Cioch na h-Oighe, Cir Mhor and Caisteal Abhail: the Sannox Horseshoe

This classic but very challenging route makes a circuit of the mountains surrounding Glen Sannox. Ascending via a classic scramble up Cioch na h-Oighe, the route descends loose ground to the Saddle before an extremely steep climb up to the dramatic peak of Cir Mhor. The route then crosses the granite tors of Caisteal Abhail before further scrambling leads down to the Witches' Step, which is bypassed before the final section of ridge and return across the moor.

Terrain

Very challenging, with a good deal of scrambling and also loose rock on many sections. Careful navigation essential.

Public Transport

Bus to Sannox

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

Start

Large carpark by the Sannox Burn bridge. Map and directions.

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