Evaluation: 5 stars
Route: Anti-clockwise must be the best direction to do this: the big rocky steps of the ascent to the first pinnacle of the Horns is easier this way; the scree and boggy descent from Tom na Gruagaich is much softer on the feet. The only disadvantage is a slightly tricky scrambling descent from the first pinnacle of the Horns.
Weather 7/11/08: Dry, overcast, but clouds well above tops, cool breeze, 8°C at car at start, 11°C on return.
Mobile: Orange available at the two Munros, but not at the car park.
|0920||0650||Park at P, 2 miles W of Torridon
(W side of bridge in forest on S side of road)
|0700||Take well-constructed path from E end of bridge NE to deer fence.|
|0945||0715||Path NE to cross footbridge over Abhainn Coire Mhic Nobuil||145||115||1.15 miles||NG88165890|
|0955||0730||Take left fork N beside Allt a'Bhealaich to bridge||250||220||1.65 miles||NG88215966|
|1005||0740||After a further 600 yds take left fork where path splits near end of ridge.||350||320||2.0 miles||NG88226017|
|1010||0745||Path up to base of ridge||400||370||2.12 miles||NG88086038|
|1030||0810||Take good path up first section, with minor 10m scramble towards top.||570||540||2.25 miles||NG87966056|
|1045||0835||Take good path up easier second section to minor top at ridge end.||780||750||2.6 miles||NG87696100|
|1050||0840||Reach the first of the "Horns of Alligin" pinnacles, An t-Sail Bheg||815||775||2.65 miles||NG87656107|
|1100||0850||Cross the pinnacles (with unavoidable minor scrambling):
W to 2nd pinnacle
|1110||0900||W to 3rd pinnacle (highest)||866||865||2.9 miles||NG87306134|
|1120||0905||WSW to col||760||3.05 miles||NG87086132|
|W up to M Sgurr Mhor||986||1090||3.4 miles||NG86566132|
|1200||0950||SW to col then up to rounded bump||855||1115||3.8 miles||NG85996103|
|1210||0955||SW/S round to col Fasreidhnean Beinn Alligin||767||4.05 miles||NG85866066|
|Ascend rocky but very easy ridge southwards to
M Tom na Gruagaich (trig pt)
|1230||—||Option: Cross westwards to W top of Tom na Gruagaich||900||1285||4.45 miles||NG85786012|
|Large cairn in col marking descent path into Coir nan Laogh.||880||4.5 miles||NG85836006|
|1110||Path SSE to stile over deer fence. From the corrie exit the path
follows a straight line back to W end of bridge at car park.
(It is peat boggy at the bottom, gravelly and sandy at the top.)
|1345||1125||Path SSE down to W end of bridge and car park||40||1285||6.25 miles||NG86915761|