Climb of Sgurr Choinnich + Sgurr a Chaorachain, Torridon

Less than a month since our first reunion since September and we’re back on the road and heading back to Torridon. It’s 1am Sunday 21 May and it’s my 3rd visit to the Torridon. This time Petr and I are taking on Sgurr Choinnich and Sgurr a Chaorachain. Located in the Achnashellach Forest between Glen Carron and Loch Monar, this is a beautiful wilderness on the southern edge of Torridon and a little south of Maol Chean Dearg, our last climb. Another long but very rewarding and enjoyable 18-hour day covering over 400 miles by road and 13 miles by foot.


Sgurr Choinnich (3,276ft)

Sgurr a Chaorachain (3,453ft)


Pretty much the same route as last. Up to Inverness and head along the Ullapool road turning off at Garve and onto the A832 through Achnasheen.



Weather conditions were fair with mix of clear and cloudy but excellent visibility despite concerns of rain later in the morning. The rain and increased breeze only came between summit 1 and 2. Temp started off around 5-7C, 4 or 5C on summits with wind chill -3 to -6C.

Arrived at our start point just as the sun came up…

The distant summits of Sgurr Choinnich and Sgurr a Chaorachain towering behind Achnasellach forest.

Ready to go!

Crossing main line to Skye.

Beautiful morning

As we ascended through the forecast, the views of Torridon opened up.

Looking towards our still distant destination.

Love the silence and emptiness of the landscape.

Great views thanks to excellent visibility. Clouds well above even the highest hills.

The towering might of the Torridon hills! Stunning.

Looking across the water. Either north Skye or Harris.

We were both amazed at the views.

Sgurr Choinnich looking much more impressive in the foreground, higher Sgurr a Chaorachain behind.

We did it… Reached the summit of Sgurr Choinnich. Munro 22 for me, 199 for Petr.

Nice big snow patch with great view of Sgurr a Chaorachain behind.

There ya go! Reached the top of Sgurr a Chaorachain. My 23rd munro but Petr’s 200th! Where we just came from, Sgurr Choinnich is behind us.

Great shot of Sgurr Choinnich.

That’s 5 munro’s completed in Torridon.

Here’s the video Petr put together.


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