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The Rough Bounds of Knoydart June 2022

 
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The Rough Bounds of Knoydart

Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th June 2022

ABOUT THE TRIP

Rising high above Loch Arkaig and Loch Quoich, the mountains on the eastern fringes of the 'Rough Bounds of Knoydart' are rugged and wild. These majestic peaks are remote from civilisation giving a real sense of wilderness to anyone hiking here. We're here for 3 days of guided hiking aiming up the high Munro summits including Sgurr na Ciche, Sgurr Mor and Gairich.

  • Three days spent hiking into a remote area and up quiet mountains in the Western Highlands of Scotland.

  • Reach superb vantage points from where vast views over Knoydart and to Skye and Kintail can be savoured.

  • Clamber and scramble over quartzite blocks and hike along fine crests to bag 5 Munro summits (and a Corbett or two) including Sgurr na Ciche, Sgurr Mor and Gairich on the edge of the 'Rough Bounds'.

Day 1: Sgurr na Ciche and neighbours

The mountains in the 'Rough Bounds of Knoydart' are wild and remote. On the eastern fringes of this area, Sgurr na Ciche rises dramatically above Loch Nevis. This mountain's silhouette is a distinctive landmark in the north-west Highlands. All of the mountains in the area require some careful planning to ascend, with many a hiker having poured over maps to find the best way to link them together.
We're aiming to bag the 3 Munros north-west of Glen Dessary, starting from the western end of Loch Arkaig from where we'll begin on a fine track getting into our stride. It's a fair trek in, but soon we're heading uphill and through an interesting gorge that brings us up onto ridges. Rough Sgurr na Ciche is gained with uninterrupted views from its summit along Loch Nevis towards Eigg and Rum. Along ridges, occasionally following the remains of a wall we'll bag Garbh Chioch Mhor and Sgurr na Coireachan. We can then return directly, or perhaps take a leisurely detour on the way to ascend the Corbett Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh.

Day 2: Sgurr Mor

Sgurr Mor is a big hill (as its name would suggest), surrounded by glens and other minor peaks. It stands in a commanding position above Loch Arkaig, giving fine views from its summit. Sgurr an Fhuarain is linked via a fine long and wide, grass covered ridge.
As with the previous day, we'll start from the western end of Loch Arkaig and head along the fine path towards Glendessarry. Before we reach the lodge, we turn away from Glendessary and hike on a fine path northwards. We reach the base of Sgurr Mor, where steep, grass covered slopes lead us up onto the ridges and to the summit.

Day 3: Gairich

A solitary Munro above the southern shores of Loch Quoich. Gairich is a suprisingly rough hill ! It rises above the eastern end of Loch Quoich. Our final day on the Rough Bounds of Knoydart begins by the dam at the eastern end of Loch Quoich. After crossing the dam and on an old stalker's path, we'll hike over grass and rush southwards towards Glen Kingie. Uphill, views gradually open up as the rugged eastern side of Gairich comes into view. A faint path can be traced zig-zagging the way to the summit, from where views make you go 'Wow!'.

Munros:

Sgurr nan Coireachan (953m / 3,127ft)

Garbh Chioch Mhor (1,013m / 3,323ft)

Sgurr na Ciche (1,040m / 3,412ft)

Sgurr Mor (1,003m / 3,291ft)

Gairich (919m / 3,015ft)

Meeting Point:

09:00am

The first two days we have the fun and game of the Loch Arkaig / Glen Dessary road. To see the starting point please click here

For day 3 we meet at the end of Loch Quoich here.

To view the rough start points on Google Maps, please click on the links above. This will open in a separate tab.

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DifficultyThe whole range is rocky and relentless in terrain. There are long walk ins and vague tracks the are intermittent. Expect some minor scrambling too. 

Cost: The three days guiding costs £179 per person (if booking for one person) with discounts for booking more people. 16-18 year old's are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. You will need to provide your own transport, travel insurance and accommodation.

Numbers: I can take a maximum of 8 and a minimum of 4 in order to run the events. If there are fewer than the minimum numbers booked you'll get a full refund. If you want to book for more than 4 places please get in touch.

Please Note: This trip is replacing the same trip that was originally organised by Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding (SFMG). I have kindly been given agreement to replicate the event now as SFMG has ceased operating. I was due to be guiding this event on behalf of SFMG. Much of the text has been taken from the SFMG website event page with permission.

Here are some pictures from past visits to the area to inspire you!

 

Guided Trips - Frequently asked questions

Is this suitable for me?


You will need to be fit and have some walking experience. This is rough and rocky and you will need to be happy with easy scrambling. They are all long days so endurance stamina is good too! I will always try and accommodate everyone but if unsure please drop me an email.




What do I need to bring?


You will need all of the essential kit plus the wilderness extras. You can see the recommended kit list here. I can hire out tents, camping equipment etc and details are in the General FAQs.




I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?


This is up to you depending on your budget. There are B&Bs, campsites and hotels along the Invergarry - Fort William road but they are still a fair distance from the start of the events.




What's not included?


Accommodation (if applicable), Food, Personal Insurance, Personal equipment, Transport. You will need your own mountain bike.




How much is the trip and how do I book?


The trip costs £179 per person if booking for one. There are further discounts if booking more than one person. To book please see below. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions.




What are the Terms & Conditions?


Please see the Terms and Conditions section by clicking the link. You can also see the Disclaimer and Privacy Policy.




I've got some more general questions...


Please see the General FAQ section by clicking the link here. If you've still got questions then please get in touch!




How do I get there?


There is very limited transport. The Citilink buses and trains run to Fort William. You can get the SityLink up as far as Speak Bridge/Invergarry. After that you would need to speak to me about a lift. Alternatively it may be possible for someone else coming to arrange to pick you up en route. If you are willing to offer a lift please let me know.





 

TO BOOK

If you want to chat to me about the adventure then please feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception.

To book, please click 'Book Now' and follow the instructions. You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the trip.
Please ensure you've read the Terms and Conditions and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.
Any problems then please get in touch
  • The Rough Bounds of Knoydart
    The Rough Bounds of Knoydart
    Spean Bridge
    03 Jun, 09:00 – 05 Jun, 17:00
    Spean Bridge, Loch Arkaig, Spean Bridge PH34, UK
    Sorry about the location given - you'll find the accurate locations given on the original web page for the event...
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