Scotland: A’ Mhaighdean

On a dry day at the height of summer, the beloved hills of Lake District, Britain’s most popular hiking areas, are always going to attract the crowds. This is not surprising for a small country packed with outdoor enthusiasts. But even in these heavily populated islands, there are still some extraordinarily wild hiking areas, especially in the north and west of Scotland. A’ Mhaighdean is one of the most popular hiking destinations.

Fisherfield 6_Scotland: A' Mhaighdean
or a classic “big walk,” the Fisherfield 6 round from Shenavall bothy is a hard-won classic.

If you’re happy to rack up some miles underfoot—and certainly that’s your part of the bargain if you’re looking for an experience in the wilderness—then a hike to the top of A’ Mhaighdean in the Fisherfield Forest is hard to beat. It’s claimed to be the remotest of the Munros, but A’ Mhaighdean (meaning “The Maiden“) also offers one of Scotland’s most stunning views. In fact, it may even be the very best outlook from any of the 282 Munros.

When it comes to planning your path to the top, there’s a variety of options open to you  For a classic “big walk,” the Fisherfield 6 round from Shenavall bothy is a hard-won classic. Spending a night in the bothy allows you to start early but it’s also worth considering a wild camp partway along, the most obvious spot being between A’ Mhaighdean and Beinn Tarsuinn.

The most direct path to A’ Mhaighdean may be from Poolewe, which includes a journey of about 12km even before you cross the causeway between Fionn Loch and Dubh Loch to Carnmore and begin your ascent of the mountain. Once you’ve made it this far, you may also consider walking Ruadh Stac Mor.

With two Munros ticked off, you’ve had an amazing and unforgettable trip into the center of Scotland’s great wilderness.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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