Kintail

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Four of the Five Sisters of Kintail from Shiel Bridge
Five Sisters of Kintail from Màm Ratagan

Kintail (Scottish Gaelic: Cinn Tàile) is an area of mountains in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. It consists of the mountains to the north of Glen Shiel and the A87 road between the heads of Loch Duich and Loch Cluanie; its boundaries, other than Glen Shiel, are generally taken to be the valleys of Strath Croe and Gleann Gaorsaic to the north and An Caorann Mòr to the east.

Geography[edit]

The area is known chiefly for the Five Sisters Of Kintail (Gaelic: Còig Peathraichean Chinn Tàile, although not a name derived from the Gaelic, it has individual names for each: Sgùrr na Ciste Duibhe, Sgùrr na Càrnach, Sgùrr Fhuaran, Sgùrr nan Spàinteach and Sgùrr nan Saighead), a high ridge some 8 km (5.0 mi) long rising steeply from Glen Shiel to a maximum height of 1,067 metres (3,501 feet). The five distinctly pointed summits are a well known landmark and a popular hillwalking expedition. Three of the Five Sisters, which are all over 3,000 feet, are classified as full Munros, with the other two being subsidiary Munro tops. The ridge containing the Five Sisters continues unbroken to the east where it takes in a further three Munros, often known as the Brothers. Beinn Fhada (Ben Attow) is the other main mountain in the area.

Ownership[edit]

Most of Kintail is[citation needed] owned by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). The Trust's Kintail and Morvich estate covers 74 square kilometres (29 sq mi) and includes the Falls of Glomach, one of the highest waterfalls in Great Britain. The estate was[citation needed] purchased for the NTS in 1944 by Percy Unna, the Scottish Mountaineering Club president who also acquired Glen Coe for the Trust.

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Coordinates: 57°12′21″N 5°21′8″W / 57.20583°N 5.35222°W / 57.20583; -5.35222