Scottish Wilderness - Glenshiel Saddle

3 Days

Price from: £599.00

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Trekking
Wilderness

Offering some great high rocky scrambles

  • Scottish Wilderness - Glenshiel Saddle image
  • Highlights
  • Magnificent rocky scramble
  • Climb the Forcan Ridge
  • Cross The Saddle's twin peaks
  • Traverse the peaks skirting Coire Uaine
Here is an opportunity to truly get away from it all for a long weekend. You will be picked up from Inverness airport on a Friday and transferred to you accommodation. The next day you will undertake this demanding mountain walk with the help of an experienced mountain guide. On Sunday you will be returned to the airport for your flight home.

Flights are available to Inverness from:

Luton, Gatwick or Bristol with Easyjet
Gatwick, Southampton, Birmingham or Manchester with Flybe

Activity Information

Glenshiel Saddle by Forcan Ridge
Location: Above west side of Glen Shiel, western Highlands.
Length: 15km / 9.33 miles
Ascent: 1365m / 4480ft
Time: 9 hours

Difficulty: The Forcan Ridge is a magnificent rocky scramble of considerable exposure and interest; climbed directly it is Scrambling Grade 2; however, by choosing the easier line it can be done at Scrambling Grade 1. The high ridge that curves round Coire Uaine provides no technical difficulties, although it is undulating and of some length it can be made shorter and easier by using a stalker's path.        

Seasons
: Summer conditions may be expected from May to September and winter conditions from October to April.

Comment
: In an area which is unsurpassed for the quality of its ridge walks, this is the most challenging and aesthetic of them all. Heading west on the 'Road to the Isles', before you reach Loch Duich and the famous island castle of Eilean Donnan, before the Kyle of Lochalsh and the magical Island of Skye, you will come to Glenshiel. It divides two sublime areas of mountains, both famed for their outstanding ridge walks: to the south Glenshiel, and to the north Kintail and its famous Five Sisters. The outing described here lies within the Glenshiel group and is considered by many to be the most challenging and rewarding ridge walk of the region: to climb the steep, slender, rocky nose of the Forcan Ridge, to cross the (apparent) twin peaks of The Saddle, and finally to traverse the peaks skirting the sharp-rimmed basin of Coire Uaine - this is a truly glorious expedition.

The Saddle is one of the great Scottish mountains; seen from the site of the Battle of Glen Shiel it forms one of the best known views in the Highlands. The Saddle has two summits: the westerly one has a trig point, but it is not obvious which one is the true summit. Munro baggers had better climb both to be sure.

The summits: Meallan Odhar - 615m / 2018ft, Sgurr nan Forcan - 958m / 3143ft, The Saddle/ Sgor na Diollard - 1010m / 3314ft, Spidean Dhomhuill Bhric - 940m / 3084ft, Sgurr Leac nan Each - 919m / 3015ft, Sgurr a' Gharg Gharaidh - 683m / 2241ft

Pre-requisite:
This package is designed for pre-formed groups of 4-6 people. It is a pre-requisite that you have a good level of fitness and/or summer mountain walking experience. Dates may also be available mid-week upon request.

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Inverness where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

Day 2

Climb Glenshiel Saddle by Forcan Ridge with an experienced mountain guide.
Return to accommodation.

Day 3

Return to airport for flight home.

What's Included?

  • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Packed Lunch
  • Vehicle hire and driver/support guide
  • Qualified & experienced mountain guide
  • Transfers to/from airport
  • Discount outdoor clothing voucher for Cotswold Outdoor and Montane

Not Included

  • Flights to Inverness

Information

Price is per person based on a group of 6, prices for groups of 4 or 5 will be higher. Please specify group size at time of booking.

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