The Saddle

Summary for The Saddle

The Saddle is an munro in Scotand and is located in the area Loch Eil to Glen Shiel as defined by SMC. (and lies in region known as Glen Shiel )

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HeightGrid Ref.PronunciationMeaning
1010 metres / 3314 feetNG936131The saddle
LocationAccess
Loch Eil to Glen ShielDochfour Estate, tel: 01599 511282
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Details for The Saddle

The Saddle is one of the great Scottish mountains; seen from the site of the Battle of Glen Shiel it forms (with Faochag) one of the best known views in the Highlands. It is in the Highland local government area, on the boundary between the counties of Inverness-shire and Ross and Cromarty.

The mountain provides exciting and challenging climbing. The traverse of the Forcan Ridge — in winter or summer — is one of the classic Scottish mountain expeditions.

The usual approach is to park beside the A87 just before the old quarry near Shiel Bridge. A stalker's path leads up westwards to a ridge at about 500 m, just below the outlying top of Biod an Fhithich. From here the route turns south and climbs steeper ground to the foot of the Forcan Ridge.

From here the route continues westwards up and over Sgurr nan Forcan and so up to the main summit. This section is often regarded one of the best ridge walks in Scotland. There is no technical rock-climbing on the ridge, but a good head for heights, appropriate footwear, and some scrambling ability are required. (In winter a rope may be needed to safeguard the descent from the ridge.)

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 descend back to the starting point, one can either retrace the ascent route, or drop south and then south east to reach the Bealach Coire Mhalagain, at NG944125 . From here one can continue to Sgurr na Sgine or follow the line of an old dry-stone dyke northeast to get back to the top of the stalker's path to Glen Shiel.

The walker not wishing to combine the ascent of The Saddle with Sgurr na Sgine will find that a rewarding day can be had by continuing westwards over the smaller tops of The Saddle and descending to Shiel Bridge about five kilometres northwest of the starting point above.

The number of registered munro-madness users who have climbed The Saddle is Twenty-Five

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Scunner marked The Saddle as bagged on Sun 20 May 2012
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soc079 marked The Saddle as bagged on Tue 27 Mar 2012
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spacemole marked The Saddle as bagged on Sun 04 Mar 2012
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Maria marked The Saddle as bagged on Mon 14 Nov 2011
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BMrider marked The Saddle as bagged on Fri 21 Oct 2011
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Brian marked The Saddle as bagged on Wed 21 Sep 2011
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billmyl marked The Saddle as bagged on Fri 26 Aug 2011
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alan marked The Saddle as bagged on Mon 02 May 2011
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reido_chris_@ho... marked The Saddle as bagged on Wed 01 Sep 2010
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Fhuaran marked The Saddle as bagged on Mon 17 May 2010
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Robroyston marked The Saddle as bagged on Tue 29 Sep 2009
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Terry marked The Saddle as bagged on Mon 24 Aug 2009
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Tim Hawkes marked The Saddle as bagged on Thu 30 Jul 2009
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grahammclaren marked The Saddle as bagged on Mon 13 Jul 2009