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Creag a' Mhaim, Druim Shionnach, Aonach air Chrith and Maol Chinn-dearg from Cluanie Inn

11.2 miles, 1358 metres of ascent
Estimated time: 6h
This quartet of mountain forms the Eastern end of the long South Glen Shiel ridge. The South Glen Shiel ridge is one of the few opportunities you have to ascend 7 Munros 'comfortably' in the one day. However, traversing the whole ridge means that you will need to either use public transport, or have two or more cars. Splitting the ridge up like this means that you have a much shorter walk back at the end of the day.
Start from the Cluanie Inn, just to the East is a small track heading Southwards that crosses over a narrow section of Loch Cluanie. Follow this track for quite some distance until you get round to NH102072 where a clear path heads up the hillside. This is a good stalker's path, gentle at first but getting steeper as it makes it's way all the way up to the summit of Creag a'Mhaim (3h).
Now head West along the well-defined ridge down to the col and then back up the other side to reach Druim Shionnach (3h45m).
The distance over to the next Munro is a little more, but head initially West and follow the ridge as it opens up in places and over all the little humps before finally reaching the col and then up to Aonach air Chrith (4h30m).
Continue to follow the narrow ridge Westward, it falls off sharply to the North and to the South, but the ridgetop itself is reasonably wide and doesn't involve any scrambling. After a short distance you will get to Maol Chinn-dearg (5h30m).
This is now where you get off this ridge, are you sure you don't want to continue and complete the full traverse? The most direct route down now is to head directly North off Maol Chinn-dearg and head down Druim Coire nan Eirecheanach, it is steep once you get off the summit plateau but eventually it eases off and you should be able to pick up a path that zig-zags it's way back down to the road leaving a reasonable short walk back to the starting point.
Strictly speaking you need both maps Landranger 33 and Landranger 34 for this route, but you will only need 34 for some quarter-mile, and will be able to get away without it.
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