Go Further!

Last weekend Gil set out to reach all of the Fisherfield six Munros over two days with go further Scotland. On day one we walked in and tackled four of the Six – Beinn a Chlaidheimh, Sgurr Ban, Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair and Beinn Tarsuinn (over 6,300 feet ascent and 17 miles). On day two we did the two most remote peaks – A Mhaighdean and Ruadh Stac Mor – and walked out (over 4,800 feet ascent and 15 miles). Arguments rage about whether there are any real wilderness areas in Scotland. Over-grazing by deer means that areas that are wild in character don’t have the natural ecology that would exist if there was a top predator. Fewer deer would lead to more varied and widespread tree-cover for example. But even so, if Scotland doesn’t have an authentic ‘wilderness’ then the vast Fisherfield area brings you closest to a wild landscape that is truly remote. If wilderness does exist on the UK mainland then this is where it is to be found.

The Fisherfield and Letterewe area is enormous covering well over 500 square kilometres and includes major lochs such as Loch Maree, Lochan Fada, the Fionn Loch and Loch Na Sheallag. It boasts seven Corbetts including a few of the most sought after – Beinn Dearg Mor, Beinn Dearg Bheag, Beinn Airigh Charr and Beinn Lair. In addition to the ‘Fisherfield Six’ Munros in the centre of the area there are three more – two on the An Teallach massif and Slioch to the south on the shores of Loch Maree. In short – the Fisherfield area is a wild landscape unmatched in UK. And the reason why it doesn’t have the celebrity status of the Lake District or Glencoe is the reason it is special – it doesn’t have any roads through it. Instead, the A832 loops around three of its sides with the Fannich range of mountains to the east. There is therefore a chain of mountains unbroken by any tarmac running from Poolewe in the West through the Fisherfield area and the Fannich mountains and Kinlochluichart near Garve some 45 miles to the East.

Access to the Fisherfield Six is only possible for long expeditions on foot. Swift progress can be made on good tracks and these can be combined to for low-level walks and trail runs of any distance. The Six are normally tackled via Dundonnell in the North, Incherill in the south or Loch a Bhraoin in the East. They can be tackled over several trips or by camping in the heart of the area.

We camped at Shenaval as our base. We took these pictures on the first day.

The view from Shenaval mid-morning. Beinn Dearg Mor.

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An unusual view of Beinn Dearg Mor – from the North West shoulder of Beinn a Chlaidheimh (hill of the Sword).

Another unusual view. This time of the south face of An Teallach. The Shenaval bothy and camping area is situated in the area of bright green above the river running from bottom right to Loch na Sealga. Expeditions to this area require a lot of planning as both these rivers need to be crossed at the start and end of each day. This is impossible after heavy or prolonged rain.

Loch a Bhrisidh – on the ridge at 500m between Beinn a Chlaidheimh and Sgurr Ban.

Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair (left) and Beinn Tarsuinn (right) with Slioch in the distance and the Torridon and Mountains beyond.

The Fisherfield Munros need a lot of stamina. If you are interested in a guided trip the give us a phone and we’d be happy to talk to you about the options.

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