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An Teallach by Loch Toll An Lochan

Location: The Northern Highlands

Length: 15km / 9.25 miles

Ascent: 1430m / 4690ft

Time: 9 hours

Difficulty: This route is very demanding - even without the difficulties it is a strenuous outing with steep ascents and descents. The amazing alpine skyline of knife-edged crests and rocky pinnacles above Loch Toll an Lochan offers a superb scrambel and is both technically absorbing and incredibly exposed. The crux section is beyond Corrag Bhuidhe Buttress, over the three tops of Corrag Bhuidhe followed by Lord Berkeley's Seat, then ascending to the summit of Sgurr Fiona )Scrambling Grade 3) although easier variations are to the SW.

  An Teallach winter
     

Seasons:

Summer conditions may be expected from June to September and winter conditions from October to May. However, stalking may be in progress from August to to October: apply to the Dundonnel Estate / Tel 01854 - 633219.

Geology:

The meat of the expedition is on wonderfully hard and sound Torridonian sandstone, though the 'marble staircase' is ice-polished quartzite, and the white-grey tops of Sail Leath and Glas Mheall Liath are also of blocky quartzite.

Flora and Fauna:

Golden eagle, buzzard, kestrel, curlew and hooded crow may be seen, also fox and mountain hare. Alpine bistort, willowherb and mountain sedge grow in this region.

 

  An Teallach
     

Comment:

An Teallach offers one of the most spectacular skylines in the Scottish Highlands. It is not to be won easily, however, and is best tackled, as described, in a clockwise direction around Coir a' Ghiubhsachain and Toll an Lochan - an immensely fulfilling and satisfying expedition for those fit and competent enough to meet the challenge.

With its pyramidal spires, jagged pinnacles and knife edges, the skyline of An Teallach is one of the most impressive in the whole of the Scottish Highlands. This route follows a great horseshoe around Toll an Lochan, beginning along the 'marble staircase' of polished quartzite, then ascending Sail Liath, and finally ending down the nose of Glas Mheall Liath: it is undeniably one of the most perfect of mountain adventures. It is also an outing in the upper stratum of difficulty, where a reasonable degree of physical fitness is a minimum requirement.

  Stream near An Teallach in winter
     

An Teallach is a complex mountain massif, with ten distinct summits over 3,000 feet (914.4 metres). From 1891 to 1981, only the highest of these, Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill, had the status of a Munro - a separate mountain over 3,000 feet. In 1981 the Scottish Mountaineering Club granted Munro status to Sgurr Fiona, and the complete list of Munros and tops (subsidiary summits is now as follows:

  • Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill - 1062m / 3484ft

  • Glas Mheall Mor - 979m / 3212ft

  • Glas Mheall Liath - 960m / 3150ft

  • Sgurr Fiona - 1060m / 3478ft
  • Corrag Bhuidhe - 1040m / 3412ft
  • Lord Berkeley's Seat - 1030m / 3379ft
  • Sgurr Creag an Eich - 1017m / 3337ft
  • Stob Cadha Gobhlach - 960m / 3150ft
  • Sail Liath - 954m / 3130ft
  • Corrag Bhuidhe Buttress - 945m / 3100ft

 

  An Teallach Ridge

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