Ballachulish Horseshoe

Climb the three 'Sgorrs' on this classic Highland circuit.

  • 50 British pounds

About this event

In my opinion, the Ballachulish Horseshoe is the finest circuit in these parts. The traverse of the two Munro summits of Beinn a Bheithir has something for everyone. It isn't the highest, the biggest, nor does it have the iconic status of some of it's close neighbours. None the less, the prominence of the mountain at the northern end of Glen Coe, overlooking Bishops Bay and the Ballachulish narrows ensure that the views, in all directions are breathtaking. Then there is the fine, high level ridge adjoining Sgorr Dhearg from nearby Sgorr Bhan, and the exhilarating yet easy scramble to the summit of Sgorr Dhonuill. Coupled with the ease of access, and plethora of route choices you will soon realise why this mountain ranks so highly. Ok, so maybe I'm just a little bit bias. Those who have read the 'About' section on my website will know that I live at the foot of the mountain in the nearby village of Kentallen. I've climbed the mountain by every route imaginable and know it's secrets intimately. Starting from Glenachulish, we follow fine forest tracks, gaining height easily to get the first close-up of the days objective. Seen from here, the peak to our left is Sgorr Dhearg and to our right is Sgorr Dhonuill, partially hidden behind a shapely subsidiary peak known as the Dragon's Tooth from which the golf course at the foot of the glen gains its name. Continuing to the bealach, our objectives are now close at hand. We will tackle Sgorr Dhonuil first and enjoy some mild exposure and a very easy scramble on the final steep rise to the summit. I have counted over 100 Munros summits from this lofty perch. It's a place where I can sit for hours. Heading now to our second Munro, Sgorr Dhearg. The terrain is easier here and follows an obvious, zig-zag path over fine red screes with give the peak its name. Another outstanding viewpoint rewards the physical effort with Ben Nevis the Mamores and the Glencoe peaks particularly prominent. Online booking is available on the following dates: Sat 9th Apr 22 Fri 17th Jun 22 Wed 27th Jul 22 Wed 17th Aug 22 Sat 29th Oct 22 For more information about our route and the terrain, the level of difficulty, the amount of experience required and level of fitness, please follow the 'Useful Info' link on the Menu bar at the top of the site homepage. Here you will also find the 'Kit List' link providing recommendations on essential kit you will need to bring with you.

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