Sgurr Choinnich

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Sgurr Choinnich
Ross-shire
Sgurr choinnich.jpg
Looking west along the summit ridge
Range: Torridon Hills
Summit: 3,278 feet NH076446
57°27’3"N, 5°12’30"W

Sgurr Choinnich is a mountain amongst the Torridon Hills of Ross-shire, which reaches a height of 3,278 feet at its summit, and so it qualifies as a Munro.

It is found in the Achnashellach Forest, the area between Glen Carron and Loch Monar. This is mostly a hill of steep, grassy slopes, with a narrow summit ridge that runs east-west. There are crags on the northern side of this ridge, looking down into the corrie named Coire Choinnich.

From the summit there are fine views of the Coulin and Torridon peaks to the north, whilst southward lies a large expanse of wilderness around Loch Monar.

The hill is often climbed along with the neighbouring Sgùrr a' Chaorachain, which lies to the east, as the pair are linked by a high bealach at the head of Coire Choinnich. The most normal route of ascent starts from the north, near Craig, a small village in Glen Carron. A good track leads up the side of the Allt a' Chonais burn, and once across the burn one possible route of ascent is the north ridge of Sgùrr a' Chaorachain. From the summit of this peak one may continue west onto the summit of Sgùrr Choinnich.

From the east, a well-defined ridge leads to the bealach named Bealach Bhearnais and from here a stalker's track leads from the glen of Allt a' Chonais is met, thus a circular route is possible. Alternatively from Bealach Bhearnais one may choose to ascend the neighbouring peaks of Beinn Tharsuinn and Sgùrr nan Feartaig.