Walk: Conival & Ben More - to the top of Assynt
|[Ridge to Ben More Assynt]|
Hidden away behind the scree-ridden bulk of Conival, Ben More is the highest hill in Assynt. The two hills are the region's only two Munros, topping out just shy of 1,000 metres above sea level. This surprisingly tough route packs in a lot of variety, with a wonderfully scenic approach along the River Traligill enhanced by a short detour to the limestone Traligill Caves. The real highlight isn't seen until later: the enticing, rocky ridge joining the two peaks. Loose rock and rough boulderfields mean slow going, but the fantastic views are ample reward. Even better: as a there-and-back outing, you get to do it all twice...
|[The path along the River Traligill is very scenic, though with the odd boggy or scrambly section]|
Name: Walk: Conival & Ben More - to the top of Assynt ★★★★☆
Length: 17 km / 11 miles
Ascent: 1490 metres
Main summits: Conival (987 metres, Munro); Ben More Assynt (998 metres, Munro)
Points of interest: River Traligill; Traligill Caves
Start / finish: Car park on A837 at Inchnadamph Hotel, G.R.: NC 251216 ///awards.chatted.captions
Route: Car park - cross River Traligill - Glenbain - Traligill Caves (lower & upper) - cut across to join main path on north side of river - bealach between Conival & Beinn an Fhurain - Conival - Ben More Assynt - return by outward route (without detour to caves)
Terrain: Mostly good paths through the glen and to caves. Pathless shortcut with usually easy burn crossing after caves - beware possible potholes. After leaving the glen the route is rocky and eroded with some bog lower down and a couple of easy scrambles higher up. Path is clear except where occasionally lost amongst boulders high up.
Wildlife today: Red deer on Conival; lots of frogs.
Weather today: Sunny intervals, especially in the morning; feeling warm early on but a chilly breeze on the tops.
|[Looking back to Beinn an Fhurain from the ascent of Conival]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track
|[Approaching the lowest of the Traligill Caves]|
|[The first cave - the River Traligill flows underground from here onwards]|
|[View down the dry riverbed from the first cave]|
|[Uamh an Tartair (Cave of the Roaring)]|
|[Uamh an Uisge (Cave of the Water)]|
|[View down the valley from Uamh an Uisge]|
|[Pothole above Uamh an Tartair]|
|[Path through the upper glen]|
|[Conival dominating the views ahead]|
|[The path becomes rough as it climbs out of the glen, but with great views back towards Canisp (centre)]|
|[Approaching the rock band just before the bealach between Conival and Beinn an Fhurain]|
|[There are a couple of scrambly routes up the rock band - this is the slightly trickier, right hand path]|
|[Red deer with the ridge to Ben More Assynt behind]|
|[Looking back down Conival's north-west ridge, Loch Assynt behind]|
|[View south from the summit of Conival]|
|[View east towards Loch Shin from Ben More Assynt]|
|[Conival in evening sunlight, seen from Inchnadamph]|