The 2,398ft / 731m Suilven Mountain is
situated in the far northwest of
Scotland, 99 miles northwest of Inverness, 7 miles east of
This is one of the top Mountains in
Scotland due to its remote location and
shape. There is a 6 mile / 9 km walk from
the car park to the Mountain, taking
about 2 hours, then another 2 hours plus
for the steep hike to the top. The Car
Park for the hike is about 1 mile east of
Lochinver on Canisp Road, or you can
start the hike from Lochinver. The
Postcode: IV27 4LW is for Glencanisp
Lodge B&B, about half of a mile past
the car park.
See also a large Click On
Map for Top Attractions in the area.
The image top is from the coastal road up
from Ullapool to Lochinver with Suilven in the
The second image is from the north side of
Lochinver looking out to Suilven.
From Lochinver, drive or walk down Canisp
Road for about 1 mile till you see a Car Park
with a sign stating the road is Private from
there on, only for cars of people using
Glencanisp Lodge B&B that is owned by the
Assynt Foundation. Walk along the road past
Glencanisp Lodge taking a path to the left of
the lodge, past an honesty shop selling snacks,
then follow the main track out towards Suilven
by passing through a Gate. See the Map Link
below for the trail.
There is only room for about 7 cars at the
Car Park, if full, you have to park at
Lochinver and walk out from there.
The Images from the hike are by Steve Bittenger
on Flickr, showing the long path out towards
The dome shaped west side of Suilven is
known as Caisteal Liath, with the pointy east
being Meall Beag.
The west side is impossible to hike, so you
have hike up the north side between Caisteal
Liath and Meall Beag, then up the steep east
side of Caisteal Liath.
This can be a dangerous mountain in low
cloud as there is only one way up and down,
with steep drops all around, so a compass or
GPS is needed.
is situated close to Suilven for anyone staying
Map & Hike
800s - Vikings began visiting this area with
a number of their artifacts found in the
1200s? - Clan MacNichol were the main Clan
in the area.
1300s - Clan MacLeod gained control of the
1600s - Clan MacKenzie took control of the
1757 - the Sutherland's gained control of
1812 - the Sutherland's began clearing
crofters from the area to make way for large
scale sheep farming.
2005 - the people of Assynt bought the
Glencanisp and Drumrunie estates with 44,594
acres of mainly moorland around Lochinver.
Mountains on the Estates popular for hiking are
- 2,398 ft Suilven, 2,779 ft Canisp, 2,785
ft Cul Mor, and
2,523 ft Cul Beag.
Glencanisp Lodge was also bought by the
people of Assynt. This used to be a Deer
Stalking Lodge of Vesty family
that made their fortune with food production
around the world. They used their wealth to buy
vast amounts of land in Scotland.
Lodge is now used as a B&B.