Slioch from Kinlochewe

Slioch above Loch Maree

This is a challenging walk with a lengthy walk in and out. Slioch is understandably often known as peoples favourite mountain. Usually admired from car windows while speeding along the main A832 trunk road, this huge bulk of a mountain stands proud on the quieter side of Loch Maree only accesible by a long walk in from Kinlochewe. Looked at across the lake it looks like a mountain on top of another, and when covered in winter snow it looks even bigger. The summit not only has three great summits giving incredible views but also hides the huge wild amphitheatre of Coire na Sleaghaich which is simply awesome. The walk also continues along the ridge to Sgurr an Tuill Bhain to top off a great walk. The walks in and out to the foot of the mountain are lengthy but also easy going and pleasant following the Kinlochewe River through beautiful woodland to Loch Maree. The walk can be topped off with tasty locally sourced meals and drinks at the Kinlochewe Hotel.

Route Directions

  1. The walk starts at the Incheril car park just outside Kinlochewe at grid reference NH 038 624. The car park lies at the end of the minor road to Incheril which leaves the main A832 road just half a kilometre to the east of Kinlochewe.
  2. From the car park go through the gate at its northern side and turn left along the obvious path. Follow the path keeping the fence on the left and the crags on your right.
  3. You will pass a farm and fields, one of which has a fenced off old graveyard in the middle of it. The stunning Beinn Eighe now dominates your view over the fields to the left.
  4. The path joins a track from Incheril from the left then continues in the same direction crossing a few streams and will then eventually reach the banks of the Kinlochewe River after just over a kilometre.
  5. Continue along the path for another kilometre and you will reach the south eastern end of Loch Maree. Where the huge Bac an t Sniomha cliffs of Meallan Ghobhar tower above on your right be sure to look out for the areas infamous mountain goats.
  6. The path rounds the small bay of Camas an Trusdair and then crosses a wooden footbridge over the Abhainn an Fhasaigh.
  7. After the wooden footbridge the path splits in two. One path continues straight on above the shores of Loch Maree. Instead turn right and ascend the path north east towards the direction of Meall Each.
  8. This path now heads up and in to Gleann Bianasdail. Do not continue along it for too long, instead half a kilometre head off left and ascend a not too obvious path towards the col between Sgurr Dubh and Meall Each. There are two streams which run down from the intended target which can be used as navigational handrails.
  9. After ascending the rough path you will eventually reach the col and then enter the absolutely stunning amphitheatre of Coire na Sleaghaich. This really is one hell of a special place!
  10. Turn left in to Coire na Sleaghaich keeping the northern slopes of Sgurr Dubh on your left and the Allt Coire na Sleaghaich on your right. Bend right with the corrie until you reach the bottom of a switch back path which takes a steep and direct route up the western wall of the corrie to the two unnamed lochans.
  11. From the north eastern side of the eastern most lochan start the ascent up the south eastern ridge of Slioch. Although this is pretty steep there are a few obvious paths that zig zag their way up. On the ascent views open up wide to the left over Loch Maree and Beinn Eighe.
  12. Once the ground flattens out on the plateau you will reach the short steep climb to the first of Slioch's three summits.
  13. Descend from this summit in a north westerly direction. Cross the col passing the small lochan and ascend to the second summit. This summit has a trig pillar but is not the highest point on the mountain.
  14. Head north from the trig pillar and down in to the col then up again to reach the actual highest point of the mountain, the third or northern most summit at 981m above sea level. Just one metre higher than the middle summit of 980m.
  15. This highest summit has just a small cairn of stones. The views from the summit on a good day are as good as any in the nation. The views west over Loch Maree to Beinn Eighe and the unique mountains of Torridon are the highlight of this stunning panoramic view of some of the wildest land in Britain.
  16. From the summit you will see an inviting narrow ridge leading off the eastern side of Slioch. At the end of the summit is the conical summit of Sgurr an Tuill Bhain. Descend in this easterly direction down the An t Aon Cheum ridge.
  17. After a while the ridge and path narrow as it reaches the col between Slioch and Sgurr an Tuill Bhain. From the col carry on along the ridge and eventually up on to the airy summit of Sgurr an Tuill Bhain.
  18. There isn't much of a descent path off Sgurr an Tuill Bhain. So descend over pathless and rough terrain in a southerly direction until you reach the floor of Coire na Sleaghaich.
  19. Cross the corrie and the Allt Coire na Sleaghaich to reach the south side of the corrie and ascend to the col between Sgurr Dubh and Meall Each that you passed through earlier.
  20. From the col descend the faint path following the streams back down to reach the main path back to the wooden footbridge over the Abhainn an Fhasaigh.
  21. You now just need to cross the footbridge again and head south to south east for several kilometres tracing your steps back along your earlier approach route to the car park.
  22. Its a full day with a long walk in and out so what better way to celebrate such a great achievement than locally sourced and very tasty food and drinks at the Kinlochewe Hotel in the village.

Maps for this walk

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Photos & Trip Reports

Planning for a walk

Check the weather

The weather is a very important part of hill walking. Weather conditions and daylight hours will dictate where you walk, what gear you will need to carry, how far you walk, and may even decide if you go at all. The following links will help you gather information on weather conditions for areas of Britain...

Plan your journey

Planning your journey before you set off for your walk can save you vital hours on the day. You need to make sure you know the area surrounding your starting point as many factors can influence or change the place you park. Don't forget change for parking meters and fees.

Maintenance of your vehicle and being ready for breakdown situations when driving to remote areas is also vital. Pack a full spare petrol can in your boot, and take de-icing tools in winter, including a shovel. The Transport Direct website below is a great resource for anyone wanting to get to the start of their walk using public transport...

Pack the right gear

Carrying and wearing the right gear is essential for walkers to remain comfortable and safe while hill walking in Britain. However, the best gear in the world is of no use to anyone who doesn't know how to use and care for it. Knowing how to use your gear will give you a much more enjoyable experience. The following items are, in my opinion, the essential items to wear and carry for a hill walk in Britain. It would be foolish to head into the hills and mountains of Britain without these essential items and the knowledge of how to use them. Check out the gear section of this site for techniques and gear lists...

  • Footwear
  • Clothing
  • Rucksack
  • Warm Clothes
  • Waterproofs
  • Map & Compass
  • Emergency Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food & Drink
  • Seasonal Gear

Know what to do in emergencies

It is good practise to tell someone where you are going, and when you expect to return. If you don't get in contact when you said you would on your return, and those you told can't get hold of you, at least they will be able to provide the search party with your general location.

Emergency equipment in the check list above means items such as a survival bag, whistle, and emergency food rations. This isn't anything special; any whistle will do, the orange emergency bags only costs a few pounds, and basic food rations can consist of a couple of chocolate bars. Carrying a head lamp is also an important component and a vital piece of kit used for signalling when you require rescuing.

You should always try and get out of a difficult or emergency situation using your own gear, knowledge and energy. If you cannot do this, then you should dial 999 and ask for the police. Use all the gear you have to keep any unwell or injured members of your party or yourself safe and warm, and use your signalling devices to let the rescuers know your whereabouts. To do this blow six good long blasts on your whistle, or flash six flashes of your torch. Stop for one minute. Repeat. Carry on with the whistle blasts until someone reaches you, and don't stop because you've heard a reply.

Never contact mountain rescue unless absolutely necessary, but on the other hand don't ever feel guilty for having to do so, especially if you are a prepared walker. The Mountain Rescue teams are full of fantastic like-minded souls who love nothing more than people who are prepared for being safe in the mountains.