1. The Saddle
Location: Kintail | Highest Point: 1010m | Distance: 13km
The Saddle is one of the few Scottish mountains to be regularly known by its English translation. It’s a highly sought after Munro and a fine addition to any hillwalkers log book.
At 1010 meters high, the Saddle gains its spot in my top five due to the ridgeline connecting the Saddle and its neighbouring top, Meallan Odhar, known as the Forcan Ridge. This ridgeline offers a challenging grade 1/2 scramble, with lots of exposure for those with a head for heights to enjoy. There is also the Forcan Ridge “bad step” to negotiate, so it’s good to familiarise yourself with the route before attempting. For others, however, there is an opt-out path that avoids the technicalities whilst retaining the character of the mountain. Although it’s easily accessed from the A87 road between Shiel Bridge and Loch Cluanie, the walk itself rewards those that complete it with outstanding views back across to the north of the 5 Sisters of Kintail and to the southwest towards Knoydart.
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