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Am Faochagach

Meaning: from the Gaelic Am Fraochagach meaning the Heathery Place

Munro Region: Loch Broom to Easter Ross

Munro Number: 206

Height in Metres: 953

Height in Feet: 3128

OS Map Reference OS Sheet 20; 303794


Am Faochagach is situated in the Strathvaich Forest to the north of Loch Glascarnoch. It is a very big hill in terms of its area, for it has long broad ridges and wide grassy corries, particularly on its east and south sides which slope down to Loch Vaich. The west side above Loch Coire Lair is much steeper and in places craggy.

The ascent is most easily made from the north-west end of Loch Glascarnoch, but it should probably not be attempted during or soon after wet weather, for the Abhainn a' Gharbhrain which has to be crossed at the beginning of the day may be impossible. However, in dry weather the crossing should not be difficult. Once across, go up the grassy glen of the Allt na h-Uidhe which gives an easy way onto the main ridge of Am Faochagach 2 kilometres south of the summit. The walk up this ridge is similarly very easy. Altogether a rather featureless ascent, but there are good views west to the Beinn Dearg group.

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