6th March, 2016
Seen from across Loch Maree Slioch is one of the great spectacles of the Northwest Highlands, a lone sandstone molar set in a jawbone of gneiss. Fissured crags ring three sides of the monolith, rising to a striking sawn-off summit plateau; only the southeast flank offers a hands-free line of weakness. With a long approach through pretty woods, and arguably some of the best summit views in Scotland at the end of it, this route is a real gem.
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Distance: 11.85 miles (19 km)
Total ascent: 1,286m
Steepest Gradient: 48% (1 in 2)
Time: 8 hours (Walking)
Car park at Incheril, Kinlochewe, NH037623
Long easy approach on a clear path, boggy in places, then some rough eroded ground in ascent. Up on the summit plateau it's gentle underfoot, though careful navigation would be needed in poor vis. The east ridge descent is briefly airy, but there's no real scrambling.
It's a long-ish route for brief winter days, but much of the distance is low-level walking that'd be perfectly OK in the dark.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Good luck. The Westerbus 700 service between Gairloch and Inverness might get you to Kinlochewe, but not every day. It's complicated. See http://www.travelinescotland.com/journey...
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by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com