the Mamores

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The Mamores were on the list of hills to climb in Scotland long before the idea of climbing all the Munros crystallised. A total of 10 Munros completes the 15km traverse of the ridge between Glen Nevis in the north and Loch Leven in the south. It was hoped to do all 10 Munros in one trip but a late start in miserable weather held up progress and so the Mamores were completed in 2 expeditions - 8 peaks on the ridge one day followed by the two most easterly peaks on the following day.

Mullach nan Coirean


Stob Ban


Sgurr a'Mhain


Am Bodach


Stob Choire a' Chairn


An Gearanach


Na Gruagaichean


Binnein Mor


date climbed


time taken

13 hours





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Landranger 41


Poor in morning then fair with generally  good visibility in the afternoon

Starting point : Glen Nevis - Achriabhach

The walk started in a frustrating session of midge bitten rage whilst trying to organise my rucksack for the day. Low mist and driving rain did not help encourage enthusiasm so the ascent of the first peak, Mullach nan Coirean,  was not approached with much energy or speed. Forgotten gaiters also resulted in sodden socks adding to the grim mood. Signs that the rain was lessening helped revive the spirits for the ascent of Stob Ban and by the time this summit was reached, gaps had started to appear in the mist and the view below unfolded. Finally you could see, 6 miles away, the broad wedge shaped mountain of Binnean Mor rising above the other Mamore summits. The day had finally started and the spirits soared as the scramble across the Devils Ridge was accomplished without any difficulties to claim Sgurr a'Mhain complete with fabulous views of the Ben, the gentle curve of the Carn Mor Dearg arete, the Aonachs and the Grey Corries.

A series of fine narrow ridges connected Am Bodach to Stob Choire a'Chairn where the outlying ridge to An Gearanach was taken. This ridge is more sharp and dramatic than the Devils Ridge. After returning to the main ridge the twin peaks of Na Gruagaichean were next in line followed by the ascent to the impressively narrow summit of Binnein Mor. Time was now pressing so the decision to halt the collection of the Mamores Munros was taken and the descent to Glen Nevis started. This turned out to be a long and tiring drop. The river was finally crossed and the stalker path joined leading back past the Steall Hut and down the magnificent Nevis Gorge. A taxing but wonderful day with plenty of memories to cherish.

Sgurr Eilde Mor


Binnein Beag


date climbed


time taken

8 hours





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Landranger 41


Fair with generally  good visibility strong winds in the afternoon

A good path lead from the car park next to St Pauls Episcopal church and was followed by a pleasant climb through woods then onto Loch Eilde Mor. Coire an Lochain was the next landmark. This was followed by the easy climb of the south ridge of Sgurr Eilde Mor and the  now familar landscape of the Mamore ridge spread out to the West became visible at the summit. A rocky decent down the west ridge was quickly accomplished and the stalkers path taken to the col between Binnein Mor and Beag. The ascent of Binnein Beag was rocky and bit tricky in places due to a very high wind needing four points of contact in places. After a last glimpse at the wonders of the Ben and the other nearby mountains it was time to descend and re-trace my earlier steps.