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Liathachs Northern Pinnacles


A challenging Torridonian adventure on an isolated section of a spectacular mountain. Up there with the best.


Route Length 



Max Ratio



Experience Grade

Hard- Grade 4 Scramble


Approach Time (Approximate) 

3.5 hrs


Total Trip Length 



Meeting location 



Experience Duration 

1 day



Strong summer hillwalking experience. Some previous experience of scrambling at Grade 2 or above. 


Is it for me? 

The Northern Pinnacles of Mullach an Rathain on Liathach is unjustifiably neglected, but if you are smart, you'll keep it to yourself, for this isolated ridge, away from the madding crowds and leading up from Liathachs wild side will be sure provide a remote mountaineering experience to remember.


There is no short approach to this route, its isolation acting as it protection from popularity, but the approach is no major chore, we start our journey from Torridon and follow the Abhainn Corie Mhic Nobuil with its little tumbling waterfalls for several kilometers, the mighty jaws of Beinn Alligin almost reaching down to us on our left. Turning in after a few hours, we make a bee-line for the thrust out peak of Meall Dearg, one of many jagged teeth in the skyline ridge of Liathach.


Tricky steep ground gains this tooth, but from here the pinnacles are clear and obvious ahead. Numbered from 1 to 5, the pinnacles seem as individual towers, once climbed however, their placement as steep steps on the rising ridge becomes apparent. This is good for us as it means minimal descent between each of them! The ridge, although never knife edge, is often only a few strides across and the exposure is fantastic,  the buttress ringed corries on either side of the ridge waiting for a single mistake by a clumsy mountaineer. Luckily, you will have a capable mountaineering instructor above you at all times, offering advice, encouragement and a tight rope if it ever becomes too much. 


Eventually, the ground eases and leads the roof of this vast ridge system. Views from the top are dramatic, with Beinn Allgin, Beinn Eighe and the Am Fasarian pinnacles just some of many photogenic elements of the scenery.


From here, now unroped, we begin a westward retreat, following the rough west ridge for 5km, downhill all the way, to our start point, the car and the end of our day.


Mountains included in route 

Meall Dearg 955m

Mullach an Rathain 1023

Sgurr a' Chadail 701m


Additional information 

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.

Liathachs Northern Pinnacles

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