The northernmost mountains on the British mainland - and they really feel like it - this Corbett pair rises in windswept isolation between the bleak expanse of Strath Dionard and brooding Loch Eriboll. The sense of space is palpable here, with the open Atlantic to the north and the empty expanses of Sutherland all around. By local standards this is a short and manageable circuit, but though both hills look grassy-dull from the road, up close there’s plenty of rough ground, and some corners of unexpected craggy grandeur.
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Distance: 7.71 miles (12.40 km)
Total ascent: 1,076m
Steepest Gradient: 45% (1 in 2)
Time: 5 hours (Walking)
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Track turnoff at Carbreck – there's limited parking by the house and more just down the track, NC332592
Beyond the access track it's reasonably hard going all the way, bogs and rough grass on the lower slopes and rocky ground up high, with steep climbs and only intermittent paths.
Some of the steeper sections are likely to prove interesting in winter conditions, particularly the Calbhach Coire headwall and the summit slopes of Cranstackie.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Bus no.804 from Durness to Rhiconich – ask to get out at Carbreck www.travelinescotland.com
The Corbetts & Other Scottish Hills (SMC)
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