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Arkle is a magnificent mountain: a shattered, curving ridge of quartzite. Second only to Foinaven for interest amongst the peaks of this region, it gives an excellent ascent with one narrow section of ridge.


Good approach track, then pathless ascent up heather and stones. The ridge to the final summit is rocky, and exposed at one point with a little straightforward scrambling on sometimes slippery quartzite.

Public Transport

None to start, nearest bus Achfary (bus 805/806 from Durness and Lairg) 1.5km from start.


Parking area along track from A838 1.5km north of Achfary; there is space before the private road sign and bridge. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Deer Stalking information

Reay Forest Estate: Stalking between early July and 20 October. No stalking on Sundays. If approaching via the Airdachuilinn road to Lone, please leave vehicles in the car park by the white mail box approximately 400m north of Achfary on the A838 (NC298402). Access to Arkle or Foinaven by this route is always OK. If further information is needed, please phone 07739 626445 or email:

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