Corbetts starting with A
|A' Chaoirnich lies to the E of Loch an Duin. Its W slopes to the loch are steep, craggy and rocky and should be avoided. The N slopes are also very steep.
A' Chaoirnich has two ridges; one short N ridge and a longer ridge running SSW then S to An Sligearmach then SSW and S to Meall na Spianaig. This longer ridge offers the most obvious and safest ascent route via the track from Dalnacardoch.
Due to its relatively remote location A' Chaoirnich is normally climbed with An Dun .
|Ainshval and Askival, Rums two Corbetts, sit facing each other across Glen Dibidil with their smaller sister Trollaval (702m) sitting at the head of the glen.
From Barkeval in the N to Sgurr nan Gillean in the S, the hills are connected by a long snaking ridge offering an excellent and occasionally challenging ridge walk.
On this ridge, the peaks are steep and craggy and involve a degree of scrambling, especially Trollaval (which can be bypassed). The ascent of Ainshval from Bealach an Fhuarain is steep and rocky.
|Am Bathach is 200m or more lower than the Munros that surround it on three sides, but it is none the less an interesting hill that can be taken on the way to Ciste Dubh .
As its name suggests it is compact and shaped rather like a building with a single long ridge and fairly steep sides.
The obvious ascent routes are the two end ridges where the slope is less steep. There are scattered crags on the lateral slopes but these should not be encountered.
|From the NW Ben Loyal is seen as 4 rocky peaks which are in fact branches of the main ridge that runs N to S. The three more southern side ridges are separated by two hanging corries, each with a lochan.
In spite of this impressive craggy outline, Ben Loyal is not a difficult hill to climb as its E and S slopes are less steep and mainly crag free apart from the E slopes of the single E ridge.
The easiest access is from Ribigill in the N up the E slopes of Sgor Chaonasaid. The highest top is An Caisteal which lies in the middle of the summit ridge but you are recommended to follow the summit ridge to Carn an Tionail in the S.
An ascent from the A836 by Loch Loyal in the E is possible but not recommended due to the boggy terrain.
An Cliseam (Clisham)
|An Cliseam on the Isle of Harris is the highest peak on an "L" shaped ridge of peaks and the only Corbett in the Outer Hebrides.
The most N peak is Mullach an Langa (614m) and from here the ridge runs S over Mulla bho Thuath (720m) to Mulla bho Dheas (743m) where the ridge turns E to An Cliseam before dropping to Tomnabhal (552m).
There are scattered crags on this ridge, particularly on the N faces of the higher tops, but they pose no obstacle to an ascent via the path from Bun Abhainn Eadarra to the SW or from the carparks on the A859 to the SE.
|An Dun is a compact hill with moderate to steep slopes, the steepest being the E slopes to Loch an Duin. An Dun is normally climbed from the S via the track from Dalnacardoch.
Given An Dun is relatively remote, it is normally climbed with A' Chaoirnich .
|An Ruadh-stac is a compact triangular pyramid attached to Maol Chean-dearg at Bealach a' Choire Ghairbh by its NE ridge. The path through this bealach, which runs between Coulags and Annat on Loch Torridon, is the best approach route.
An Ruadh-stac is a rough rocky mountain and any ascent will involve a degree of scrambling, but with good route selection this should be minor. Can be climbed along with Maol Chean-dearg .
|An Sidhean is a large hill with a gently rounded summit which lies to the SW of a high moorland plateau. To the W its slopes fall steeply to Coire Fionnarach.
It's long S ridge, Mullach a' Gharbh-leathaid, slopes more gently down to Loch Monar and the path which ascends this slope then passes through Gleann Dubh to the bealach at Clach a' Chomharraidh offers the best ascent route.
An alternative approach can be made from Scardroy Lodge (to the NE), at the end of the public road through Strathconon, via the path through Gleann Fhiodhaig but this would necessitate a river crossing.
|The head of Coire a' Bhuiridh, which lies just to the E of Loch Ailort is formed by 6 significant peaks, 3 of which are deemed to be Corbetts. These are An Stac, Rois-Bheinn (882m) , and Sgurr na Ba Glaise (874m) and consequently they are climbed as a group.
An Stac is the most distinct peak, where as Rois-Bhein and Sgurr na Ba Glaise lie on a ridge running from Rois-Bheinn in the W to An t-Slat-bheinn in the E, where the ridge then turns NNE to Beinn Coire nan Gall.
These hills are not well supplied with access paths so the routes tend to go from top to top. An Stac is a steep sided conical hill with many rocky out crops.
|Aonach Buidhe is a remote mountain at the head of Srath Duilleach, however, the long approach route can be cycled as far as Iron Lodge, less than 1km from the base of the mountain. Aonach Buidhe is star shaped with many ridges of varying sizes radiating from the central peak.
Many of the more northern slopes are steep and craggy but, given that the only reasonable approach route leads you to base of the long SW ridge with its easy to moderate slopes, this mountain should offer few problems to the hill-walker who navigates carefully.