Torridon is the archetypal west coast range, and if you like your scenery on an epic scale it's unequalled. Rising over tidal Loch Torridon and the lochan-pitted hinterland beyond, each mountain stands proud of its neighbours, unique and individual. Each takes the form of a massif, with multiple summits and sharp-chiselled ridges, gouged out by great corries and walled with huge terraces. Liathach is the best and beastliest of them, a dark satanic cathedral of ragged crests and bristling crags, dominating its surroundings and offering few lines of easy access. The full traverse rates as one of the great ridge routes of Scotland, a challenging and exciting walk with options to indulge in some top quality mid-grade scrambling.
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Distance: 9.07 miles (14.60 km)
Total ascent: 1,481m
Time: 7 hours (Walking)
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Coire Dubh Mor car park, NG957568
Gairloch or Lochcarron
Rough paths, and very stony underfoot on the high ridges. Taken direct the Am Fasarinen pinnacles give some superb, airy grade 2 scrambling but most of it can be avoided via a well-trodden path on the left (south) flank. There are comparatively few safe descent routes from the ridge, making this quite a serious day out in poor weather.
A major grade II winter mountaineering traverse, comparable in scale and challenge to Aonach Eagach or An Teallach, the other big two Mainland ridges. Bear in mind the potential difficulty of escape from the crest of Liathach.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Infrequent buses connect Torridon to the train line at Achnasheen and Strathcarron
Scotland's Mountain Ridges, Dan Bailey, pb.Cicerone http://www.cicerone.co.uk/product/detail.cfm/book/469/title/scotland-s-mountain-ridges/refer/ukh
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Kinlochewe Hotel bunkhouse 01445 760253 Torridon YH 01445 791284 Free campsite in Torridon village
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