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Detailed Route Instructions

Clisham Horseshoe

Grade

Difficult

Type

Walk

Description

Walk Waypoints

  1. 1 Walk down the hill to the bridge and pick up the path that heads up Glen Scaladale along the north side of Abhainnn Scaladall. Don’t be too concerned that the path is unmarked on the OS Landranger series and is shown as petering out on the OS Explorer series. It exists and although it can be muddy after heavy rain, it is easy to follow all the way up to Loch Mhisteam.
  2. 2
    At this point it does disappear and you are left to pick your way to the east ridge of Mullach an Langa (NB143094).
  3. 3
    The ascent starts easy enough but you soon encounter steeper grass and boulders near the summit. This is certainly the hardest section of the entire horseshoe, but as you work your way towards the top, the views to the north and east will make it all worthwhile.
  4. 4
    Continue south along the ridge, passing over some boulders to gain the summit of Mulla-Fo-Thuath (NB140084). Descend southwards to the col passing over a distinctive band of quartz then follow the ridge as it turns southeast to the summit of Mulla-Fo-Dheas, (NB143077).
  5. 5
    An exposed path leaves the northern side of the summit and heads east towards An Cliseam or you can navigate the crags along the eastern ridge and descend to the bealach above An t-Isean. From here it is a short ascent to the summit of An Cliseam (NB 155073) the last few hundred meters involving a scramble through jagged boulders.
  6. 6
    When you are ready to leave, descend to the south east until you are safely through the band of crags which probably give An Cliseam its name which translates as “Rocky Cliff”. Once you get onto easier ground, maintain your height and traverse around the head of Allt Tomnabhal (NB160077). Skirt below the prominent rock slabs on the south eastern slopes of Tomnabhal (NB165078) keeping to the easier ground before swinging around to the north east to make for the two small lochans (NB 184083) that lay directly to the west of Cleit Ard.
  7. 7
    There is a bench here where you can rest your weary bones. From here it’s 1.5km northwards along the track back to the main road.

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