Access: Accessible via Tain or Ullapool.
Route: The south ridge of Ben More is a narrow, scenic ridge with several time-consuming, exposed pinnacles which are easy in dry conditions, but become dangerous in two or three places when wet. The ridge is well worth the effort and far more interesting than just taking the route over Conival in each direction. There's slow terrain for most of the ascent route where there's no path marked on the map: either there's no path over grass, heather & peat (for low level parts) or there's a path over endless rocks (on the ridges). However, there is a clear rocky or squelchy and peaty "tourist" path for all the descent. On the upper descent from Conival one should definitely stick firmly to the ridge path continuing it almost to the bealach before descending into the corrie. Any deviation runs into very difficult, unstable scree.
A trip up Breabag (a Corbett) can be included as a "warm-up". Including Breabag adds 5.9 kms in distance and 415m of ascent to the route: 1220m = 4000' & 21.0 kms = 13 miles without Breabag, and 1635m = 5365' & 27.0 kms = 17 miles with Breabag.
Apparently, one can omit Carn nan Conbhairean by ascending N of Dubh Loch Mor, but including it makes for a much more interesting walk.
Follow a circular route in either direction according to weather.
Comments: There is Orange connectivity at the first layby on A837 to the south of Inchnadamph but not in Inchnadamph itself.
The area is of high geological interest, as noted by Leeds University's School of Earth and Environment.
|0740||0700||Park opp. Inchnadamph Hotel, just S of bridge.||70||0||0.0 kms||NC25062153||No Orange|
|—||0745||EITHER Walk 3.9kms/2.4miles S on A837 to P||138||70||3.9 kms||NC25281787|
|Path E/SE by Allt nan Uamh to caves||300||230||6.1kms||NC27061700|
|—||ESE up burn to NC283165||620||550||7.4 kms||NC28331653|
|SSE to C Breabag||818||750||8.3 kms||NC28611572||Orange|
|—||1015||NNE to col between lochans||625||9.7 kms||NC29261700|
|—||1045||N to Breabag N top (subsidiary top 400m to N)||718||855||10.7 kms||NC29201795|
|—||NNE to pt 649 (bypassed to E)||649||NC29491882|
|—||1120||ENE to E end of bealach||500||855||12.3 kms||NC30301905|
|—||OR Cross to N end of bridge,
& take track E by R. Traligill to path fork
|0930||—||Take right fork of path over river to see caves,
and continue up Allt a' Bhealaich to col
Contour round E to outlet from Dubh Loch Mor
|Go round S end of lochan and continue SSE
gaining height below cliffs until the slope relents
enough for a steep ascent E to the ridge
and N up the ridge to Carn nan Conbhairean.
|1313||N to col||805||NC32421867|
|N along narrow ridge to T Ben More S Top
(There is one awkward exposed move on this section)
|NNW on narrow ridge to M Ben More Assynt
There are a couple of short exposed sections before
the col where care is essential, but the ridge is
perfectly straight-forward after the col.
|1430||W down ridge passed minor top (400m) to col||885||1530||18.9 kms||NC30892004|
|WSW up to M Conival||987||1630||19.5 kms||NC30301991||Orange|
|NW/N to bealach
(Go almost as far as the bealach)
|W into upper corrie, then SW to Gleann Dubh||360||22.15kms||NC29002040|
|Path W down Gleann Dubh to fork in path||175||24.15kms||NC27072102|
|Path NW by R. Traligill to track end||160||24.9kms||NC26612145|
|1645||Track NW to Glenbain Cottages||140||NC26402165|
|1620||1705||Track NW/WSW to parking at Inchnadamph||70||1635||26.9 kms||NC25062153||No Orange|