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An Socach, Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan and Mullach na Dheiragain from Glen Affric

11.9 miles, 1727 metres of ascent
Estimated time: 6h45m
This route starts and finishes at Alltbeithe Youth Hostell. Alltbeithe competes with Loch Ossian for the title of most remote youth hostel. Loch Ossian is the furthest from the nearest road, but there is a train station a mile or so away whereas you have a good few hours of walking to reach Alltbeithe.
Start from Alltbeithe, behind the outbuilding a path leads up the hillside, it traverses briefly before continuing. This path takes you all the way on to the ridge, when you reach there turn East to reach the summit of An Socach (2h).
Return back to the col (you could have left bags there if you wish) and continue Westward along the ridge, this is a longer section of the ridge with a couple of subsidiary summits but at the end of it you will reach a steeper section and finally reach the summit of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan (3h30m).
Mullach na Dheiragain is an awkward mountain to get to, it isn't easily accessible from anywhere from the North, and the An Socach - Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan ridge blocks direct access from Alltbeithe from the South. Regardless, continue North-East from the summit of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, the ridge drops quite quickly down to a bealach at ~850m. You are then left with a long walk along a gently undulating ridge over a lower subsidiary summit before finally reaching the summit of Mullach na Dheiragain (4h45m).
This is the awkward section of the route, return back South-West along the ridge to return to the bealach at ~850m just below Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, descend South-East from here passing just to the East of Loch Coire nan Dearcag. From here you have two options, you can make your own way up the steep hillside here - there are crags but you can pick a way between them up the steep grass. Or, you can traverse round under the crags until you are directly under the bealach, here there is a terrible path to take you up. My preferred choice was the first option. Once at the bealach, you have a simple return to Alltbethe.
There are many combinations of routes for the Munros (and one Corbett) on the North side of Glen Affric either from Alltbeithe or from Affric Lodge on Eastern side, you could cover some on the walk-in and some on the walk-out as well as day walks from the hostel itself. Regardless, Alltbeithe provides a nice introduction to the more remote Munros of Scotland and even has basic amenities such as a shower(!) and a flushing toilet.
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