Suilven Mountain

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The 2,398ft / 731m Suilven Mountain is situated in the far northwest of Scotland, 99 miles northwest of Inverness, 7 miles east of Lochinver.

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.

Suilven Map Large Images

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 distance.

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 Suilven.

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.

Suileag Bothy is situated close to Suilven for anyone staying overnight.

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Suilven History

800s - Vikings began visiting this area with a number of their artifacts found in the area.

1200s? - Clan MacNichol were the main Clan in the area.

1300s - Clan MacLeod gained control of the area.

1600s - Clan MacKenzie took control of the area.

1757 - the Sutherland's gained control of the area.

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.

Glencanisp Lodge is now used as a B&B.

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