Often driven past by people speeding to the nearby Cuillin, but less often climbed, Garbh-bheinn is a dramatic peak that merits a lot more attention. With its scrambly summit ridge, and perhaps one of the most comprehensive views of the Cuillin, this craggy Corbett makes a perfect half day on its own, but can also be combined with neighbouring Belig or incorporated into an extended traverse over Clach Glas to Bla Bheinn. The route described here visits Garbh-bheinn alone.
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Distance: 5.11 miles (8.23 km)
Total ascent: 860m
Time: 4 – 5 hours (Walking)
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SummitsGarbh-bheinn 808 m
Layby on the A850, NG537265
A rough path with some boggy terrain on the lower slopes. The north ridge is steep and fairly rocky in ascent, while the summit ridge is a short but airy grade 1 scramble.
In winter conditions the traverse of Garbh-bheinn's scrambly summit ridge has a mountaineering feel, albeit brief, and would certainly merit a winter climbing grade I.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
The Broadford-Sconser bus passes the start of this walk
The Corbetts, SMC
OS Explorer 411 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 32 (1:50,000)
Broadford Youth Hostel 01471 822442
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by Dan Bailey UKH