Kit: With the size of this walk, a head torch and spare batteries
are a necessity at one or both ends of the day.
Route: Be aware that the long walk-in to Barrisdale includes a minimum of about 350m ascent and the same again on the walk out: it's a fairly level path around the coast almost as far as Skiary, but then an unnecessary rise to 40m before the descent to 20m just after Skiary; a rise to 105m, down to 10m, then rise to 115m above Runival; then down to 20m, up to 30m, and down to 10m at Coalas Mor; up to 90m then down to the track beside the shore at Barrisdale Bay.
Wild camping at Barrisdale before and after would decrease the total ascent and distance, and the mountains could then easily be divided into two one day walks if one day were not enough.
There is a choice of route from Barrisdale up to Luinne Bheinn via either Mam Barrisdale or Mam Unndalain. Clearly one can omit some of the Munros if the exertion or weather prove too much.
Some change may be needed for the location below of parking at Kinloch Hourn. From aerial views, the best parking seems to be on the left just passed Lochournhead House, approx NG950066.
There are alternatives to the long walk-in from Kinloch Hourn. One can hire a boat from Arnisdale to Barrisdale and camp there. But the easiest choice is probably to start from Inverie and take two days over the ascents: Luinne Bheinn & Meall Buidhe on one day, and Ladhar Bheinn with its top on the other.
NB: The only road to Kinloch Hourn was blocked by a landslip in November 2018 (see the Mountaineering Scotland website). It appears to have been re-opened in April 2019 (see the comments on the AGU and CoastalWalker websites).
Connectivity: Orange on both tops of Luinne Bheinn, and on Aonach Sgoilte, but weak on Ladhar Bheinn, and very weak on Meall Buidhe. No Orange on Stob a'Choire Odhair or at Kinloch Hourn.
|0525||0045||Park at Kinloch Hourn||0||0||0.0 miles||NG94880664|
|0115||Bridge above Skiary||40||40||1.45 miles||NG92950700|
|0135||Top of first big rise (just after Skiary)||105||130||1.95 miles||NG92210674|
|0155||Top of second big rise (at Runival)||115||230||2.5 miles||NG91440653|
|0210||Bridge (over stream 800m E of Caolas Mor)||5||255||3.6 miles||NG89800648|
|0250||Bridge (over stream 500m W of Caolas Mor)||30||315||4.5 miles||NG88500603|
|0300||Top of third & final rise||90||375||4.8 miles||NG88030593|
|0310||Track at path end, Barrisdale||0||375||5.3 miles||NG87290589|
|0745||0335||Track to bridge at Barrisdale Bay||0||385||6.5 miles||NG87110414|
|0900||–||EITHER: Path S/SSE up Gleann Unndalain to
bealach Mam Unndalain
|1010||–||SW/WSW/W/NW to T Luinne Bheinn – E top||937||1325||10.05 miles||NG87280072|
|–||W to col||915||10.1 miles||NG87150068|
|OR: Path SSW to Mam Barrisdale||450||835||8.7 miles||NG85590177|
|1015||0600||THEN: NW resp. E/SE to M Luinne Bheinn – W top||939||1350||10.25 miles||NG86950078|
|Return SE to col||915||10.4 miles||NG87150068|
|1030||0610||Back E to T Luinne Bheinn – E top||937||1380||10.5 miles||NG87280072|
|1050||0635||SSE then SW to bealach||675||10.9 miles||NG87140016|
|0705||Continue S and skirt Meall Coire na
Gaoithe'n Ear (path nearly to top 839)
|1130||0720||Veer WSW to Bealach Ile Coire||715||11.8 miles||NM86229922|
|1205||0805||SW up ridge to T Meall Buidhe SE Top||942||1790||12.45 miles||NM85279876|
|NW to col||910||12.6 miles||NM85059881|
|1210||0815||N to M Meall Buidhe||946||1830||12.75 miles||NM84909897|
|Return S to col||910||12.9 miles||NM85059881|
|1230||0825||Return SE to T Meall Buidhe SE Top||942||1860||13.05 miles||NM85279876|
|1250||0850||Descend ridge NE to Bealach Ile Coire||715||13.5 miles||NM85979911|
|1315||0920||Descend N to lochan||550||1840||14.1 miles||NM86229993|
|Contour N to Mam Barrisdale bealach||450||1865||15.5 miles||NG85590177|
|NW to Stob a Chearcaill (or the col SW of it)||835||2260||16.5 miles||NG84570296|
|SW to col||805||16.66 miles||NG84310286|
|1500||1140||SW to Aonach Sgoilte||849||2305||16.85 miles||NG84020272|
|1515||1200||NW to Bealach Coire Dhorrcail||705||2315||17.25 miles||NG83520311|
|1225||NW to point 858||858||2465||17.5 miles||NG83210332|
|NW to col||820||17.55 miles||NG83140336|
|1235||NW to top||845||2490||17.7 miles||NG82980348|
|NW over several tops to final col||820||2500||17.8 miles||NG82900362|
|1610||1310||NW to M Ladhar Bheinn (E end of ridge)||1020||2685||18.2 miles||NG82400398|
|Continue NW along summit ridge to col||995||18.3 miles||NG82230408|
|1615||1320||NW to Ladhar Bheinn, trig post at W end of ridge||1010||2700||18.4 miles||NG82140414|
|Return along summit ridge SE to col||995||18.45 miles||NG82230408|
|1630||1330||SE to M Ladhar Bheinn||1020||2730||18.6 miles||NG82400398|
|Turn to NE and descend ridge to col||915||18.9 miles||NG82820421|
|1645||1345||Continue NE to T Stob a'Choire Odhair||960||2775||19.0 miles||NG83000433|
|Descend NE ridge initially, then cut directly
SE down to burn at sheilings
|1845||1625||Path SE above Allt Coire Dhorreail, SE round
headland to bridge at Barrisdale Bay, L. Hourn
|1650||N on track to path end 1km N of Barrisdale||0||2875||23.5 miles||NG87290589|
|1720||Bridge over stream 500m W of Caolas Mor||30||2955||24.3 miles||NG88500603|
|1800||Bridge over stream 800m E of Caolas Mor||5||2955||25.2 miles||NG89800648|
|1905||Bridge on path above Skiary||40||3230||27.35 miles||NG92950700|
|2115||1945||Path E along L. Hourn to car at Kinloch Hourn||0||3230||28.8 miles||NG94880664|