Carn Eige

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Càrn Eige
Ross-shire, Inverness-shire
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Càrn Eige and Mam Sodhail
Summit: 3,881 feet NH123262
57°17’16"N, 5°6’58"W

Càrn Eige, sometimes spelt Càrn Eighe, is the highest mountain north of the Great Glen. It stands in the midst of the mountains of the northern Highlands, on the border between Inverness-shire and Ross-shire, its summit being the county top, the highest point, of Ross-shire. Its other shire, Inverness-shire, encompasses mighty Ben Nevis, 34 miles due south, which overtops Carn Eige by 528 feet.

Càrn Eige is on the former lands of the Clan Chisholm. Its name is Gaelic, meaning "File hill" or "Notch hill".

The mountain is very remote, more than six miles from the nearest major road, although there is a youth hostel in Glen Affric that is nearer.

Càrn Eighe is reckoned the 13th mountain in the British Isles though in terms of relative height, it would be the tallest after Ben Nevis.

Carn Eige and Mam Sodhail

Càrn Eige seen from Mam Sodhail

The neighbouring top is Mam Sodhail, which rises to 3,874 feet a little over half a mile to the south and the two are regarded as twin mountains; they are roughly identical in height and appearance. Carn Eige and Mam Sodhail stand together above Gleann nam Fiadh (Glen of the Deer) and are linked by a high col of around 3,428 feet, making the traverse of the two mountains a natural day's walk.

Panorama from the summit

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