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Munro-bagging

There are a total of 10 Munros (mountains over 3,000ft/914m) in the Trust’s care at Kintail and West Affric. These include 3 on the Five Sisters of Kintail ridge, which is considered to be one of the finest hill walks in the Scottish Highlands. Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan (1,151m) is both the highest and most remote on the property and is often combined with two others – An Socach and Mullach na Dheiragain – for a big day of hill walking (Mullach na Dheiragain is not in the Trust’s care). The Glen Affric Youth Hostel provides a very convenient base for tackling these 3 summits, although please note that it’s a long walk just to get to the hostel. 

The hills in this area are noted both for their scenic beauty and lack of crowds – it’s not unusual to walk for an entire day and not see another soul! Those heading for the tops should be suitably equipped and experienced, and also well prepared. Plan your route and check the weather forecast before you go but be aware that mountain weather can be unpredictable and localised. Several of the routes cross streams, and these can become major obstacles after heavy rainfall – for example the Allt Coire an Sgairne where it crosses the Beinn Fhada path at NH 004 214. Make sure you have a map and compass (and know how to use them!) and be prepared for an accident that may prolong your day – carry spare food and clothing, a torch and always let someone know your route and when you’ll be back. Mobile phone reception is patchy in this area and you can’t always rely on this to get help.

The Trust’s rangers at Kintail and West Affric offer guided walks over any of the local Munros and other walks, including to the Falls of Glomach and Glen Affric to Kintail. View our Events page, email kintail@nts.org.uk or call 01599 511231 for further details.