MORVEN, CAITHNESS

Morven, in Caithness, can be seen from the Cairngorms to Orkney and is a proper, pointy peak high above the Flow Country and desolate moorland.

Much of the higher parts of this walk are pathless and rough going in heather but the isolation is wonderful – golden eagles can be seen but it is more difficult to spot a human.

DISTANCE:  12 miles.

HEIGHT CLIMBED: 1,946ft.

TIME:  6 to 7 hours.

MAP: OS Landranger 17.

PARK: At the south end of Dunbeath turn off the A9 onto a single-track road signed to Braemore. Six miles along, at the end, there is a small parking area on the left, near a red phone box.

WALK: Leave the parking area and go left at the phone box, over a stone bridge across Berriedale Water. Go right on the other side then left in front of a gate for Braemore Lodge, crossing a cattle grid and following a track round to the right.

Follow the track past cottages at Braeval, through a small forestry plantation and on to open moorland.

At the end of the track, Corrichoich, go straight ahead on a faint grass track with Berriedale Water to your right.

The track bears away from the river and gradually disappears. Follow sheep and deer trods to the col between Morven and Carn Mor.

Contour round to the south side of Morven then make your way, carefully, on a narrow path which goes up a wide, heather-clad gully with boulder fields on either side and rocky outcrops above. As the gradient eases bear right to reach the top. Retrace your steps to the start.

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