (A87) travel SW to point 2km east of Cluanie Inn, where path through An Caorann Mor starts.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,154 metres. Allow 5 hours to complete this 13.28 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 junction of track through An Caorann Mor and A87 road
  NH09191206 Distance
Altitude
225 m
1
Ascend NE on steep slopes to ridge
NH09821312 Distance
1.26 km
Altitude
785 m
2
Ascend N on ridge
NH09891425 Distance
1.14 km
Altitude
996 m
3
Continue NW to A' Chralaig summit
NH09401481 Distance
0.70 km
Altitude
1120 m
4
Continue N on winding ridge to col (945m)
NH09221601 Distance
1.33 km
Altitude
945 m
5
Ascend N to Stob Coire na Cralaig
NH09131631 Distance
0.32 km
Altitude
1008 m
6
Descend NE to col (950m)
NH09481651 Distance
0.42 km
Altitude
950 m
7
Follow ridge N to Mullach Fraoch Choire
NH09511718 Distance
0.70 km
Altitude
1102 m
8
Return S to 950m col
NH09481651 Distance
0.70 km
Altitude
950 m
9
Descend NW through Coire Odhar turning W to path
NH07841659 Distance
1.68 km
Altitude
410 m
10
Follow path S through An Caorann Mor to return to start
  NH09191206 Distance
5.00 km
Altitude
225 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

 Weather
North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ladhar Bheinn
by Metcheck
Images of A' Chralaig & Mullach Fraoch-choire
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.
16.9 km
Woodlands (self-catering)
by Shiel Bridge, Inverness-shire
82.4 km
Drumbeg, Coylumbridge
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
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Written by Peter Wood on 09 Jul 2007:
I did this route at the end of June 2007 in reverse ie climbing Mullach Froach Coire first via Coire Odhair. I would strongly recommend this approach as it is less steep and slippery than the direct approach up A'Chralaig. The pinnacles of the Mullach are exposed but the path is good.
 
Written by Craig Dunderdale on 10 Mar 2007:
I climbed this in October with some mates quite straightforward and enjoyable. The ascent up the 2nd peak is easier than it looks. We enjoyed continuing further North West to NH09096 17514 then heading South West into the beautifull Coire Odhar to the path and returning to the start.
 
Written by Julian Stark on 30 Apr 2006:
Under snow the ridge beyond Stob Coire na Cralaig is a little scary but passable with care. Good slide down Coire Odhar - and this exit gives a good round trip.
 
Written by Rob Jeffries on 07 Jun 2004:
No real difficulties encountered on the ridge, but yes indeed it would be a different matter in winter.
 
Written by Geo Ferguson on 17 Mar 2003:
Superb route but the pinnacles of Mullach Fraoch-choire require careful negotiation, especially in winter conditions.
 
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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