Walk19 – Ben Mor Coigach


As for Walk 12, leave the car at Culnacraig and make your way up the broad shoulder between the Allt a’Choire Reidh and the Allt nan Coisiche. The going is rough and the steepest section is near the beginning, but before long the gradient eases.

Follow the crest of the ridge as closely as possible to obtain the best views and make your way into the col between Sgurr an Fhidleir and Ben More Coigach itself.

The views northwards over the head of the col between the two peaks are spectacular with the tremendous rock faces of Sgurr an Fhidleir to the left, the long Sgorr Deas ridge of Beinn an Eoin ahead and Lochan Tuath 2000 feet below. Your route lies to the right across the headwaters of Allt nan Coisiche and up the gravelly north west shoulder of Ben More Coigach. Keep as close to the northern precipices as you can and follow the cliffs round in a clockwise direction. In due course the satellite peak Speiceinn Coinnich (2342 feet) can be seen joined to Ben More Coigach by a narrow and spectacular ridge. To the south, Loch Broom and Strath Kanaird can be seen across the rocky moorland.

There are superb views of the inland mountains stretching away to the south and east, the Lochaber peaks and the Cuillins being visible on a clear day.

The ridge narrows, rising to the jagged crest of Speicein nan Garbh Choireachan and though a track leads to its summit and beyond, this is strictly for those with steady heads and prepared for a rough scramble from the end of the ridge down to Culnacraig. (This route must not be undertaken in doubtful weather conditions or high winds).

Alternatively, from the col separating Ben More Coigach from Speiceinn nan Garbh Choireachan make your way north east to the summit cairn of Ben More Coigach itself (2149 feet) which is set well back from the main ridge. From here descend once more to the col at the head of the Allt na Coisiche and make your way down the shoulder to Culnacraig.

GOING: Steep and Rough