Walk: Rois-bheinn carousel

[Doing the horseshoe clockwise saves the best views - from An Stac - until last]

Rois-bheinn (Mountain of horses) is the joint-highest hill in Moidart, overlooking the Sound of Arisaig with superb views towards the Small Isles across the shimmering sea. Three Corbett summits cluster conveniently close together on the latter stages of this horseshoe route from Lochailort, but the whopping 1600 metres of total ascent mean the stunning panoramas, apparently abundant wildlife and ticked boxes really have to be earned. Excellent broad ridge walking characterises the middle of the day, following a particularly brutal, pathless ascent to gain the start of the ridge. Worth every painful step on a clear day.

[Looking along the Druim Fiaclach ridge with all three Corbetts in view beyond]

Name: Walk: Rois-bheinn carousel ★★☆
Length: 19 km / 12 miles
Ascent: 1600 metres
Main summits: Druim Fiaclach (869 metres); Sgùrr na Bà Glaise (874 metres, Corbett); Rois-bheinn (882 metres, Corbett); An Stac (814 metres, Corbett)
Start / finish: Space for a couple of cars at minor road junction on A861 a mile south of Lochailort station, G.R.: NM 765817 / hawks prefer ambition

Route: Start - leave track at NM 769817 - path to south of Tom Odhar - rejoin track at NM 776816 - cross Allt a' Bhuiridh at NM 779814 - Meall Damh -  Druim Fiaclach, skirting Beinn Coire nan Gall en route - An t-Slat-bheinn - Sgùrr na Bà Glaise - Rois-bheinn (east and west tops) - follow wall to base of An Stac - An Stac - bealach between An Stac & Seann Chruach - Allt a' Bhuiridh - start via track round north side of Tom Odhar
Terrain: Pathless ascent to Meall Damh and only occasional, faint paths high up. Choice of routes around Tom Odhar at start / end: boggy path over bealach to south, or longer but good track to north. Wet ATV tracks along Allt a' Bhuiridh higher up on descent; good track lower down. Lots of steep ascents and descents, although hands shouldn't be needed.
Wildlife today: Cuckoos heard, dragonflies and sheep lower down. Higher up: numerous frogs, solitary red deer, just the odd midge and lots of annoying daddy long legs.
Weather today: Hazy sunshine through thin cloud, gentle breeze particularly in the afternoon. Temperature around 20°C at finish.

[The track for the home straight seems like a real luxury after so much pathless ground]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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