Back of Liathach


This name of this route should probably be "Allt a Coire Dubh Mor to Abhainn Coire Mhic Nobuil via Coire Mhic Fhearchair" but we'll call it Back of Liathach for short!

A breathtaking route through arguably the finest mountain scenery in the whole of Scotland.

The path is will maintained and very runnable throughout most of it's length. The path crosses slabby sandstone outcrops in places, which could be slippy. The only significant river has a bridge over it. The section which branches off to Coire Mhic Fhearchair is not as distinct, but still fairly easy to follow in clear weather. The Coire, being west facing, makes an ideal venue for an evening run or even a wild camp. This is a very special place. There are fine views out to sea, and the triple buttress dominates the Coire itself is one of the finest in Scotland.

In the summer breathe deeply and you will take in the smell of Bog Myrtle growing beside the path (if you don't swallow a midge!) Watch out for deer (common), and golden eagles (not so common!).

You will find a small Car Park at each end of the route. You could run back via the road (or over Liathach, which is a very serious ridge, only for the experienced scrambler / ridge runner.)

(Route - starting from Eastern end). Following the route is really very simple - the path is signed from the Car Park - simply follow it as it climbs gradually up the hillside. There is only one path along the valley, so you shouldn't get lost, although do make sure you stick to the path if the mist is down. As you come to the path junction for the turn off to the Coire, be careful as this is less distinct and easy to miss. You should be able to tell from distance / terrain if you have over shot. Around this area, you should get spectacular views up to the pinnacles of Liathach. Also, as you continue towards the Coire look out for views of An Teallach in the distance.

Returning from the Coire and heading right should lead you along the pleasant riverside path which takes you down the valley with Ben Alligin on your right, and views of Loch Torridon ahead of you.

Posted in Trail Running Routes, asked by Jon Burdon, 5 years ago. 4314 hits.

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