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Munro's big bags

A hard walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Highlands, Scotland, about 31.70km (19.70 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 13:45h (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 1447m (4747ft)
Loss 1447m (4747ft)
Max. Elevation 950m (3116ft)
Elevation (total) 2894m (9494ft)
Start & End
Strathcarron Railway Station
Distance 31.70km
(19.7mi)
Duration ~13:45
Difficulty  
Hard
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by GaryShipp on 04 Oct 2011
This is one very full day walk, or two slightly more sedentary days out. If the later, then the Bearnais Bothy offers a delightful stop over point and one of our most comfortable bothy nights ever. If the former, then be warned of the perils of a late return and missing the final train of the day. The walk itself starts and finished over less testing ground, but picks up in the middle third with some hefty ascending and choice route finding. All in all, a proper Scottish adventure.

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Walk Map

Waypoints

OS Grid NG942421
Strathcarron station, marked on some OS maps as Srath Carron.
Achintree About 0.39 km (~0.24 miles) from
OS Grid NG942417
Find the path leaving the village
Fork in path About 1.45 km (~0.9 miles) from
OS Grid NG956416
Take the left hand path
Saddle About 3.69 km (~2.29 miles) from
OS Grid NG993416
Follow the path through the saddle and past the small lochon.
Bearnais Bothy About 2.99 km (~1.86 miles) from
OS Grid NH020430
A delightful little bothy to rest up in. Warm, peaceful and relatively unbusy (according to the visitors book at least!)
Ford the river About 0.20 km (~0.12 miles) from
OS Grid NH022429
Choose your spot carefully to cross and then head across the open hillside aiming for saddle between Beinn Tharsuinn and Bidein a Choire Sheasgaich
Footpath About 1.20 km (~0.75 miles) from
OS Grid NH033425
Once you cross the footpath going NE/SW, contour round the hillside, trying not to lose height or your footwear
Wall at the saddle About 1.33 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid NH046423
From here the north side of Bidein a Choire Sheasgaich falls towards you in an impressive two-tier buttress. The route to the top can be by an by interesting Grade 3 scramble, or a more leisurely amble.
Impressive views About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
OS Grid NH048417
Stunning views across to Torrindon in the NW.
Summit at 945m About 0.46 km (~0.29 miles) from
OS Grid NH048412
Take a well earned break and soak up the vista.
Descent path About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
OS Grid NH055406
Follow the ridge line down and then back up to Lurg Mhor
Summit at 987m About 0.94 km (~0.58 miles) from
OS Grid NH064404
Height point of this walk.
Wide track About 2.28 km (~1.42 miles) from
OS Grid NH069382
Gain the track and turn westwards.
Lock Calavie About 2.18 km (~1.35 miles) from
OS Grid NH050392
Continue along the wide track past the Loch.
Path junction About 3.28 km (~2.04 miles) from
OS Grid NH017392
Take the turning towards the buildings of Bendronaig Lodge.
Wide track About 1.17 km (~0.73 miles) from
OS Grid NH006387
Easy walking here as tiredness creeps in.
Bridge over Uisge Dhubh About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
OS Grid NH002382
Continue along the wide track.
Path junction About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid NG993385
Keep an eye out for this path junction turning off to your right.
Path back to Strathcarron About 2.16 km (~1.34 miles) from
OS Grid NG972389
Route finding should be easy here unless snow is on the ground.
Footpath About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from
OS Grid NG956394
Not far to go now and mostly downhill!
Achintree About 2.61 km (~1.62 miles) from
OS Grid NG941416
Back where you set out from earlier in the day (or yesterday if you took a more leisurely pace!).
Finish of the walk About 0.51 km (~0.32 miles) from
OS Grid NG941421
Back at the station. The hotel next door has a friendly bar, not always open, whilst the nearby post office and shop has plentiful calories available.

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