4.5 of 5 (2 votes)

Fuar Tholl, Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Highland, Scotland, about 16.00km (9.94 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 8:00h (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 1160m (3805ft)
Descent 1158m (3799ft)
Max. Elevation 930m (3051ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 2318m (7604ft)
Start & End
Distance 16.00km
Duration ~8:00h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 01 Aug 2010
The stations along the Inverness-Lochalsh line offer car-free access to some fantastically remote walking in the heart of northern Scotland. This route, from Achnashellach Station, is a challenging day out, with three big hills - Fuar Tholl, Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor (the latter two are both Munros). There are few facilities out here, so either plan for an overnight stay or make sure you catch the last train to Strathcarron or Achnasheen.

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Alight at Achnashellach Station, deep in the highlands. Take the track heading northwest from the station, along the River Lair.
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The first major challenge of the day is crossing the River Lair. There is no bridge, and the waters can rise very rapidly, so take good care.
About 2.13 km (~1.32 miles) from
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The walk now displays the true character of these hills - nothing more so than the mighty Mainreachan Buttress. Head up the corry slope on a bearing to the bealach - the path is very indistinct. Here, you should find a small cairn and a more distinctive path running along the ridge.
About 2.47 km (~1.53 miles) from
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After stopping at the small outcrop overlooking the buttress - great views for those who dare look over the edge - continue to the summit of Fuar Tholl. Once sated with views/flapjacks, retrace your steps along the ridge to the cairn.
About 1.02 km (~0.63 miles) from
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Continue past the bealach and start climbing the southeastern slope of Sgurr Ruadh.
About 1.31 km (~0.81 miles) from
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This is the highest point of the day at 962m. The summit views across to Torridon are wonderful. Descend via the steep and tricky northwest ridge, towards a small lochan in Bealach Coire Lair.
About 1.01 km (~0.63 miles) from
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This section is perhaps the trickiest part of the route. The route up onto the Beinn Liath Mhor ridge crosses large sandstone blocks, so needs a lot of care (and there is no clear path). From the lochan, head around the right-hand side of the small peak (marked as 768m on the OS map).
About 1.14 km (~0.71 miles) from
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Once the climb is completed, the going gets easier, as you head towards the second Munro summit (926m). From here, the route follows the ridge line of Beinn Liath Mhor.
About 0.41 km (~0.25 miles) from
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After enjoying the magnificent ridge, with its views across to Torridon, descend from the eastern end to Drochaid Coire Lair. From here, rejoin the path you came in on.
About 2.11 km (~1.31 miles) from
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Pass the turnoff to Fuar Tholl and keep heading back.
About 1.78 km (~1.11 miles) from
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Return to the station for the train home. If you have missed it, follow the road heading northeast to Lair and Craig and keep your fingers crossed. Try Gerry's Hostel: www.gerryshostel-achnashellach.co.uk
About 2.00 km (~1.24 miles) from

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Mary Wakeling
28 Sep 2011
Walking From Achnashellach

So far we have used the train to reach each of these two Munros on separate outings, with perfect weather each time! Think you would have to be seriously fit to do both (let alone the Corbett as well) in the gap between the morning train from Inverness and the one back in the early evening! After going up and then down Beinn Liath Mhor in October last year, we just made it to the train - sadly no time to sample what other walkers told us was excellent tea and cakes in the cottage right by the level crossing!

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