Walk: Sgurr an t-Searraich

Map Sgurr an t-SearraichThis ascent of Squrr an t-Searraich is a rare example of a shorter mountain walk in an area dominated by the Five Sisters of Kintail and a row of 1,000m high mountains on the south side of Glenshiel. might be a minor cousin, but it is still a fantastic viewpoint. This walk takes us off the paths, and involves crossing an un-bridged stream, so be aware after wet weather.

At 576m (1,890ft) Squrr at t-Searraich isn't exactly dwarfed by the taller mountains all around, but they do loom very dramatically over the summit. My favourite views were down Loch Duich towards Loch Alsh and the sea, but there are also impressive views of the Five Sisters of Kintail and across Glenshiel to the south.

Panoramic view of Loch Duich

Ascent: 1,890ft
Length: 3.5 miles
Last Walked: September 2012

Sgurr an t-Searraich from Ratagan There is some roadside parking in the centre of Ault a'chrinn, a small hamlet on the original road around the head of Loch Duich (now bypassed by the A87, which crosses a modern causeway across the loch).

Start: NG 946 203
Coire na Criche A tarmac track leaves the village road just opposite the main area of roadside parking, heading south between two whitewashed cottages. Follow this track as it twists and turns between the buildings. After the last cottages it straightens out and climbs up towards alongside a mountain stream (Allt a'Chruinn). At the end of the track a path continues, at first quite close to the stream, before swinging away to the left to climb up the steepest part of the slope.
1: NG 956 190
Beinn Bhuidhe from Sgurr an t-SearraichThis path leads up to the Five Sisters of Kintail, and there isn't a path across to Sgurr an t-Searraich. That means that it is up to you to decide where to cross the stream. As we continue up the valley we pass the summit of our target. The southern slopes of Sgurr an t-Searraich then drop down to a flat grassy col that links it to Beinn Bhuidhe. The further you go up the path the easier the slopes to the right become, but the further one has to walk. Personally I stayed on the path until it was almost level with the top of the col. Whenever you chose to cross, head over the stream and head straight up to the top of the col.
2: NG 954 188
Squrr an t-Searraich from the EastGlen Shiel from Sgurr an t-SearraichAt the top of the col turn right and head up the southern slopes of Sgurr an t-Searraich towards the summit. This is a quite splendid viewpoint, with views down the loch towards the sea and up into the Five Sisters as well as south across Glenshiel.
Top: NG 950 191
The northern slopes of the mountain are protected by lines of crags, so retrace your steps back to the col, across the stream and back down the path into Ault a'chrinn

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