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The Glen Shiel 7

Saturday 27th April 2024

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About the event:

Where is Glen Shiel?


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.



About the Glen Shiel 7


There aren't many places where one can bag 7 Munros in a day with relative ease. This is of course relative - the Munros aren't easy! But once up on the ridge, the ascent and descent between the summits is not that much overall. It's a long but magnificent day.


We typically do the traverse east to west to save about 300m ascent. This may not seem much but it is a big day as it is so why not start higher up! This means we meet at the end point and leave a car or two, and then return up the glen in a fewer number of cars to the start point. When driving back at the end of the day, it always surprises everyone quite how far the drive is!


The approach in is along a good track. But it's a long trudge. From a decent col, we turn off onto the mountain track which is well maintained but steep. However, once up we have a superb ridge of easy walking with a few scrambles ahead of us.


The descent is a bit gruesome. It's straight forward, but just feels tough after a full day out. Getting back to the road after such an epic achievement is fantastic!


Munros:

  • Creag a' Mhaim (947m / 3,107ft)

  • Drum Shionnach (987m / 3,238ft)

  • Aonach air Chrith (1,021m / 3,350ft)

  • Maol Chinn-dearg (981m / 3,218ft)"

  • Sgurr an Doire Leathain (1,010m / 3,314ft)

  • Sgurr an Lochain (1,004m / 3,294ft)

  • Creag nan Damh (918m / 3,218ft)



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 Brothers and Sisters of Kintail (Saturday 20th-Sunday 21st).

Meeting Point:

We meet at 0600am at the end point where we'll leave a few cars and then drive up to the start point near the Cluanie Inn.

The meeting place is here. The parking for the Cluanie is here. To see the meeting points in Google Maps, please click on the links. They will open in a new tab.

Difficulty:

We will tackle the whole ridge in a long day. It's a great day out. However, you will need to be very hill fit and used to the repeated ascents and descents in highland / Munro terrain. This is not a beginner day out! We'll be on paths, but there are also boulder fields to navigate which can be slippery when wet, and we'll be going for about 10-12 hours.

Prerequisites:

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

Cost:

The day costs £90 per person with discounts for booking more than one person

Numbers:

We can take a maximum of 8.

Equipment: