Beinn Eighe, Tor­ri­don

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

Tor­ri­don is a place both spectacular and scary, as any­one who’s gazed at Liathach’s tur­reted arêtes will tell you, but this band of peaks is also home to Bri­tain’s only way­marked moun­tain walk, a four-mile loop on Beinn Eighe. While it’s achiev­able, it’s no walk in the park, as one of the many terrains it ex­plores is near-ver­ti­cal quartzite. From Loch Ma­ree you climb by the pines and birches of a for­est that has been here for 9000 years and helped earn Beinn Eighe the first Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve gong in 1951. Lush turns lu­nar as you break the tree­line and the route through the crush of pale quartzite takes fo­cus, to hit its top at Con­ser­va­tion Cairn at just over 1800 feet. The higher ridges of Beinn Eighe spi­der the sky­line, be­hind which lurk Liathach and Beinn Al­li­gin, be­fore the de­scent tips you steeply through a ver­dant gorge, with the bulk of Slioch across the loch. WALK HERE: Find Beinn Eighe at www.lfto.com/bonus­routes or pick up an info-packed leaflet at the car park.

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