Kylestrome to Rhiconich

This long stretch leaves the spectacular environs of Kylesku - with great views back - for a track across the moors and up to the lonely summit of Ben Dreavie. A pathless yomp then leads across to another old track, passing beneath dramatic Ben Stack before descending to the A838. A fine old stalkers' route then leads round the west side of Arkle before another pathless and very boggy stretch - with a potentially major river crossing - emerges at Rhiconich on the west coast.

Terrain

Good moorland tracks and paths for much of the route; there are much rougher, completely pathless stretches after Ben Dreavie and after the Arkle stalkers' path. The latter of these, in particular, is often extremely wet underfoot. Allt Garbh river crossing requires a wade - impassable in spate.

Public Transport

Kylesku has an infrequent bus link to Inverness - and Durness via Rhiconich.

Start

NC217345 where minor road branches off A894 at Kylestrome. Map and 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 Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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