Access: From Roundabout at Nevis Bridge in Fort William,
take road up Glen Nevis. Park at P on right at Achriabhach just before road crosses R.Nevis.
Route: The Mamores are best divided into two longish days of fairly equal length. The division point is quite natural and gives two excellent walks. This is one of them, and the other is here.
This may sometimes be easier in the opposite direction because of terrain, finding path and prevailing wind direction. Then start as follows: From the track end at Achriabhach, follow the path up along the edge of the forest parallel to the river as far as the hairpin bend in the forestry track NN140680. Then follow the track NW almost to the Allt a'Choire Riabhaich. A recently improved path starts goes up through the forest a little above the river, emerging at a stile over the deer fence, and then bearing SSE along the fence up to the ridge at NN134676. The path is very poor & boggy for several hundred yards above the stile.
Weather 17/10/05: 14°C at car. Windy and full cloud cover, cloud base 800m, but dry all day except for a couple of short light showers in afternoon. Good paths on "Ring of Steall", but increasingly poor to west of this.
Weather 14/5/09: Sunny day, almost no cloud, no ground snow, strong bitter E wind.
Weather 10/6/15: A dry, sunny day with cool breeze. 22°C at car at end of day.
|0735||0805||0715||Lower Falls Car Park at Achriabhach, NN143684.
Exit car park onto road, cross bridge over Allt
Coire a'Mhusgain and ascend SE by obvious good,
well-maintained path up NW ridge of Sgurr A' Mhaim.
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|0755||0825||Take left fork at about 200m alt. to go up ridge path.
(The fork is easy to miss.)
|0830||0750||SE to gate in new deer fence|
|0850||0910||Climb ridge SE to stalkers' path
across Sron Sgurr Mhaim
|0925||Continue SE to M Sgurr A' Mhaim
(Much of this
ascent is over impressive but loose white scree, so some
walkers may prefer this route in the opposite direction.)
|1099||1050||1.65 miles||No Orange|
S along Devil's Ridge to Bealach a'Chip.
(An easy grass
path almost everywhere; no scrambling or pinnacles.)
|1025||1040||S to T Stob Choire Mhail (no cairn)||990||1115||2.15 miles|
|1050||1005||S to col||924|
|1040||1100||1015||SE to T Sgorr an Iubhair||1001||1190||2.45 miles||Orange|
|1055||1115||1030||SE down ridge to col||880|
|ESE/E to M Am Bodach||1032||1345||3.25 miles||No Orange|
|1120||Return W/WNW to col.
(Path from corrie is clear here)
|—||1210||—||Either: Continue W for about 200m then
leave ridge path, and bear left on rising path
round corrie to ridge below Sgorr an Iubhair.
|Or: NW to T Sgorr an Iubhair
(if not possible to find path avoiding summit.)
|—|| SW down knife-edge ridge for 300yds,
to meet path contouring from col to east.
|1230||1235||Then: Path W dn to col with view of lochan.
Follow the corrie rim on compass bearing if necessary
as paths are patchy.
|1240||1207||W to bealach at path leaving northwards||755||1465||4.6 miles|
|Path W to M Stob Ban||999||1700||5.22 miles||Orange|
NNW for 500yds to ridge split NN14636576
(Not easy in cloud to find this point for turning W)
|1350||1350||1320||Descend W to col at boundary fence||846|
|1400||1400||1335||W to cairns on minor top NN13926577||912||1770|
|1415||1340||SW to cairn NN13796562||913||1770||6.45 miles|
|1425||WSW to col||875||6.9 miles|
|1420||1355||W to cairn, T Mullach nan Coirean, SE top||917||1810||6.45 miles|
|1410||NNW to bump then WNW to col||850|
|Either NW to M Mullach nan Coirean||939||1900||7.25 miles||Orange|
|—||—||Or (Optional detour: 1.2 miles, 40m ascent extra)
Contour WSW below Mullach nan Coirean to col
|—||W to Meall a' Chaorainn||910||1850||7.8 miles||Orange|
|—||—||Return E to col||875|
|—||NE to M Mullach nan Coirean||939||1940||8.45 miles||Orange|
|1550||1515||Then NNE for 500 yds,
then ENE/NNE down ridge to fence
|1535||Continue NNE to bend in fence||500|
|1610||1625||1550||Follow terrible wet peaty path by deer fence
NNW down to stile at Allt a'Choire Riabhaich
|1600||Follow good path NNE through forest to forestry track
(Now much improved after timber felling.)
|1645||SE on forestry track to fork NN13786820|
|1640||1650||1607||SE along left track to hairpin bend
at Allt a'Choire Dheirg NN14026799
|1650||1655||Excellent path down forest edge to road at Achriabhach||55|
|1655||1700||1615||Road E back to Lower Falls car park||50||1900||10.05 miles||No Orange|