Shalloch on Minnoch via the north ridge

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Shalloch on Minnoch is the most northerly major summit on the ridge that runs northwards from The Merrick - known as the Range of the Awful Hand. The route described here is rather boggy and featureless but provides the fastest approach; routes from the southwest give tougher going. The walk can be extended to take in Tarfessock and even Kirriereoch Hill before returning the same way back over the Shalloch - or, if transport allows, it could be the start of a complete traverse of the range including the Merrick.


Narrow, often very boggy path until the final pathless slopes - careful navigation required.

Public Transport

None to start.


Road verge around 1km south of Stinchar Bridge. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

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 Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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