Sgurr Mor Horseshoe, North West Highlands
A scenic walk in the North West Highlands
The Sgurr Mor Horsehoe walking route takes in the summit of Sgurr Mor at 0.69 miles (1,110m) but also the two neighboring Munros, making it a worthwhile day out. There is rough and steep ground to cover in places which will really test your physical fitness, but this gives way to long sustained periods of easy movement over sweeping ridges and jaw dropping scenery, making it one of the best walks on the North West Highlands.
Name and location of route: Sgurr Mor Horseshoe, North West Highlands
Distance: 11.8 miles (19km)
Total ascent: 0.73 miles (1180m)
Duration: Seven to eight hours
Terrain: A mixture of well trodden paths and pathless terrain, but covering steep ground, this route is a tough test not only for your physical fitness but you navigational fitness too!
Description of route: The route takes in the summit of Sgurr Mor at 0.69 miles (1110m) but also the two neighboring Munros, making it a worthwhile day out. There is rough and steep ground to cover in places but this gives way to long sustained periods of easy movement over sweeping ridges and jaw dropping scenery.
- Start at the Lochdrum car park (NH 254 755) on the A835.
- Leaving the car park head south across the dam and take the path heading west below Beinn Leath Bheag.
- Follow this gradually ascending track for about 3.11 miles (5km) until it ends. You need to then turn sharply south across heathery terrain.
- The steep climbing only lasts for about 0.19 miles (300) meters until you bear south west to follow easier slopes to the summit cairn at Beinn Leath Mhor Fannaich.
- This is where the real route begins! Follow the majestic sweeping ridge of Sgurr Mor all the way to its summit at 0.69 miles (1110m).
- From here the views are stunning and you can see many peaks including Beinn Dearg which should be next on your ‘tick list’ of peaks to conquer!
- Follow the ridgeline north west off Sgurr Mor for a steep descent before an easy cling to Carn na Criche before again descending north west.
- It is just a short gentle climb to bag Meall a Chrasgaidh, the Munro of your day!
- From here it is all downhill to the start, but the initial descent is very steep and care should be taken.
- There are no discernible paths to follow so test your navigation and head for the north east shore of Loch a’Mhadaidh where a good path back to the start point can be found.
Tips for the route: On any hike it is good advice to leave a copy of your route card at your campsite, B&B or hotel, to collect upon your return. If you should fail to return and collect your route card by a given time then the necessary services can be alerted and provided with details of your planned route, making their chances of finding you much easier.
Facilities on route and in the local area:
- Ardmair Point Campsite — Undoubtedly one of Scotland’s ‘hidden gems’ in camping locations with superb facilities. For more information see our Top 20 UK campsites.
- A choice of B&Bs, hostels and hotels in Ullapool, contact Tourist Information on 01862 810400.
- Ferryboat Inn — Ullapool, renowned for its warm welcome and fantastic food.
OS map required: OS Explorer (1:25 000) OL436, OS Landranger (1:50 000) 20
Other Info: The Munros — edited by DJ Bennett, published by the Scottish Mountaineering Council.