The Assynt Traverse Scotland
The Assynt region is home to one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes in Britain and includes some of its most illustrious peaks. Although modest in height by Scottish standards, they rise dramatically from the surrounding bleak tableland as giant monoliths of rock, both mesmerising and captivating. The object of the route is a complete traverse of all its major peaks starting at Loch Lugainn below Stac Pollaidh and finishing at the Loch Glencoul viewpoint at Unapool near Kylescu. This involves climbing 12 peaks (3 on Quinag), covering nearly 50 miles and ascending some 21,000 feet. The route was conceived by Tony Wimbush and first completed in 2010 by Pete Simpson, Tony Wimbush and Colin Brooke in a time of 26 hours 59 minutes.
The object is to visit the 12 peaks listed below in a continuous run starting from the car park overlooking Loch Lugainn (GR NC 095 107) and finishing at the viewpoint overlooking Loch Glencoul (GR NC 321 235).
OS Explorer Maps: Use 439 - Coigach & Summer Isles and 442 - Assynt & Lochinver
Stac Pollaidh has two summits, either is acceptable for this route. Non-climbers are recommended to use a rope on the 'mauvais pas' when ascending the higher western summit.
Between Cul Mor and Suilven it is necessary to cross the Uidh Fhearna, a broad stretch of water between Loch Veyatie and Fionn Loch. This was readily crossed in 2010 even after a period of heavy rain but it is worth checking beforehand to ensure a crossing is still practical. Trekking poles may assist.
Between Breabag and Ben More Assynt it is recommended you follow Andy Walmsley's advice contained in his guidebook (see below). Do not attempt a direct ascent of Conival's south-west face. Instead skirt round into Garbh Coire and ascend some 300m of scree leading up to the ridge between Conival and Ben More Assynt
Click on the icon to view/print a schedule (excel) for the inaugural run
Finishers are invited to add their name to the completions log. Please use the Schedule above to record actual times. Add your name, date, club and age category plus details of hill and road support (if applicable) and send to Tony Wimbush - email: firstname.lastname@example.org . There are no time limits or rules.
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Links and Further Information
Enquiries and reports - email Tony Wimbush: email@example.com
Over the hill... and far away - a treble at 60! Tony Wimbush (The Fellrunner, Autumn 2010) - an article which includes a brief account of the inaugural 2010 traverse.
The Assynt Traverse: Blow by blow account - Report and schedule by Tomas Frydrch of his 2016 crossing in 23-54.
The Story of John Fleetwood's May 2018 Assynt Traverse - link to John's blog
Inchnadamph Lodge - hostel type B & B accommodation, twin rooms available.
The Assynt Foundation - an overview of the region.
The Corbetts and other Scottish Hills (SMC Hillwalkers Guide,2002) - includes all the peaks in the Assynt region except for the two Munros - Conival and Ben More Assynt.
Walking in Scotland's Far North, Andy Walmsley (Cicerone, 2003) - includes a useful section on the peaks within the Assynt region.
UK Big 3 Rounds
Ultras by Region
Ultra Route Index
Bob Baxter Traverse
Bob Graham Round
Canary Islands 3 Peaks
Charlie Ramsay Round
Dales Top Ten
Dark Peak County Tops
All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times. Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions! Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.
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