Time: 8 hrs +
Technicality: Ridge walking. Some basic scrambling up to G1 for a very small section.
Terrain: Mixture of rough terrains, ridges, steep ground and isolated walking.
Navigation: Mostly straight forward as you will be following ridges but in the initial valley, there might be some tricky route finding in poor visibility.
Parking: Use the community car park in Kinlochleven. Please leave a donation to the fund. View on Google Maps.
Accomodation: Blackwater Hostel & Camping
Food & Drink. Ice Factor in Kinlochleven. You can use the showers here if you van camp.
1 Park in the donation car park in Kinlochleven and leave a few quid. The actual start point is just down the road (right on exiting) at NN 185 623. Take the steep track through the woods and out into the rough, open ground, bearing NE. At NN 187 628, the track turns sharply to the NW and towards the old lodge. Meet the road at NN 186 630 and turn right, following it NE and to another building, passing on it’s right. Stay on the access road to the river crossing point at NN 190 638.
2. NN190 638 From the crossing point, head North up the coire, keeping the river to your left. The track is well defined until you get nearer the headwall, where the ground gets suddenly steeper and the path turns right (NE) and starts to climb. There was a small landslip in the re-entrant around NN 189 652. The track can be hard to follow. Keep the stream to your left and then follow a bearing of NE/E should see you pick it up again. It’s a well worn track way. You should be climbing uphill and come across a small pool at NN 196 650. The path will dog leg SSE, then N and then contour NW high at the back of the coire. if you catch the sun, the path here shimmers because of the mineral deposits! It’s a really cool little mountain track. Enjoy it. You should exit the coire at NN 193 656.
3. NN 193 656. From the bealach, head right - SE then E, straight up the ridge and onto the unnamed 1041m summit (NN201 654) then descend SE to the bealach that separates it from Na Gruagaichean. This section here is steep and tricky. On the descent, it gets a bit loose, so take care. When you begin to ascend the next section, move to the right of the spur and then pick your way left and up. This looks intimidating from a distance but is not as bad as it seems. The route through the rocky step is well worn and you should not find yourself on dangerous ground. Continue to the summit.
4. NN203 652 From the summit of Na Gruachaichaen, descend East, down the ridgeline. The route finding is reasonably straightforward. You’ll be on a nice, long stretch of ridge all the way to the summit of Binnein Mor, crossing the 1062m summit and heading North at NN 211 657.
5. NN 212 663. Binnein Mor. Return South to the 1062m peak and take the leftward track to the final peak of the walk, Sgor Elide Beag. The route is straightforward as long as you handrail the steep ground to your left. There is a well defined path, and you shouldn’t be dangerously close to the edge. There is a descent point at around NN 215 653, ignore it and keep on to the summit and descend after this. The views here, toward Sgurr Elide Mor are fantastic, it really is a beautiful mountain and you should visit it one day. From the summit of Sgor Elide Beag, at NN 219 652, bear SE downhill to pick up the descent track at NN 220 650. The path zig zags down the steep ground before taking a turn left, back towards Sgurr Elide Mor.
6. NN 222 649. At the junction where the descent from Sgor Elide Beag meets another path, head right (South) and begin to head back to Kinlochleven. This is a long and gentle descent, but is getting increasingly eroded. Please take care if you are using walking poles as there is significant path widening along this section, made worse by them. The path is easy to follow. Stay on it until it meets the Loch Elide access road at NN 208 634. Take a right turn (west) and just follow the road all the way to the deer gate at NN 197 633. Leave the road and take the gate, following the track down to the treeline NN 192 632. Take a left (south) here and head down the spur, toward the waterfall. It shouldn’t be too difficult to exit the woodland here, straight to the car!