Foinaven and its neighbour Arkle are amongst Scotland’s finest mountains; Foinaven is one of the highest Corbetts – it has several tops but its highest, Ganu Mor, is just short of Munro status at 911 metres or 2989 feet. Arkle is lower at 787 metres and is joined to its more illustrious neighbour by a dipping and sweeping swath of quartzite across Bealach Horn (513m) and Bealach an Easaine Uaine (388m), but it is a fine hill in its own right.
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Foinaven and Arkle lie at the north end of the Reay Forest chain of hills between the River Laxford to the south and Strath Dionard to the north. The peaks are formed from shattered Cambrian quartzite; Pipe Rock containing the fossilised burrows of worm like creatures, lying on top of the surrounding ancient lewisian gneiss basement rocks.
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