Sannox Horseshoe: Cioch na h-Oighe, Cìr Mhòr and Caisteal Abhail

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 Cìr Mhòr. 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.


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

Public Transport

Bus to Sannox.


Large carpark by the Sannox Burn bridge. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Deer Stalking information

West of ridge: Dougarie Estate. Stalking between mid-August and 20 October. No stalking on Sundays. If further information is needed, please phone 01770 840259 or email East of ridge: National Trust for Scotland. No stalking issues.

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