Walk: Sgurr nan Clach Geala - Fannichs at their finest

Highland | Fannichs | Full day walk | ★★★★

[Sgùrr nan Clach Geala from Sgùrr nan Each]

For an exhilarating sense of open space and big sky views, there's perhaps nowhere better to be than this airy spot at the heart of the Fannichs range south of Ullapool. Three Munros lie north to south along a sinuous ridge, with grassy slopes on the west side but majestic cliffs to the east. The rest of the Fannichs are all in view at these two compass points, with flatter land in other directions interrupted by the rocky massifs of An Teallach and the Torridon Hills. Paths along the tops and stalking routes in the glens make for generally good going, though pathless ascents and descents are necessary at the start and end of the ridge. The whole circuit makes for a truly excellent, satisfying hill day.

[View across to lofty Sgùrr Mòr from Sgùrr nan Clach Geala]

📌 Walk: Sgurr nan Clach Geala - Fannichs at their finest ★★★★
Start / finish at layby on A832 3 mi west of A832 junction, Braemore, G.R.: NH 161761 ///starlight.string.places

▶ 18 km / 11 mi | ▲ 1100 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: Loch a' Bhraoin; △ Sgùrr nan Each (922 m, Munro); △ Sgùrr nan Clach Geala (1093 m, Munro); △ Meall a' Chrasgaidh (934 m, Munro)
Terrain: Fairly good path for approach through glen, some boggy patches, then steep and pathless ascent to Cadha na Guite. Ridge mostly has a path, before pathless and very steep descent on grass and heather. Final ATV track is faint and boggy in places. Burn crossing near start may be inadvisable after rain - alternatively use return route vehicle bridge as shown on map.

Route & map

Car park - cross footbridge at Loch a' Bhraioin outflow - ford burn at G.R.: NH 161741 - bealach at G.R.: NH 175706 by glen path - Cadha na Guite - Sgùrr nan Each - return to Cadha na Guite - Sgùrr nan Clach Geala - Meall a' Chrasgaidh - descend to west - join ATV track near glen floor - cross vehicle bridge at G.R.: NH 163748 - rejoin outward route at Loch a' Bhraioin - start

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Ptarmigan and frogs on Sgùrr nan Clach Geala. Fish in the burns; small birds.
Weather: Unbroken sunshine to start, a few clouds popping up. 20°C at glen level, moderate breeze.

Chronological photo guide

[Enjoy this early patch of shade on a hot day - there's precious little beyond]

[Bridge over the outflow of Loch a' Bhraoin]

[Loch a' Bhraoin]

[Path above Loch a' Bhraoin]

[Allt Breabaig]

[Allt Breabaig with Meall a' Chrasgaidh (left) & Sgùrr nan Clach Geala (right)]

[Fording the Allt Breabaig could be tricky after rain]

[It's a long approach route along the glen of the Allt Breabaig]

[Pathless ascent to Cadha na Guite - aim for the left of the small crags]

[Sgùrr Breac]

[Ridge ascent to Sgùrr nan Each]

[View down the Allt Leac a' Bhealaich from Sgùrr nan Each]

[Looking south along the Allt a' Choire Mhòir to Loch Fannich]

[Sgùrr nan Clach Geala from Sgùrr nan Each]

[Sgùrr nan Clach Geala (left) & Sgùrr Mòr (right) from Sgùrr nan Each]

[Ptarmigan on Sgùrr nan Clach Geala]

[Looking back to Sgùrr nan Each from Sgùrr nan Clach Geala]

[An Teallach from Sgùrr nan Clach Geala]

[Shattered trig point on Sgùrr nan Clach Geala]

[View across to lofty Sgùrr Mòr from Sgùrr nan Clach Geala]

[View back to Sgùrr nan Clach Geala from the descent]

[Way ahead to Meall a' Chrasgaidh]

[Lochan on the route to Meall a' Chrasgaidh] 

[Loch a' Mhadaidh]

[Great views of An Teallach from Meall a' Chrasgaidh]

[View of Sgùrr nan Clach Geala on the descent from Meall a' Chrasgaidh]

[A faint ATV track leads down the lower slopes of Meall a' Chrasgaidh]

[Back at the Allt Breabaig]

[Vehicle bridge over the Allt Breabaig]


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