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Cul Mor from Knockan

By Julian Paren

The Walk Highlands website provides a suggested itinerary for climbing Cl Mr, and this was mostly followed for this Geotrip. The walk uses the Stalkers Path from Knockan that crosses Meallan Domhain and climbs Cl Mr by the North East ridge. The walk then heads North West along the spur over Sron Gharbh until the terrain descends abruptly at a nose. This point provides a memorable view over Loch Sionasgaig and Stac Pollaidh. The return is made along the spur to the bealach separating Cl Mr and Creag nan Calman. The full route then heads out and back from the summit of Creag nan Calman to the bealach from which a grassy descent is made to the outward path, but involving a short re-ascent of 30 metres over Meallan Domhain. We decided instead to contour Meallan Domhain and join the outward path lower down. This was probably a mistake as one of the party found the contouring tiring on the ankles. As NC1911 had only been visited once before, a detour was made to Loch a Phollain Riabhaich, to photograph this prominent feature close up. The entire walk was in perfect weather and time was reserved for just sitting and staring at the Assynt landscape. My Garmin 62s gave the route as 16.2 km and we spent a leisurely 7.5 hours in the hills.

My greatest surprise was to discover later that the NW spur of Cl Mr had only been visited once for Geograph. It provides a viewpoint that must rank with Scotlands very best.

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

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