One of the best ridges in the country. The views are spectacular, the scrambling is exposed and the rock perfect. An absolute 'must do' trip.
Difficult- Grade 3 Scramble
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Very strong summer hillwalking experience. Some previous experience of scrambling at Grade 2 or above.
Is it for me?
The traverse of An Teallach might be the perfect embodiment of Scottish mainland ridge mountaineering. Offering some optional and much varied scrambling, this route will appeal to a diverse range of people. For novice scramblers, it might prove to be the trip of a lifetime. More experienced climbers, able to enjoy every airy section of the exposed pinnacles, will be able to appreciate just how magical this circuit is.
Starting from Corrie Hallie gives us the opportunity to circle the mountain and get the full measure of the ridge line we will follow. It rises slowly on our right, the stunning aesthetic of the mountains jagged skyline dominating the corrie of Toll an Lochain. The approach starts gently for some kilometers, before leaving the main trail and forging a path relentlessly to the summit of Sail Liath. Here the full measure of the route ahead is plainly obvious and a few short meters later, in contact with the rock for the first time, the sense of exposure is immediate.
A second advantage of approaching via Sail Liath is that we as scramblers can enjoy all the finest and most exposed sections of the route in ascent, starting with a tricky and exposed series of moves that seem to overhang the Toll An Lochan, hundreds of meters below. Once beyond this serious section, we follow a succession of wonderfully formed, rounded towers, each offering a variation in line choice and difficulty. The situation demands attention, but the temptation to take your eyes away from the route and instead consider the backdrop for these engaging sections of scrambling often wins out. And so it should, the view is quite frankly, exceptional.
The final spire, Lord Berkleys Seat, an enormous overhanging peak, marks the end of the difficulties. From here optional easy scrambling remains, with optional return paths taking in final summits if you desire. Eventually all roads lead back to Coir' a Ghiubhsachain and the car. But try if you might, i double dare you, see if you can leave without looking back...
Mountains included in route
Sail Liath 954m
Stob Cadha Gobhlach 960m
Corrag Bhuidhe 1049m
Lord Berkleys Seat 1030m
Sgurr Fiona 1060m
Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill 1062m (optional)
Glas Mheall Liath 960m (optional)
You will be guided on the route by a suitably qualified, fully insured and competent Mountaineering Instructor. All mountaineering equipment required for the route and instruction on its use is included. However, clients must ensure they bring appropriate clothing as listed on our kit list page. In case of dangerous weather conditions an alternative activity or a full refund will be offered. Please read our Terms and Conditions for further information.