By Phoebe Smith
Suilven is something of a visual trick. View it from its western end at Glencanisp Lodge near Lochinver, and it appears unconquerable – yet this is the starting point of the easiest route to the top.
Follow the stalker’s path for about five miles, keeping a lookout for native red deer, wildcats and mountain hares. Once on the rocky flanks of its northern side, you’ll be offered a new perspective as the gnarly slopes transform to a broad, sprawling ridge, a little over a mile in length.
A handy gully grants walkers access to a cleft in the ridgeline – rugged Bealach Mor. From here, you will need to use your hands a little to climb up to the fairly broad, grass-covered summit.
Depending on your viewpoint, Suilven shape-shifts from unclimbable to conquerable. But be warned, this is not a stroll in the park. Covering a minimum of 15 miles, this long, round trip is a full day’s walk.
Fortunately, thanks to Scotland’s Land Reform Act of 2003, you have the wonderful option to indulge in a little wild camping en route. Stop beside a secluded loch in this roadless hinterland and pitch your tent for a night beneath the stars.
Whichever way you look at it – from the sea, the lodge at Glencanisp or your own tent porch – Suilven is a stunner.
Book recommendations for this region:
Recommended maps for this region: