From Lairg take the A836 north. At the A838 turnoff, continue on the single track A836 for
Altnaharra: 10.7 miles N to Crask Inn, then 1.9 miles more to the layby before the bridge
at NC533272 in Strath Vagastie. This is 1km after a sharp bend to the right at the head of the strath,
and just after the forestry on both sides stops, on the left first, then on the right.
Route: Easy grass/peat track all the way, even for contouring round Creag an Lochain, but mostly boggy, especially for the first mile and at col to E of Cnoc Sgriodain where there are peat hacks – so avoid if wet. No rocks to speak of: grass moorland throughout except a few rocks on pull-up after A'Chioch.
The standard route starts at the Crask Inn. The path from there to the slopes of Ben Klibreck may make that route a better choice. The route here is a little shorter but is probably otherwise very similar.
Comment: This can be combined with Ben Hope (half an hour's drive further north) in one day, but a starting point further north would be better for that.
Weather (12/7/07): Warm – 18°C; Dry but cloud down to 900m; no wind.
Layby on A836 immediately S of Bridge in Strath Vagastie,
2 miles after Crask, 5 miles before Atnaharra (Orange)
|Due E along track to Cnoc Sgriodain (2 cairns 200m apart)||544||350||2 kms||NC55242708|
|1200||NE to col, NE end||487||2.8 kms||NC55882745|
|1205||E to cairn||525||385||3.2 kms||NC56222744|
|1130||E to halfway point||580||440||3.6 kms||NC566274|
|1225||E to start of path contouring N round Creag an Lochain||700||570||4.0 kms||~NC56972759|
|1145||E to cairn on boundary corner on Carn an Fheidh||725||590||4.25 kms||NC57202760|
|EITHER: Ascend Creag an Lochain
good horizontal path N (on boundary) towards col
|1210||1250||N to col||688||617||5.85 kms||NC57662913|
|1305||Path N/NNE over A'Chioch to col||735||675||6.67 kms||NC57942984|
|N then E to M Ben Klibreck:
Meall nan Con (Orange)
|1350||Return by ascent route: W to col before A'Chioch||735||7.85 kms||NC57942984|
|1320||1400||S over A'Chioch to col||688||910||8.7 kms||NC57662913|
|1345||1425||EITHER: S over Creag an Lochain
OR: path contouring
along its W side S to Boundary Cairn at Carn an Fheidh
|1435||W down to cairn before bealach||525||11.4 kms||NC56222744|
|1440||WSW to col||487||11.7 kms||NC55882745|
|1425||1455||SW to Cnoc Sgriodain (2 cairns)||544||1035||12.45 kms||NC55242708|
|1455||1525||Layby on A836 just S of Bridge (Orange)||195||1035||14.5 kms||NC53242712|