An Teallach

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An Teallach
Sgurr fiona.jpg
Sgurr Fiona and the Corrag Bhuidhe pinnacles
Highest point
Elevation1,062.5 m (3,486 ft)[1]
Prominence757 m
Parent peakSgurr Mor
ListingMunro (2), Marilyn
English translationThe Family or The Forge
Language of nameGaelic
PronunciationScottish Gaelic: [əɲˈtʰʲal̪ˠəx]
English approximation: ən-CHAL-əkh
LocationDundonnell and Fisherfield Forest, Scotland
Parent rangeNorthwest Highlands
OS gridNH069843
Topo mapOS Landranger 19

An Teallach is a mountain in Scotland. It lies to the southwest of Dundonnell and overlooks Little Loch Broom, in an area often nicknamed the "great wilderness". An Teallach means The Family, coming from the Scottish Gaelic word 'teaghlach'. It is also thought to mean 'The Anvil' or 'The Forge' in Scottish Gaelic; in reference to the colour of the terrain in certain lighting conditions.

The mountain is mostly made of Torridonian sandstone. Like the peaks around Torridon (for which the rock is named), An Teallach has terraced sides riven with steep gullies and a sharp rocky summit crest at Sgùrr Fiona. The steepest section, known as Corrag Bhuidhe, rises above Loch Toll an Lochain. Corrag Bhuidhe's most spectacular feature is an overhanging pinnacle known as Lord Berkeley's Seat.


An Teallach is a complex mountain massif, with ten distinct summits over 3,000 feet (914.4 m). From 1891 to 1981, only the highest of these, Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill, had the status of a Munro – a separate mountain over 3,000 feet. In 1981 the Scottish Mountaineering Club granted Munro status to Sgùrr Fiona, in recognition of its considerable topographic prominence (142 m) and distinct nature.[2] The complete list of Munros and Tops (subsidiary summits appearing on Munro's Tables) is now as follows:[3]

  • Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill 1062 m (3484 ft)
    • Glas Mheall Mòr 979 m (3212 ft)
    • Glas Mheall Liath 960 m (3150 ft)
  • Sgùrr Fiona 1058.6 m (3473 ft)
    • Corrag Bhuidhe 1040 m (3412 ft)
    • Lord Berkeley's Seat 1030 m (3379 ft)
    • Sgurr Creag an Eich 1017 m (3337 ft)
    • Stob Cadha Gobhlach 960 m (3150 ft)
    • Sàil Liath 954 m (3130 ft)
    • Corrag Bhuidhe Buttress 945 m (3100 ft) – deleted from Munro's Tables in 1997

Ascent routes[edit]

The simplest route of ascent is probably that from Dundonnell, which follows a good path over rising ground to reach the northern summit, Bidein a' Ghlas Thuill, a distance of about 6 km (3+12 mi). From here the second summit, Sgurr Fiona, lies about 1 km (12 mi) to the southwest.

An alternative northern route heads up from Corrie Hallie, which lies about 4 km (2+12 mi) south of Dundonnell. This route, some 5 km (3 mi) in length, climbs steeply up the headwall of the corrie of Glas Tholl to reach the main ridge just north of Bidein a' Ghlas Thuill.

Both of the above routes, however, miss out the central section, for which An Teallach is best known. A route reaching the summits from the south starts from near Corrie Hallie. It then follows a track (later a path) southwest for about 5 km (3 mi). Then it breaks off to the north, climbing the southern end of the ridge via a subsidiary summit known as Sàil Liath. Heading northwest towards the Corrag Bhuidhe buttresses a choice must be made. One may either scramble over them directly (including the crossing of Lord Berkley's Seat), or take the bypass path on the southwest side. This path is eroded in some places and should not be regarded as an easy option.

The winter traverse of the ridge is probably more demanding than that of Liathach or the Aonach Eagach, because of the comparative remoteness of the mountain. Some parties use the bothy at Shenavall as an overnight base.


  1. ^ "An Teallach". Hill Bagging - the online version of the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH). 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  2. ^ Scottish Mountaineering Club - The New Munros Archived September 27, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 8 November 2006.
  3. ^ Database of British and Irish Hills. Version 12, accessed 20 December 2011.

External links[edit]

360° view from Sgurr Fiona, An Teallach, Scotland

Coordinates: 57°48′24″N 5°15′06″W / 57.80653°N 5.25166°W / 57.80653; -5.25166