Conival, Ben More Assynt & Southern Top

Summary for Conival, Ben More Assynt & Southern Top

Conival, Ben More Assynt & Southern Top is a route in “The Inchnadamph” region / range which is located in the Coigach to Cape Wrath area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

This is a mainly circular route but there are parts where you need to retrace your footsteps

Sunrise 4:22 am
Sunset 10:22 pm
17 hours 59 minutes(s) daylight
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20 km/ 12.43 miles1320 m/ 4330.71 ft8 Hours plus
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The main A837 road through Assynt divides the unusual western sandstone peaks (Suilven, Cul Mor & Canisp) from a long line of eastern quartzite peaks. This eastern massif rises higher than the westerly peaks and boasts a couple of munros covered here.
These are rough, rocky peaks on their upper slopes covered with angular quartzite stones & scree giving rough walking. It is quite a moderate route starting on a good path to start with which gets boggy further up turning into breif easy scambling onto the col giving an excellent days outing.

The sharp arête is quite tricky to negotiate in places and has been flatteringly compared to the Aonach Eagach, with several unexpectedly awkward moves across exposed slabs requiring care (especially when wet).

These munros are composed of Lewisian gneiss which is one of the oldest rocks in Europe.

Route points for Conival, Ben More Assynt & Southern Top

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NC25002178107° ESE0.15 (0.15)Start from the carpark at Inchnadamph
NC2514217463° ENE0.15 (0.3)Head up the private roadway passig several cottages
NC25882196124° SE0.82 (1.12)Continue over the wooden bridge
NC27012103107° ESE0.64 (1.76)When the path divides, take the left hand side which stays close to the north bank of River Traligill
NC2896204554° NE0.45 (2.21)Stay on the north side of Gleann Dubh, which becomes narrower and steeper-sided.
NC2934207040° NE0.73 (2.94)Head for the col between Beinn an Fhurain and Conival
NC29942090172° S0.65 (3.59)Head for the lowest point of the col where the rocks are the lowest
NC30102003138° SE0.19 (3.78)Climb the broad quartzite ridge onto the summit of Conival. Continue on to the east over blocks untils a path is reached
NC3022198768° ENE0.48 (4.26)The summit Conival - 987 ( metres)
NC3067200385° E0.39 (4.65)Continue along the ridge which is rocky and narrow in places
NC3142201298° E0.3 (4.95)Continue up to the twin cairned summit of Ben More Assynt
NC31722007149° SSE0.1 (5.05)The summit Ben More Assynt - 998 ( metres)
NC31971988158° SSE0.3 (5.35)Pass Crags while dropping onto bealach
NC32071960136° SE0.23 (5.58)From Bealach climb onto the southern top
NC32311927167° SSE0.11 (5.69)Ben More Assynt - South Top
NC32331916183° S0.19 (5.88)Descend steeply onto a col above Dubh Loch Mor (A decent directly from here is not recommended)
NC32341858157° SSE0.31 (6.19)From Col climb to Carn nan Conbhairean
NC32451829190° S0.27 (6.46)From Carn nan Conbhairean (868m) descend steeply which leads to the pass between Breabag & Conival
NC31991807326° NW0.92 (7.38)Continue on the western side of Dubh Loch Mor
NC31521886275° W0.33 (7.71)Head down the pass following the dry bed of Alt a' Bhealaich
NC30111920289° WNW0.33 (8.04)Descend quite steeply continuing right down eventually to the caves by Traligill River
NC29421950297° WNW0.63 (8.67)Continue along Alt a' Bhealaich
NC27572031328° NNW0.39 (9.06)Join the major path which leads past the Caves
NC27382066312° NW0.52 (9.58)Pass the caves and head back down Gleann Dubh to Inchnadamph
Munros covered on Conival, Ben More Assynt & Southern Top
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
141 998 Ben More Assynt Big hill of the rocky ridge Ben More Assynt
158 987 Conival Adjoining hill Kon-eye-val