Beinn Sgritheall

West coast

Start Point: Opposite Eilean Rarsaidh on the Arnisdale Road
Grid Reference: OS sheet 33, GR814119
Time: 4 - 6 hours
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Introduction

Instead of climbing the South Glenshiel ridge I climbed this hill instead. Why? I hear you ask. It was too misty to fully enjoy Glen Shiel, so I thought until I walked through the clouds to my first cloud sub-version.

Knoydart from Beinn Sgritheall
 

The walk itself is pleasant but what I enjoy most about this hill is its proximity to Knoydart which provides some of Scotlands finest scenery.

   
Martin Sinclair enjoying the summit

Route

  • From the starting point (Click for scalable map), head north straight up the hillside, cutting through the trees and veering to the North East.
  • A path begins to form as you pass a small lochain at GR816127. Continue heading east where the path becomes more rocky and steep, eventually reaching the summit at GR836127.
  • The views are excellent so enjoy them while you decide which way to descend.
   
  • Either continue heading east towards Beinn na h Eaglaise before turning south at Bealach Arnasdail. Follow the burn down to Arnisdale. From here there is approx a 3 mile walk back to the car. This route allows a full traverse of the mountain and provides an excellent days walking.
  • Alternatively retrace your steps and head west back along the ridge towards Coille Mhialairigh.
Awesome view across to the North and South Glen Shiel ridges
   
  • As one who enjoys the most rapid descent I took the direct route and went straight off the front due south. Watch out if you choose this line as it's very steep and slippy. There's no clear path but it is the direct line!

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