The Foinaven and Reay Forest Hills Group

The group of hills comprising of Foinaven and the Reay Forest areas are exceptionally wild and remote and include the Corbetts: Foinaven, Arkle, Meall Horn, Meallan Liath Mhic Dhughaill, Ben Hee, Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh. This is a great area, well worth exploration and much less frequented than either Ben Hope or the more popular Assynt hills. The group occupies a huge area between the A838 Lairg to Durness road in the west and the A836 Lairg to Tongue and Altnaharra to Hope roads in the east with several main access points around these roads.

A track between Allnabad, on the Altnaharra to Hope road, and West Merkland traverses the range between Ben Hee and Beinn Direach over the Bealach nam Meirleach providing good access to the southern hills.

The A838 gives access to Ben Hee from West Merkland; Meallan Liath Mhic Dhughaill from Kinloch; Arkle and Meall Horn from near Achfary; Foinaven from Gualin House between Rhiconich and Durness; and Cranstackie and Beinn Spionnaidh from either Rhigolter or Polla.

Ben Hee as mist forms and high frontal clouds move in from the west - 2, Northern Sutherland
Ben Hee
Ben Hee is a fine Corbett, a big mass of a hill with several ridges and corries radiating from its ...
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Winter Afternoon - Arkle & Foinaven from Ben Hope, Northern Sutherland
Foinaven (Foinne Bhein) and Arkle
Foinaven and its neighbour Arkle are amongst Scotland's finest and starkly beautiful mountains; Foinaven is one of the highest Corbetts ...
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