|Am Bathach counter
clock-wise from Loch Cluanie
|Estimated net time||2½-3 hours|
|Drinking water||The descent route through the valley follows a stream.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route from a little above trail head (June 2014).|
|Parking||Room for many cars on lay-by around trail head.|
|Start height||220 metres|
|Vertical metres||620 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||7.6 km|
The trail head is located north of Loch Cluanie's west end, approximately 1.1 km (0.7 mi) east of Cluanie Inn along road A87. Locate a forest road going uphill, through an area that used to be a small forest, from a lay-by on the north side of the road. Park close to the forest road.
Start the hike by following the forest road uphill for 550 metres. Turn right and head up to the ridge, through slightly strenuous terrain. Turn left when you get onto the ridge and follow the gradually better defined path all the way to the small summit cairn. Note that there are a number of false summit along the ridge.
Descend by continuing across the summit and head a little left. When you get down to the small flat section at 580m turn more left and find your best route down to the valley. Pick up the boggy path running on the left (east) side of the stream all the way down to A87. From here turn left and walk along A87 back to your car.
13. June 2014
We had spent this Friday touring Scotland's west coast, including a visit to Eilean Donan Castle. On our way back to North Ballaculish we stopped for a fairly nice hike to Am Bathach.