An Teallach

(The Forge)

A Wild and Beautiful Mountain Ridge

An Teallach is one of the finest mountains in the UK. It stands in the North West Highlands with views across the sea to the Hebrides in one direction and to the great northwest mountain ranges of the Fisherfields, Fannichs and Beinn Dearg hills in the other. This wild and remote mountain ridge is famed for its two munros; Sgurr Fiona (1060m) and Bidean a Ghlas Thauill (1062m), as well as the Corag Buidhe Pinnacles. The latter is an airy set of spires leading from Sgurr Fiona with drops off 500m and 800m either side. The eastern flank of the mountain is divided into two major corries. Both of these provide fantastic winter routes and spectacular scenery at any time of year.

View some of the routes we can offer on this mountain

Privately Guided from £70 per person

We offer a private guiding service based in the North West of Scotland. Priding ourselves on our local knowledge, experienced guides can help you achieve your mountaineering goals on this fantastic hill. That might include exhilarating scrambling over the sandstone pinnacles of Corrag Buidhe, hunting for geocaches high up on An Teallach or taking photos of dramatic mountain scenery. When you book with us we will discuss your needs and tailor the day around you.

See our ratios and pricing information

Stunning Location

An Teallach is a remote hill located in the beautiful North West Highlands. The Dundonnell Hotel sits at the foot of the mountain providing a great base for an ascent. If you prefer access to a few more facilities, the local towns of Gairloch and Ullapool have shops, accommodation, restaurants and other attractions. Both are approximately 40 mins drive to Dundonnell and are ideal locations for exploring the local area as well as the hill itself.

View of the main An Teallach ridge

Routes

There are a variety of routes, climbs and scrambles to be enjoyed on An Teallach. We can guide any of the options below or let us know if you have a bespoke idea in mind.

Traditional An Teallach Traverse

A complete traverse of the ridge is a spectacular day out and our most popular option. Starting at Corrie Hallie this route includes summiting both munros (Sgurr Fiona and Bidean a Ghlas Thauill) and scrambling along the Pinnacles. We will then descend down to Dundonnell to complete the day.

The An Teallach Munros

This option is more popular with munro baggers or those wishing to avoid the scrambling. Starting in Dundonnell, we will summit both the munros and return the same way without tackling the Pinnacles. This provides the simplest method to gain the summits, however it shouldn’t be underestimated as it involves wild open mountain country.

Winter

In winter the mountain is transformed to an alpine peak and the full traverse becomes a mountaineers dream. In winter conditions we can offer all the routes above and so much more. The many fine routes out of each of its corries offer an array of winter climbing. Whether you wish to summit the munros, complete a full winter traverse or experience some of the world class winter climbing just let us know.

Bespoke Routes

We have an intimate knowledge of this mountain and there are many possible alternative routes. For example, an alternative descent can be made via Corrie a Glas Tholl, or the full traverse can be done in an anticlockwise direction. Should you have a specific route or requirement just let us know, we will be very happy to help.

Ratios and Pricing

In order to provide the highest level of experience and safety we maintain low ratios for guided ascents. Below you can see the details. All trips are considered private bookings so you will not have to worry about the pace of others and will get a trip tailored to your individual needs.

Summer

Ratio Price
1:1 £220
1:2 £120 per person
1:3 £85 per person
1:4 £70 per person

Winter

* Due to the day length and the technicality of the route we work at a maximum ratio of 1 guide to 2 clients for winter climbing and winter traverses on An Teallach.
Ratio Climbing & Traverse Price Walking (E.g. Munros Only)
1:1 £250 £220
1:2 £135 per person £120 per person
1:3 N/A * £85 per person
1:4 N/A * £70 per person

What You Get

  • Personalised day based around your goals
  • Fully qualified guide
  • Use of technical equipment where needed including helmets, harness and ropes
  • Kit List
  • Comprehensive joining instructions including local information

Fitness

An Teallach is a remote hill. All days on this hill require a high level of fitness. This is particularly true in winter, where it can be considered one of the great challenges in the UK to which many mountaineers aspire. At any time of year expect around 10 hours or more for a complete traverse with ascent of over 1000m from sea level. All that said it is definitely an achievable hill for the keen walker. If you have concerns over your fitness to complete this hill then please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can discuss your particular circumstances.

Gear

You will need normal hill walking kit including sturdy footwear, waterproofs (jacket and trousers), food and warm clothing. Technical kit is available to borrow for your booking where required. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own subject to inspection by your guide to ensure its safety. A complete kit list is provided with each booking.