Walk: Wellington's Nose - not to be sneezed at

[Approach to Fuar Tholl]

Fuar Tholl (or Wellington's Nose) is a lowly Corbett jostling for space amongst the several higher hills surrounding Coire Làir. But don't judge this hill by height alone: its dramatic, craggy profile is riven by gullies, rock and ice climbing routes and amazing outcroppings such as Mainreachan Buttress. Views are tremendous throughout, from Beinn Liath Mor's shattered ridge to the north, to the graceful curves of Maol Chean-dearg in the west, and even Liathach's sawtooth ridge peeking over the top of Sgorr Ruadh from the summit. And not just hills - lovely Loch Carron gets a look in too, stretching away to the south-west. Save it for a good weather day: this hill seems to have a knack for retaining cloud even as higher surrounding summits clear, and missing out on these breathtaking panoramas would be a sob-worthy shame.

[Majestic Maol Chean-dearg dominates the western skyline from Creag Mainnrichean]

Name: Walk: Wellington's Nose - not to be sneezed at ★★★
Length: 14 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 890 metres
Main summits: Fuar Tholl (907 metres, Corbett)
Start / finish: Car park on A890 near Achnashellach Station, G.R.: NH 005484 / mountain squashes sulked

Route: Car park - Achnashellach Station - cross River Làir at NG 989502 - Bealach Mòr - Creag Mainnrichean - Mainreachan Buttress - Fuar Tholl - descend to Coire Mainnrichean - rejoin outward route to start
Terrain: Track then good paths to Bealach Mòr. Intermittent and very steep path up Creag Mainnrichean then easier walking to summit. Steep scree path for descent into Coire Mainnrichean. Crossing River Làir could be tricky in spate.
Wildlife today: Red deer above Coire Làir.
Weather today: Sunny with light winds, temperature in low teens.

[Liathach looking magnificent to the north]

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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