Scottish Winter Climbing And Mountaineering Routes in Scotland UKScottish Winter Climbing And Mountaineering Routes in Scotland UK
HomeAbout this siteFeedbackBack
Grey Corries with the Aonachs and Ben Nevis beyond.
Grey Corries Map Photos
This is one of the great British ridge walks, slightly abridged for winter. You can stride along the narrow ridge, taking in 7 summits without dropping below 1000 metres, with (weather permitting) superb views over the Mamores, the Aonachs and Ben Nevis.
Area: Central Highlands
Grade: Ungraded (hard)   what does that mean?
Total Distance: 16 km
Total Ascent: 1450 m
Time: 9 hours
Maps:
  • Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 Sheet 41
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer 392 1:25,000
  • Harvey Superwalker Ben Nevis Map 1:25,000
  • Avalanche hazard: Relatively safe.
    Avalanche Forecast area: Lochaber   more
    Alternatives: The most westerly peak along the ridge, Sgurr Coinnich Mor, is also very worthwhile but allow a couple of hours extra for the detour.
    Start 

    From Spean Bridge, follow a minor road signposted to Chorriechoille. After a couple of miles, turn right along an unmade road signposted to Chorriechoille farm. Drive past the farm, through a gate and park in a small bay at the forest perimeter.

    Grid Reference NN256789.

    Approach 

    Climb over the stile and follow a good track through the forest. When you leave the forest (gate), head up the hillside on your right, aiming for a gap between the crags and the forest edge. It is worth walking an extra 100 m along the track to avoid the fences! From the gap, turn south and climb the steep slopes to the summit of Stob Coire Ghaibre.

    Stob Coire na Ceannain 

    Continue along a more defined ridge to finally reach a col on the the main Grey Corries ridge just beyong point 1121. Turn left (SSW) and scramble up the ridge to Stob Coire na Ceannain.

    The Grey Corries ridge 

    Retrace your steps to the col and continue over Stob Coire Claurigh, Stob a' Choire Leith, Stob Coire Cath na Sine, Caisteal, Stob Coire an Laoigh and finally Stob Coire Easain.

    Descent 

    Descend the north ridge of Stob Coire Easain (over Beinn na Socaich) eventually veering NE towards the dam over the Allt Croimlidd at the forest edge. The dam wall is rounded and trying to cross is not recommended. Ideally cross the river above the dam but, if it is impassable, scramble through the wire and cross below.

    Return 

    From the dam, follow a forest road for about 400 m and then turn right onto a smaller path that follows a dismantled light railway line. This path takes you back to the start.

    © ScottishWinterRoutes.com 2007