North Shiel Ridge Eastern Circuit

Summary for North Shiel Ridge Eastern Circuit

North Shiel Ridge Eastern Circuit is a route in “The Five Sisters of Kintail” region / range which is located in the Glen Affric and Kintail area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

On this route you return by same way

Sunrise 8:20 am
Sunset 5:49 pm
9 hours 29 minutes(s) daylight
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Ciste Dhubh, Aonach Meadhoin, Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg & Saileag

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22 km/ 13.67 miles1510 m/ 4954.07 ft6 hours plus
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North Shiel Ridge Eastern Circuit is a full days demaning route which takes in the 3 munros on the eastern section of the North Shiel Ridge sometimes called the 3 brothers & also adding the loney hill of Ciste Dhubh.

Route points for North Shiel Ridge Eastern Circuit

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NH08201180324° NW2.02 (2.02)Follow the private track into “An Caorann Beag” along the west side of the vally
NH07101350319° NW1.64 (3.66)Continue up to Bealach a'Choinich boggy in places to the foot of Ciste Dhubh southern nose
NH06101480N1.04 (4.7)Form Bealach a'Choinich climb steeply onto ridge climbing onto minro top
NH06261583352° N0.54 (5.24)Climb over or skirt this minor top (877)
NH06211637N0.28 (5.52)From (929) climb the summit and return to Bealach a'Choinich
NH062166184° S0.28 (5.8)The summit Ciste Dhubh - 979 ( metres)
NH06001470214° SW0.91 (6.71)Climb the steep grassy slopes of Sgurr an Fhuarail. Higher up a path appears
NH05451396243° WSW0.55 (7.26)From Sgurr an Fhuarail (cairn) onto the summit of Aonach Meadhoin. The dop down to the ridge round the head of Coire nan Eun
NH049137276° W1.01 (8.27)The summit Aonach Meadhoin - 1001 ( metres)
NH03941390315° NW0.59 (8.86)Climb on to Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg. The summit cairn lies 100m northeast of the main ridge on an impressive rocky spur
NH035143274° W1.18 (10.04)The summit Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg - 1036 ( metres)
NH02371450295° WNW0.71 (10.75)Continue along the ridge onto Saileag then down to Sgurr an Fhuarail the low part of the ridge
NH017148248° WSW0.89 (11.64)The summit Saileag - 956 ( metres)
NH00901455175° S0.67 (12.31)From Bealach an Lapaich descend steeply
NH00921388211° SSW0.3 (12.61)Continue descending can be muddy underfoot
NH00751363122° ESE2.08 (14.69)Back to the road
Munros covered on North Shiel Ridge Eastern Circuit
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
96 1036 Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg Rocky peak of the red pass Skoor uh Veeyakkach Year-ick
135 1001 Aonach Meadhoin Middle ridge Ernoch Veeyann
173 979 Ciste Dhubh Black chest Keeshtyer Ghoo
205 956 Saileag Little or notched heel Sarlak