Walk: Making music on Ben More Coigach

Highland | Coigach | Full day walk | ★★★★

[Looking north from Sgùrr an Fhìdleir]

The great wall of Garbh Choireachan is well seen from the main road north of Ullapool, creating a formidable barrier blocking direct access to the Coigach peninsula. After a tough initial ascent on pathless ground, traversing the western half of the ridge makes a fantastic, airy but surprisingly straightforward introduction to this unspoiled region, with the rocky route eventually broadening to the top of Ben More Coigach: the highest hill in the area. A grassy stroll north from here to Sgùrr an Fhìdleir (The Fiddler) belies the true character of this second summit: cliffs fall away almost vertically on three sides from the summit cairn, allowing an uninterrupted view of the Assynt hills. It's no exaggeration to say this may be the most jaw-dropping panorama anywhere in Scotland.

[Looking west along the Garbh Choireachan ridge]

📌 Walk: Making music on Ben More Coigach ★★★★
▶ 10 km / 6 miles | ▲ 870 metres
Summits: Ben More Coigach (743 metres, Graham); Sgùrr an Fhìdleir (705 metres, Graham) | Features: Garbh Choireachan ridge; Ben More Coigach Nature Reserve
Start / finish: Car park on minor road just west of Culnacraig, G.R.: NC 062042 ///film.dart.meanders

Route: Car park - continue straight ahead behind cottages at Culnacraig road end - cross Allt nan Coisiche at G.R.: NC 071037 - ascent west end of Garbh Choireachan - Garbh Choireachan ridge - Ben More Coigach - descend east then north to bealach - Sgùrr an Fhìdleir - start via direct path to southwest
Terrain: Varied on ascent: only occasional path and often steep gradients until ridge is gained, then clear path with some exposure (though little or no scrambling) to Ben More Coigach. Pathless section on easy ground to Sgùrr an Fhìdleir. Descent: pathless at first, but soon clear path with some boggy patches.
Wildlife today: Sheep and lambs, grasshoppers, dragonflies.
Weather today: Cotton wool clouds, good sunny periods, temperature in mid teens.

[Looking east along the Garbh Choireachan ridge]

Route map

Route credit: Walkhighlands

More photos

[The summit of Conmheall, seen from the start]

[Garbh Choireachan ridge seen from near the start]

[Following the Road to Culnacraig]

[Allt a' Choire Rèidh]

[The ascent has only an occasional path]

[Allt nan Coisiche]

[Ben More Coigach (left) & the Garbh Choireachan ridge]

[Good views back over the Summer Isles from the foot of the ridge]

[Looking up Loch Broom towards Ullapool from the Garbh Choireachan ridge]

[Garbh Choireachan ridge]

[Garbh Choireachan ridge]

[Approach to Ben More Coigach]

[Ben More Coigach]

[View east from Ben More Coigach]

[View back along the Garbh Choireachan ridge]

[Amazing Assynt from Ben More Coigach]

[Stac Pollaidh in between Sgùrr an Fhìdleir (left) & Beinn an Eòin (right)]

[Gentle ground between Ben More Coigach & Sgùrr an Fhìdleir]

 [Sgùrr an Fhìdleir]

[Into the void: looking north from Sgùrr an Fhìdleir]

[View northwest from  Sgùrr an Fhìdleir]

[View south to Ben More Coigach from  Sgùrr an Fhìdleir]

[View east from  Sgùrr an Fhìdleir]

[The descent is (mostly) easy going, with great views over the sea]


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