Ascents of the Torridon Munros started when I was 17 years old on the summer Botelar
Grammar School Fell Walking Club (FWC) trip to Scotland where we did Liatthach on
this trip. I revisited Torridon in 1998 when I completed the ascents of Ben Eighe
and Ben Alligin. I know that I had definitely climbed Spidean a’Chore Leith with
the FWC but I could not remember climbing Mullach an Rathain, Spidean’s sister peak.
Hence I decided to climb both peaks to make sure I had summited on both Munros.
Spidean a’Chorie Leith
Mullach an Rathain
Misty in the morning but the visibility improved from mid-morning
Starting point : A896 800m east of Glen Cottage
A well constructed path basically lead from the A road right to the top of Spidean
a’Choire Leith. It was steep at first. There is sudden right turn on the way up where
I went a little astray and summited a nearby peak before I realised where I had gone
a bit wrong. Back heading in the right direction I worked my way steadily towards
Spidean’s summit. After the drop down it was a straightforward climb up the quartzite
blocks to the summit. The views across to the nearby peaks of Ben Eighe and Ben Alligan
were wonderful and began remember how special the Torridon hills are. They feel old
and very wise.
After the summit I descended towards Am Fasarien and decided to take the Pinnacle
by-pass path rather than going over the pinnacles. Even the by-pass path has some
hairy moments particularly after the heavy rain with some quite dramatic drops and
very little path. A delightful grassy section lead to the final crest before Mullach
an Rathain. Lunch was taken on the top admiring the view and then the very steep
and rough descent down to towards the road again. After the reaching the road I managed
to get a lift back to my car with a ceramic artist from Doonreay in the far North.
A great day - definitely one of the best Munro days.