Hillwalking

Assynt is home to some of the UK’s most spectacular and awe-inspiring scenery.  Contrary to expectations, much of the area is flat, but it has some very sharp and prominent mountains jutting out of the land like great teeth, making for some breathtaking panoramas.

Stac Pollaidh draws hillwalkers from near and far.
Munros
Ben More Assynt (998m / 3274ft) is one of the most northerly Munros, meaning “big hill of the rocky ridge”, and connected to Conival by a high ridge.  It is quite exposed near the summit, but the views when you get there are second to none.
Ben More Assynt is indeed usually climbed with Conival (987m / 3238ft), sitting at a three-ridge intersection with a prominent cairn.  Conival means “adjoining hill”, and the usual route of ascent is from Gleann Dubh, from where a path climbs towards Beinn an Fhurain.
Corbetts
Capable of being climbed from Lochinver, or more directly from the A837 road, Canisp (847m / 2778ft) lies on South East to North West axis and means “roof”.
Quinag (meaning “milk bucket”) has three Corbett summits, Sail Garbh (808m / 2650ft) meaning “rough heel” which is the highest of the Quinag Corbetts, Spidean Coinich (764m / 2506ft) meaning “mossy peak” which is the lowest and most southerly of the Quinag Corbetts, and Sail Ghorm (776m / 2545ft) meaning “blue heel”.
Other Corbetts in the area are Glas Bheinn (Assynt) (776m / 2545ft) meaning “grey hill”, Breabag (815m / 2673ft) meaning “little back”, Beinn Leoid (792m / 2589 ft) meaning “sloping hill”, Cul Mor (849m / 2785ft) meaning “large back”, and Cul Beag (769m / 2522ft) meaning “little back”.
Suilven and Stac Polly
Two other mountains, probably more famous than any Munros or Corbetts in the area, have to be mentioned and simply cannot be missed.
Suilven (Caisteal Liath) (731m / 2398ft), meaning “the pillar”, is an iconic mountain sticking out of the earth like a large sugar loaf.  It is truly spectacular.
Stac Pollaidh (612m / 2007ft) meaning “the stack at the pool”, and often anglicised to Stac Polly, is unmistakable.  Full of gullies and pinnacles, this is a very popular mountain to climb.
Safety first
These mountains may not have the height of Alpine peaks, but you should not underestimate them or the very changeable weather they are subjected to.  It is not unheard of to have warm sunshine, rain, snow and fog all on the same day – even in the Summer!
You must be prepared for the terrain and for these weather changes.  You should only climb in sturdy hiking or climbing boots, and you must take waterproofs and emergency supplies.  Also take plenty of food and water – it is generally safe to drink from mountain streams, which are usually very clean, but you do so at your own risk.  A map, compass, and proficiency in their use, is a necessity.
Always check the mountain weather forecast before you head into the hills, and if it is winter or there has  been any snow falling or forecast, you should also check the avalanche forecast.  The area is served by an excellent mountain rescue team, but it is your responsibility to ensure you minimise the chances of an emergency which endangers their lives too.
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