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Nevis Hillwalking Club
Saturday 24 th July – The South Glen Shiel Ridge
Creag a’ Mhaim (947m, Munro) – rock of the large rounded hill
Druim Shionach (987m, Munro) – ridge of foxes
Aonach air Chrith (1021m, Munro) – ridge of trembling
Maol Chinn-dearg (981m, Munro) – bald red head
Sgurr an Doire Leathain (1010m, Munro) – peak of the broad oak grove
Sgurr an Lochain (1004m, Munro) – peak of the little loch
Creag nan Damh (918m, Munro) – rock of the stags
The traverse of all seven Munros on the South Glen Shiel Ridge is a challenging day out, last done by the Club on 18th June 2016.
However, there are about a dozen subsidiary ridges leading N down into Glen Shiel, some of which bear good stalkers’ paths. Any of these are suitable as escape or access
routes when one feels that fewer Munros would make an adequate day’s walk.
Druim Thollaidh or neighbouring Druim Coire nan Eirecheanach next E, conveniently divides the main ridge into two separate expeditions, which are described as alternative routes below*/ **.
Start just E of the Cluanie Inn at the junction of the old road to Tomdoun and the A82, where limited parking is available, NH078117. Additional parking may be found at the Cluanie Inn. Head S on the old road and follow it for 6km until past its highest point. Turn S onto a stalkers’ path at NH101071.
Follow this turning NW up the ridge to the summit of Creag a’ Mhaim. Descend NW and follow the narrow ridge to Druim Shionnach. Descend W and hold to the crest of the main ridge for 2.5km, curving NW up to the summit of Aonach air Chrith. Descend SW and continue on the ridge, curving W, then NW up to the summit of Maol Chinn-dearg* after 2km. Descend NW, curving N across a col and up to the Corbett Top summit of Sgurr Coire na Feinne, 902m. ** Descend W.
A fenceline ex may be found and followed W to a col, 821m ex , then WNW up to a high point by a tiny lochan ex , NH014 61 097 06 . The summit of Sgurr an Doire Leathain lies on a spur from the main ridge, 204m on a bearing of 020 0 G. Return to the fenceline ex and follow it down NW across a bealach and up to the summit of Sgurr an Locahain. Descend NW then up and over Sgurr Beag, 896m, turning W down to
the Bealach Fraoch Choire ex , 729m ex . Continue W following the fenceline ex if visibility is poor, until the ground steepens and narrows to a ridge. Climb this to the summit of Creag nan Damh. Descend NE, maintaining this course to reach the footpath at a confluence of burns in lower Fraoch-choire.
Follow the path lr out to the A87 road bridge over the River Shiel. Transport required, parking available in the vicinity of the bridge. *The E section of the SGS Ridge makes a great day out without the consistent pressure required to complete the whole ridge in one day. Proceed as above to the summit of Maol Chinn-dearg. Descend NE and follow the Druim Coire nan Eirecheanach down to join the stalkers’path. Follow this to the A87. Transport required from layby at NH043 87 114 93 .
Alternatively walk back E to the start along the A87 and the adjacent Old Military Road, 4km.
**The W section of the SGS Ridge also makes a great day out in its own right. Start from the layby on the A87 at NH043 87 114 93 . Locate the start of the stalkers’ path 90m SE on the opposite side of the road and follow it to the junction at the ford. Take the W fork and follow it up towards Druim Thollaidh. The path fizzles out as the ground steepens and narrows to a ridge. Continue up to the summit of Sgurr Coire na Feinne, 902m. From here on, follow the main route as described above**.
24km, 1802m ascent
*17km, 1197m ascent
**12km, 1210m ascent
Pic: Nevis Hillwalking Club