Mam Sodhail, Cairn Eige & Beinn Fhionnlaidh

Summary for Mam Sodhail, Cairn Eige & Beinn Fhionnlaidh

Mam Sodhail, Cairn Eige & Beinn Fhionnlaidh is a route in “The Glen Affric” region / range which is located in the Glen Affric and Kintail 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 6:07 am
Sunset 8:38 pm
14 hours 31 minutes(s) daylight
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27 km/ 16.78 miles1940 m/ 6364.83 ft9 hours plus
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The 3 munros Mam Sodhail, Cairn Eige & Beinn Fhionnlaidh on this route lie deep in a wilderness between Loch Mullardoch & Loch Affric and offer a very strenuous but rewarding day on the hills. They are far from any roads and prized munros to bagged like The Fisherfield Six which is quite an achievement. Apart from the shear distance on this circuit the long ridge to Beinn Fhionnlaidh has to be reversed once you've climbed this distant munro and there's a lot of height gained doing this.

Route points for Mam Sodhail, Cairn Eige & Beinn Fhionnlaidh

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NH20052335256° WSW1.37 (1.37)From the carpark follow the private track to Afric Lodge
NH18702310351° N0.9 (2.27)Just before the buildings turn right onto a lesser used track for about 1km
NH18612400261° W0.87 (3.14)The path then changes direction to the left for another 1km
NH17742391266° W1.83 (4.97)Look for a faint path where the track doubles back on itself. And head towards the eastern ridge of Sgurr na Lapaich
NH15902390306° NW0.64 (5.61)Contiune upto the top Srugg na Lapaich passing a smaller cairn with the top marked by a larger cairn
NH15402430274° W0.9 (6.51)Continue over the stony summit of "Srugg na Lapaich" then along the ridge towards "Mam Sodhail"
NH14502440285° WNW0.63 (7.14)Over the minor top Cos Raineach
NH13902460289° WNW1.99 (9.13)Over the minro top Point 996 Onto "Marn Sodhail" marked with a huge summit cairn
NH120253349° N0.46 (9.59)The summit Mam Sodhail - 1181 ( metres)
NH1198258036° NE0.57 (10.16)Climb up from col onto Carn Eige's summit. Then drop quite steeply over rocks & scree nnw from summit
NH123262310° NW0.54 (10.7)The summit Carn Eige - 1183 ( metres)
NH11952660342° NNW0.92 (11.62)Continue on passing point 917 on the map and dropping to Bealach Beag
NH11722750344° NNW0.76 (12.38)from "Bealach Beag" climb the summit of Beinn Fhionlaidh. The return to Carn Eige
NH115282164° SSE0.76 (13.14)The summit Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Glen Affric) - 1005 ( metres)
NH1236261885° E0.42 (13.56)Drop down to the col on the east side of "Carn Eige"
NH1278262049° NE0.49 (14.05)From the col climb the rounded shoulder Point 1147
NH13172650106° ESE0.88 (14.93)From the top Point 1147 go around the head of Loch a' Choire Dhomhain. This ridge is quite narrow and offers good view over the loch
NH1400262168° ENE0.48 (15.41)Continue around onto next point passing through shattered pinnacles
NH14452637101° N1.08 (16.49)Just before "Point 1131" descend via spur southwest then a path leads back northwestly dropping into the corrie
NH1550261097° E1.81 (18.3)Join the top of the stalkers path and follow it
NH1729257979° E0.83 (19.13)Cross the river via a ford
NH18112591181° S1.61 (20.74)at the path junction head southerly down across moorland
NH18002430211° SSW0.47 (21.21)contiune down eventually passing the point where the ascent started. Then follow the track back to the car park.
Munros covered on Mam Sodhail, Cairn Eige & Beinn Fhionnlaidh
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
12 1183 Carn Eige File hill Karn Ayr
14 1181 Mam Sodhail Large rounded hill of the barn Maam Sowell
128 1005 Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Glen Affric) Findlay's hill Bine Ee-yoonly