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Scottish Hill Track 303 part 1 Glen Torridon to Coire Mhic Fhearchair

By Julian Paren

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 Mr, 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.

You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .

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