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    Hi guys finding it hard to get info on this, my mate told me its a great walk with a long walk in to the bothy then sleep overnight before the climb but i cant find an actual route. Any help greatly appreciated.

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    Unfortunately that slacker Bassnett hasn't put the full details on, but a route is marked on the OS map on this page of his Trekking Britain website. We actually did a traverse - from Inverkirkaig, over Suilven, and back to Lochinver, or rather to just past Glencanisp lodge. It's a long walk, but do-able in one day, and it was great not having to do an in-and-out by the same route. We did have 2 cars though, which allowed a relatively straightforward traverse.

    If you want to stay in the bothy, it's at Suileag which you can find on the map if you zoom in - it's on the north side of Suilven.

    It is a great walk

    edited to add - love you really, Jamie Bassnett

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    Hi Stewart

    Suilven is fantastic both as a mountain and a walk wether you use a bothy or not.

    A common approach isto drive fromLochinveralmost toGlen Canisp Lodge and walk from there following the path to Suileag bothy and beyond to cross bog to gain a steep ascent to Bealach Mor (Suilven's col). From there Caisteal Liath is easily attained although the dry stone wallmight cause a headscratch or two).

    Return via the same route or south from the col to Inverkirkaig and back to Lochinver (and retrieve the car the next day).

    The Suileag bothy is not necessary but might be fun to split a long day walk into two. (It really is not a wilderness necessity overnighter.)

    For more info you could see Guide to Walks in the North West Highlands by Chris Townsend - an OMer - (Aurum Press) and Scotland's Far North by Andy Walmsley (Cicerone Press).

    You might be lucky when standing on Suilven's summit not to see anything man made; no roads, no buildings (don't look too closely at the copse surrounding Glen Canisp Lodge); no ships or aeroplane trails...

    Enjoy...

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    Did it just the other week inthe wetas a daywalk from Glencanisp Lodge, as described above. Not an especially long or difficult day- about20km plus 1000m ascent.A good fast track in, some soft ground across to the hill, a badly eroded pull up to the bealach, a nice track to the top - go to the other end and there's more challengingscrambling.A wonderful hill.Delicious venison steak from the butcher in Lochinver too! Had a log cabin overlooking the beach at Inverkirkaig. Most excellent

    P.S. Here's a decent route description and some pictures; google "routes Suilven" for others.

    P.P.S. The pies from Lochinver Larder are magnificent - award winning, even Michael Winner likes them. They would be ideal to take into the bothy!

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    Nice beer in the Caberfaidh next door to the pie shop.

    Other hills to consider in the area - Cul Mor, Cul Beag, Quinag, Stac Pollaidh,Canisp and Ben Mor Coigach. Not a Munro among them; enjoy the solitude!SP excepted from solitude but it is still wonderful...

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    Here is my last trip reporttogether with a few photographs for Suilven. Hope you find it useful in planning your route. It is a long walk in but an overnight bothy stop would solve that problem.

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    Never mind the beer, jokaro, ALS is right - the pie shop is supreme!

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    Venison and cranberrry pie Followed byRhubarb andApplepie Then some Arran oatcakes and Isle of Mull Cheddar . Perhaps a bottle of An Teallach Ale ...

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