Loch Monar

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The hills south of Glen Carron that encircle Loch Monar are splendidly remote and have the reputation of being some of Scotland's most isolated and inaccessible hills. Steven Fallon's route is a long one that covers all of the six Munros in this area.  Even with a long summer day I needed to shortened this by cutting out  the climb to the top of Moruisg at the end of the day. It was still a long and challenging walk though.

Bidean a'Choire Sheasgaich


Lurg Mhor


Sgurr Choinnich


Sgurr a'Chaorachain


Maoile Lunndaidh


date climbed


time taken

14 hours


30 miles



OS Map

Landranger 25


Fair with generally  good visibility

Starting point : Craig GR092120

The excellent forestry road that leads from Craig into the heart of these mountains was followed. I was joined at jump off point from the road by Roy on his mountain bike. We headed off into the hills together to climb the Corbett, Beinn Tharsuinn that stands in the way to the first Munro of the day, Bidean a'Choire Sheasgaich. The hard work of climbing was helped enormously by the steady conversation flow - finding out a shared love of cooking and comparing notes on various Delia Smith recipes. Cheers Roy - hope to see you in the hills again some time!

At the Bealach an Sgoltaidh the way up looked interesting but the path worked its way easily through the broken cliffs and rocky crags until the a fine ridge lead to the summit. The descent and ascent to Lurg Mhor is rocky but not as engaging the previous ascent. The hard work of the morning was rewarded with fine views towards Skye and Torridon as well as the Straffarar and Mullardoch hills.

After returning to the bealach between Lurg Mhor and Bidean a'Choire Sheasgaich, grassy ground lead down to the foot of Sgurr na Conbhaire. The trudge up Sgurr na Conbhaire is relentless - just get your head down and go for it. Upon reaching the top of this, a faint path was followed to the connecting ridge between Sgurr Choinnich and Sgurr a'Chaorachain and then the summit of Sgurr Choinnich.

The climb up Sgurr a'Chaorachain was a very quick affair on grassy slopes The old trig point is encircled by a bouldery line of stones with excellent views in all directions.

The ground underfoot gradually became more grass covered and wet as I dropped down to the An Crom-allt. After crossing this the heathery slopes of Drochaid Mhuilich were climbed eventually reaching a high plateau. A pleasant walk over Carn nam Fiaclan and Creag Toll a'Chroin lead to the cairn on the stoney summit of Maoile Lunndaidh.

The descent down to River Meig was a bit tricky with the need to avoid some deep stream canyons that were in the way of the direct route. Finally, after what seemed an eternity, the river was crossed without getting wet feet. The stalker's path lead east of Glenuaig Lodge, the forestry road and finally, after a very long day back at Craig.


928m 3045ft

date climbed


time taken

5 hours


7 miles



OS Map

Landranger 25


Fair but with limited visibility

Starting point : A 890  west of Loch Sgamhain Glen Carron

After the previous day considerable efforts over the five Munros in the Monar area, the climb of Moruisg and its sister and de-listed peak of Sgurr nan Ceannaichean was a very gentle affair. The walk up to the Moruisg was direct to the summit on heathery slopes.