Slioch

(Spear)

A Wild and Remote Mountain

Slioch, derives from the Gaelic Sleaghach, meaning Spear. It is one of the most recognisable mountains in the Highlands, it’s a photographer’s dream. This craggy fortress is situated on the shores of Loch Maree, from which Slioch appears almost impossible to summit. Three sides of Slioch are extremely steep, with the eastern slopes providing a more penetrable option. From the summit the views are simply sensational. The vast wilderness of the North West Highlands can be seen, stretched out over miles and miles of extensive mountains. Yet your eyes are drawn to Loch Maree, the largest loch north of the Great Glen, scattered with islands and gradually meandering out in to sea. Slioch is a mountain of contrast. An intimidating, rocky peak set in a landscape of pure beauty.

View some of the routes we can offer on this mountain

Privately Guided from £60 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. We can help you explore Slioch from it’s mighty ‘Atlantic Wall’ to the more usual but no less rewarding ascent via it’s eastern flanks.

To find out more see our ratios and pricing information

Lochside Location

Slioch looks over Loch Maree and the nearest village where accommodation can be found is Kinlochewe. Half an hour down the road lies the town of Gairloch where you will find more accommodation and facilities.

Slioch on the shores of Loch Maree

Routes

Traditional Walkers Route

The main route up Slioch starts from the outskirts of Kinlochewe. A well made track leads a few kilometers along the glen to the shores of Loch Maree. From here a more broken track leads into Coire na Sleaghaich before more steeply winding its way up Slioch’s south east ridge to the summit. From here it’s simplest to descend the same way though it is also enjoyable to descend via Sgurr an Tuill Bhain completing a round of the coire (this can be decided on the day or in advance).

Scrambling Route

The North West Buttress is also home to a scrambling route to the summit. There is a large variety of lines and that can be taken to get to the top and so it is a great scramble for many different abilities. As long as you have a head for heights and enjoy scrambling we can make our route as simple or as interesting as you wish to on the day.

Winter

Both the above routes can be enjoyed in winter. The walkers route is much more popular and a splendid way to enjoy this hill. For those seeking a bit more of an adventure, The North West flanks of the hill forms a seldom visited remote climbing location.

Ratios and Pricing

In order to provide the highest level of experience and safety I 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

* Our maximum ratio for summer scrambling on Slioch is 1:4 due to the nature of the technical terrain.
Ratio Summer Walking Summer Scrambling
1:1 £220 £250
1:2 £120 per person £135 per person
1:3 £85 per person £95 per person
1:4 £70 per person £80 per person
1:5+ £300 per day (£60 or less per person) N/A *

Winter

** Due to the length of the day and the technical nature of the terrain we run winter climbing at a maximum ratio of 1:2.
Ratio Winter Walking Winter Climbing
1:1 £220 £250
1:2 £120 per person £135 per person
1:3 £85 per person N/A **
1:4 £70 per person N/A **

A 50% deposit will secure your booking, with the remaining balance due 4 weeks in advance of your trip. Full payment is only required at the time of booking if you wish to book a date within the next 4 weeks.

What You Get

  • Fully qualified guide
  • Use of technical equipment where needed including ice axes and crampons.
  • Kit List
  • Comprehensive joining instructions including local information

Fitness

Climbing Slioch requires a good level of fitness with around 8 hours of walking and more than 1000m of ascent. The mountain is remote and rough going in places. To enjoy Slioch you should have some prior experience of hill walking. In winter Slioch becomes a longer expedition but it is rewarding for those with the appropriate fitness.

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.