Glen Dessarry Circuit

Summary for Glen Dessarry Circuit

Glen Dessarry Circuit is a route in “The Glen Dessarry” region / range which is located in the Loch Eil to Glen Shiel 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 4:52 am
Sunset 9:43 pm
16 hours 50 minutes(s) daylight
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Sgurr nan Coireachan, Garbh Chioch Mhor & Sgurr na Chiche

DistanceAscentTime
26 km/ 16.16 miles1140 m/ 3740.16 ft8 hours plus
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The Glen Dessarry Circuit covers the 3 remote munros Sgurr nan Coireachan, Garbh Chioch Mhor & Sgurr na Chiche which are wild & rough and quite a way from any roads. Even with this routes remoteness there is a fairly clear path along the majority of the route and there is even a drystone wall running along part of the ridge to ease navigation.

Route points for Glen Dessarry Circuit

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NM987915254° WSW0.66 (0.66)From the end of the public road follow the private track into Glen Dessarry
NM98109140309° NW1.7 (2.36)Pass the riuned barracks and contunue upto "Glendessarry"
NM968925286° WNW1.8 (4.16)Contiunue past "Glendessarry" upto "Upper Glendessarry"
NM951931286° WNW2.27 (6.43)Just before "Upper Glendessarry" is reached leave the track & cross style marked "Sourlies Bothy"
NM9300939010° N1.66 (8.09)Just past "Allt Coire nan Uth" follow small path up southern ridge of "Sgurr nan Choireachan"
NM93399552349° N0.33 (8.42)Pass the first top marked with cairn & onto the summit of "Sgurr nan Choireachan"; Then continue west dropping to bealach
NM933958247° WSW0.58 (9)The summit Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glen Dessary) - 953 ( metres)
NM92809565280° W1.13 (10.13)From bealach there's a stone wall. Climb steeply onto "Garbh Chioch Beag"
NM91709590284° WNW0.79 (10.92)From "Garbh Chioch Beag" climb onto "Garbh Chioch Mhor" then drop steeply onto col beneath "Sgurr na Ciche"
NM909961310° NW0.48 (11.4)The summit Garbh Chioch Mhor - 1013 ( metres)
NM90609647293° WNW0.39 (11.79)From col climb onto "Sgurr na Ciche"; return to this col descend steeply to the south west
NM902966113° ESE0.39 (12.18)The summit Sgurr na Ciche - 1040 ( metres)
NM90509562114° ESE1.35 (13.53)From small burn follow down on wet grass to rejoin the path
NM91709500126° SE0.78 (14.31)Rejoin Path and continue back
NM93109380173° S6.06 (20.37)Continue back along to road
Munros covered on Glen Dessarry Circuit
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
92 1040 Sgurr na Ciche Rocky peak of the breast Skoor nuh Keechya
116 1013 Garbh Chioch Mhor Big rough breast Garav Cheeyerch Voar
213 953 Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glen Dessary) Rocky peak of the corries Skoor nern Korrachun