Geo-Trips :: Scottish Hill Track 303 (part 1): Glen Torridon to Coire Mhic Fhearchair

Torridon

A walk from Car park at eastern end of Liathach, Glen Torridon, Fri, 31 Aug 2018 by Julian Paren

preceding legThis trip is part of a series.

Scotways Hill Track 303 takes the popular walk from Glen Torridon between Beinn Eighe and Liathach as far as a col and then heads up behind Beinn Eighe before crossing trackless country to join a path along Glen Grudie that reaches Loch Maree at Bridge of Grudie. The 14 km walk is described in detail in the Scotways book, Scottish Hill Tracks.

The first half of the walk is on excellent paths and a small spur takes you into Coire Mhic Fhearchair. Many take this route there and back to view one of the finest rock architecture sites in Scotland, The Triple Buttress of Coire Mhic Fhearchair.

Throughout the walk there are views of steep buttressed mountains and empty wet moorland. All the Torridon and Flowerdale Mountains north of Glen Torridon are seen. Even the hardiest MTB cyclists were met crossing to Torridon from Bridge of Grudie this way, although, excellent as it is a walkers' path from Coire Mhic Fhearchair, I would have thought it virtually beyond endurance for MTB cyclists who must carry their bikes extensively.

The lip of Coire Mhic Fhearchair is at 600 m elevation and the two-way walk from Glen Torridon is around 15 km. Coire Mhic Fhearchair may be passed either on an ascent or descent from Ruadh-stac Mòr, the highest Munro summit of Beinn Eighe. The final 400 m height gain or loss to the summit involves negotiating a steep scree gully which needs care.

A more direct ascent of the Munro summit from the coire by Nigel Brown in 1997 is described in the linked Geotrip 899.

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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NG9556 : The start of the path between Liathach and Beinn Eighe by Julian Paren
The start of the path between Liathach and Beinn Eighe
The path is the section in common of Scottish Hill Tracks 302 and 303 which leaves... more

NG9557 : Heading for Coire Dubh Mòr by Julian Paren
Heading for Coire Dubh Mòr
On the path that traverses the northern slopes of Liathach. Extensive screes of... more

NG9558 : The escarpment of Stùc a Choire Dhuibh Bhig, Liathach by Julian Paren
The escarpment of Stùc a Choire Dhuibh Bhig, Liathach
A seen from the path into Coire Dubh Mhòr.

NG9558 : A pause on the Coire Dubh Mòr path by Julian Paren
A pause on the Coire Dubh Mòr path
Looking back to Sgurr Dubh, a peak on the south side of Glen Torridon.

NG9458 : Lochan by the Coire Dubh Mòr path by Julian Paren
Lochan by the Coire Dubh Mòr path
In the far background is Beinn Dhearg.

NG9459 : Pool by the Coire Dubh Mòr path by Julian Paren
Pool by the Coire Dubh Mòr path
Backed by the screes of Beinn Eighe.

NG9359 : Lochan beside the Coire Dubh Mòr path by Julian Paren
Lochan beside the Coire Dubh Mòr path
Beyond here the Scottish Hill Tracks 302 and 303 diverge with the former heading... more

NG9359 : Watershed of Coire Dubh Mòr by Julian Paren
Watershed of Coire Dubh Mòr
Beinn Dhearg and a glimpse of Beinn Alligin beyond. Near the junction of Scottish... more

NG9359 : Lochs at the head of the Coire Dubh Mòr pass by Julian Paren
Lochs at the head of the Coire Dubh Mòr pass
Beyond Beinn Alligin (on the left) and Beinn Dhearg (on the right). The view... more

NG9359 : MTB cyclists on the Bridge of Grudie to Torridon hilltrack by Julian Paren
MTB cyclists on the Bridge of Grudie to Torridon hilltrack
A very hard route according to a participant. The group was twenty strong. The... more

NG9359 : Looking towards Liathach from the path to Coire Mhic Fhearchair by Julian Paren
Looking towards Liathach from the path to Coire Mhic Fhearchair
The path climbs steadily before the final pull up into the coire.

NG9360 : Beside the path to Coire  Mhic Fhearchair by Julian Paren
Beside the path to Coire Mhic Fhearchair
The lochans lie between Beinn Eighe and Beinn Dhearg with a further loch in front... more

NG9361 : On the approach to Coire Mhic Fhearchair by Julian Paren
On the approach to Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Before the path swings and climbs into the coire, the highest Munro summit of... more

NG9361 : Looking out from the lip of Coire Mhic Fhearchair by Julian Paren
Looking out from the lip of Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Far beyond the shadowed spur of Beinn Eighe, the mountains Beinn Dhearg,... more

NG9461 : Coire Mhic Fhearchair by Julian Paren
Coire Mhic Fhearchair
A wide view of the coire formed by stitching images together. Equivalent focal... more

NG9361 : Poorly drained moorland of the Flowerdale Forest by Julian Paren
Poorly drained moorland of the Flowerdale Forest
North of Beinn Eighe lies a trackless area of rough terrain and some fine... more

NG9361 : Boulder beside the path to Coire Mhic Fhearchair by Julian Paren
Boulder beside the path to Coire Mhic Fhearchair
A feature of the walk. Behind are Beinn an Eoin and Beinn a' Chearcaill.

NG9361 : Waterfalls below Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair by Julian Paren
Waterfalls below Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair
The highest Munro summit of Beinn Eighe lies behind.

NG9360 : Liathach seen ahead while descending from Coire Mhic Fhearchair by Julian Paren
Liathach seen ahead while descending from Coire Mhic Fhearchair
The skyline of Liathach dominates the view as you return from a visit to the... more

NG9360 : Spur path descending to Coire Dubh Mòr by Julian Paren
Spur path descending to Coire Dubh Mòr
Ahead lies Stùc a' Choire Dhuibh Bhig, the terminus of the Liathach ridge.

NG9459 : Walking the Coire Dubh Mòr path by Julian Paren
Walking the Coire Dubh Mòr path
The stepped structure of Stùc a' Choire Dhuibh Bhig backs the southern edge... more

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