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The Brothers and Sisters of Kintail

Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st April 2024

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About the event:

Where are the Brothers and Sisters of Kintail?


Glen Shiel is about an hour and a half's drive north of Fort William. It is well served by Citylink buses heading to the Kyle of Lochalsh and Portree on Skye. Indeed, the A87 road to the Isles makes this glen entirely accessible.


Glen Shiel is famous for its battles with the Jacobite rising in the 1700s. It is also absolutely stunning with no fewer than 22 Munros on offer including the magnificent South Glen Shiel Ridge with 7 Munros baggable in a day. However, the north ridge is no less spectacular - also with 7 Munros on offer. They can be done in a day but are typically split into two days walking and that's what we'll aim to do."



About the Event


Both of these walks are linear and require us to met at the end point, leave a car or two, and drive up to the start. At the end of the day, we return to the cars we left at the end point and head back up to the start to retrieve our vehicles. It's a bit of a logistical faff but is quite common in Glen Shiel.


Glen Shiel is an all or nothing place. There are no easy Munros. The ascents and descents are steep. Once up on the ridges, there are good tracks but there is a great deal of repeat ascent and descent. Absolutely perfect for ticking off those Munros!


I've put a day 1 and day 2 outline plan with the Munros that are possible below. This is just a rough guide as the weather will dictate which we do first. And we won't know that until a day or so beforehand. If you are booking to come for just one day, please be prepared to be flexible!


Day 1: The Sisters. There are 5 sisters. Three of which are Munros. They stand as sentinals when driving inland from Skye. They mark the entrance to the slow climb up through Glen Shiel. They are magnificent. We may take in Sgurr na Spainteach, a Munro top* and one of the sisters. The final sister tends to be missed off as it's also a top and by then most Munro baggers want to save their energy for more Munro bagging!

*A Munro top is a summit of Munro height, but too close to the parent peak to be given its own status.

  • Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe (1027m / 3,369ft)

  • Sgurr na Carnach (1002m / 3,287ft)

  • Sgurr Fhuaran (1067m / 3,501ft)


Day 2: The Brothers. These are more hidden from the road. The walking is slightly easier once we hit the ridge (the ascent is a fairly tedious and gruesoms slog - we'll have likely done it the previous day!) We have the option to add Ciste Dubh. It means a significant drop and a 400m reascent and we'll add it on only if everyone in the group is happy to. It's not officially part of the Brothers and Sisters ridge. However, it is one of the crown jewels of Glen Shiel. A pointed Munro summit with a sharks fin subsiduary top en route which gives absolutely wonderful views back to the Munros we'll have bagged over the two days as well as into the remote Glen Affric.

  • Saileag (956m / 3,137ft)

  • Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg (1036m / 3,399ft)

  • Aonach Meadhoin (1001m / 3,284ft)

  • Optional extra: Ciste Dhubh (979m / 3,212ft)



If you are up in the area on holiday, or planning a longer bagging visit, we're running other events in Glen Shiel over the week including The Hidden Munros of Glen Shiel (Tuesday 23rd-Thursday 25th) and The Glen Shiel 7 (Saturday 27th).

Meeting Point:

We meet early as these are long days. We'll meet at 0800 both mornings as we also need to do a car shuffle, leaving cars at the end points. We'll need to car share for short distances.

I'll give exact locations nearer the time, but both walks will start from Half way up the glen here.

Difficulty:

These are big and challenging hills and will require good fitness and a head for heights. There is easy scrambling on the sisters. There are relatively good tracks throughout the area though some are extremely steep.

Prerequisites:

A very good level of fitness is required. There are some quite brutal slogs - We're walking but they are steep!

Cost:

The two days cost just £160 per person with discounts for booking more than one person.

Numbers:

We can take a maximum of 8.

Equipment: