the Rough Bounds of Knoydart

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These mountains sit on the edge of The Rough Bounds of Knoydart. This is an area I have never experienced before and was looking forward to views across into Knoydart as well as the seaward views over Eigg, Rhum, Skye. The weather was not in my favour and I will have to return some time in the future to savour them.



Sgurr Mor


Sgurr nan Coireachan


Garbh Cioch Mor


Sgurr na Ciche


date climbed

evening 9/5/2012 and


time taken

13 hours




13100ft 4000m

OS Map

Landranger 33


Fair when the route was started but progressively getting worse as night approach with very strong winds snow and mist. The very cold conditions for the following day.  

Starting point : Loch Quoich Dam

The route directs  around Loch Quoich, starting from the Quoich dam and takes in the main peaks in a clockwise direction. The expedition was started in the early evening with the aim of getting two of the Munros done before the sun went down and completing the route on the following day. When faced with the lock on the gate of the dam I made the law abiding citizen choice to descent and wade across the stream. I was told later by Steve Fallon that everyone just climbs over it. Ah well, I will know next time! The evening was very pleasant with good visibility and interesting skies as I climbed the first Munro, a Corbett and then the second Munro of the day. The sunset was building up to be incredibly memorable but it also heralded the onslaught of some truly dreadful weather. The wind whipped up to what felt like gale force strength - not what you want when you are just about to bivi out for the night. It was also incredibly cold. I bedded down and even though it felt at times I was going to be lifted completely off the deck - bivbag and all - I did manage to get some sleep. The weather eased a bit when I was packing my gear away but for the rest of the day there were strong winds and very limited visibility. Navigation in those conditions was helped considerably by the remains of the Parish boundary fence and wall which was a welcome companion for a considerable proportion of the day.

The long walk out after the last peak was given an extra tension due to the difficulties in getting across a very boggy area of land but eventually I made it back to road and then on to the car.

A long hard day all in all but a very satisfying one, having now completed these remote peaks.