The high crests and chiselled peaks of the Mamores offer some of Scotland's finest ridge walks. The four eastern Munros of the range can be climbed together in a logical circuit from Kinlochleven. Awkward stand-alone summits that mostly seem to be made of scree, the outliers Binnein Beag and Sgurr Eilde Mor do represent a bit of a faff, but their remote feel makes up for the hard grind. With these in the bag, there's the option of a pleasant ridge scramble en route to summit of Beinnein Mor, the dramatic high point of the main Mamores crest, and the stand-out peak for both scale and quality. The sharp twin peaks of Na Gruagaichean round off this classic big day out.
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Distance: 12.18 miles (19.60 km)
Total ascent: 1,844m
Time: 7 – 8 hours (Walking)
Car park in Kinlochleven, on Wade's Road - as for the Grey Mare's Tail, NN187623
Access around the remote eastern end of the Mamores is made easy thanks to a fantastic old stalker's path (they don't make them like they used to). Steep scree in ascent and descent on Sgurr Eilde Mor and Binnein Beag; then an enjoyable grade 1 scramble (with harder options) up the steep northeast ridge of Binnein Mor. Airy ridge striding from here to Na Gruagaichean, followed by a long but relatively straightforward descent.
An extremely long and taxing route for a brief winter day, so expect to start and finish in the dark. In snow the northeast ridge of Binnein Mor would be an exciting grade I/II winter climb, while the traverse of Binnein Mor's short sharp summit ridge also needs care. Look out on Na Gruagichean too, it's steep and exposed.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Bus to Kinlochleven.
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