Path to Canisp

Unassuming Canisp is the highest mountain on the estates at 846m, but it is still a “Corbett”. Once up, there are superb views of the surrounding peaks, including Stac Pollaidh and Quinag on neighbouring estates as well as our own Suilven.

Walking up from anywhere other than its eastern side is not a practical proposition for most of us. So start from NC250161, near Loch Awe. It’s about 12 km out and back, and because much of the way is stony, there isn’t much of a path to follow once you get over the moor. But the ascent is pretty gentle up the eastern slope. The route is not marked on the OS maps, so you can work it out for yourself or use one of the print or online guides for their suggestions and waypoints.

Assynt Foundation canisp_summit_towards_cul_mor
Assynt Foundation canisp_summit

There are two parking areas nearby on the south side of the A837 near Loch Awe. Neither is tarmac but they have hardstanding. There is room for about 6 cars in total but the car park nearest the loch is meant for fisherman.

There is a cliff face on the south-west side, and you do get a chance to be above a hunting eagle here, so it can be worth a careful look over the edge if your walk takes you that way.