Walk of the month

A’Mhaighdean: a cas­tle of a moun­tain

Trail (UK) - - CONTENTS - A'Mhaighdean catch­ing the light over Dubh Loch. MARK GREEN­WOOD MARK@VANISHINGPOINTS.NET


Let’s start with the first stum­bling block: it’s pro­nounced ‘A-vye-jen’. The sec­ond is nowhere near as quickly or eas­ily over­come, and that’s the fact that this moun­tain is a long, long way from any­where. One of the most com­mon walk-ins starts is at Shenavall, a re­mote bothy seven kilo­me­tres from a road. From there it’s a fur­ther 12 hard kilo­me­tres to the sum­mit. Which, of course, is only half way – you still need to get back.

It is un­doubt­edly, though, worth the trip. A’Mhaighdean is a be­he­moth, con­nected by sad­dles and passes to a huge area of high ground, with noth­ing around it but water, rock and alpine veg­e­ta­tion. Reach­ing it is un­ques­tion­ably an ex­pe­di­tion, but when you get there the views are just as large. Be­cause of the epic dis­tance, go­ing overnight and in­clud­ing a sum­mit camp is a good way to do it. This makes the trip more man­age­able and ups the odds of wit­ness­ing an early-morn­ing cloud in­ver­sion. There’s lit­tle to match stand­ing on this iso­lated, lofty peak and see­ing all the moun­tains of the north-west jut­ting through cloud at your feet.

It may re­quire some work but A'Mhaighdean is a gourmet moun­tain, which de­serves savour­ing in per­fect con­di­tions.

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