Though it just misses Munro status, spectacular Foinaven is one of the finest mountains in Sutherland - or perhaps in Scotland. This complex mass of quartzite screes has a magnificent ridge and several superb corries. The complete traverse is one of the grandest of walks but is very long with difficult transport arrangements; this circular route is shorter and takes in the highest summit.
Extremely rough hillwalking. Good track up Srath Dionard but otherwise pathless; very boggy ground lower down, steep with boulders higher up.
Very infrequent service passes along A838.
A838 near Gualin House.
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.
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