29th October, 2013
Glen Shiel may be a ridge walking mecca, but given the rugged and precipitous character of its many superb Munros it is perhaps surprising that there is only one really notable scramble - the Forcan Ridge. This is the most interesting route on the area's most impressive hill, the sharp-peaked, multi-topped Saddle. With considerable exposure and some nice tricky bits the Forcan Ridge is classic grade 2 scrambling ground, though an opt-out path does exist for anyone determined to deny themselves the pleasure.
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Distance: 6.20 miles (10 km)
Total ascent: 1,080m
Steepest Gradient: 45% (1 in 2)
Time: 6 hours (Walking)
Layby in Glen Shiel, NG968142
Kyle of Lochalsh
Clear paths lead to the Forcan Ridge. This gives some steep, exposed grade 2 scrambling if the crest is followed direct; the easier get-out path below the crest is only moderately scrambly at about grade 1.
The Forcan Ridge is a classic grade II winter mountaineering traverse; some parties may want to abseil the descent from Sgurr nan Forcan.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
OS Explorer 413 (1:25,000), OS Explorer 414 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 33 (1:50,000)
Ratagan Youth Hostel 0870 004 1147 Kintail Lodge Hotel bunkhouse 01599 511275
Scottish Citylink buses from Fort William to Portree pass through Glen Shiel and can drop you on request http://www.citylink.co.uk
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Cluanie (01320 340 238)
by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com