Suilven

  • Suilven from Stac Pollaidh - © William Mackesy
  • From Lochinver - © William Mackesy
  • Suilven from Stac Pollaidh - © William Mackesy
  • Suilven from Stac Pollaidh, hazy day - © William Mackesy
  • Sunset from Lochinver - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy

Key information: Suilven

  • The area's, and many would argue Britain's, most distinctive mountain, a  remarkable isolated sandstone cathedral which rises abruptly from the beautiful lakes and rough, broken lower hills ("cnoc and lochan") and bog that typify the area.
  • The views from its top are exceptionally interesting and beautiful: around it are contorted but lovely cnoc and lochan; further off are other mountains, many like Suilven standing in proud isolation. To the west, sea inlets feel their way in for miles between the low, rugged hills.
  • This is a tough walk. The weather is unpredictable. Come prepared.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating89
  • Beauty35
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest3
  • Charisma34
  • Negative points1
  • Total rating89
  • Note: Neg: likely bad weather

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 8-10 hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 731m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

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From Lochinver - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

The area's, and many would argue Britain's, most distinctive mountain, a remarkable isolated sandstone cathedral which rises abruptly from the beautiful lakes and rough, broken lower hills ("cnoc and lochan") and bog that typify the area.

While it is actually a high, narrow, broken, sheer-sided ridge, from end on it looks like a huge, improbable domed tower. It is remarkable that a mountain that is "only" 731m can have such presence.

The views from its top are exceptionally interesting and beautiful: around it are contorted but lovely cnoc and lochan; further off are other mountains, many like Suilven standing in proud isolation. To the west, sea inlets feel their way in for miles between the low, rugged hills.

It is not an easy climb, as it is remote from any road, so both the approaches, from near Lochinver to the west and near Elphin to the east, are long (9? km from Inverkirkaig, longer from the east) and are also boggy in places. The summit ridge is reasonably easy once you have finished the tough scramble to the saddle in the middle.

8-10 hours.

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Suilven from Stac Pollaidh, hazy day - © William Mackesy

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