12 Munros of the Mullardoch Round

Skill level
Very challenging - Previous experience on challenging walks essential
Grade 2

The 12 Munros of the Mullardoch Round is a Classic Route in some of the remotest and beautiful scenery in the Highlands. So named as we will be doing a circular walk of the Loch, picking off all twelve of the Munros in a three day backpacking expedition. This is an extremely demanding walk, almost 60 km in length with 5,000m ascent where you will be carrying a full rucksack including camping gear to be self sufficient for the duration. The rewards for your efforts though are outstanding scenery and the satisfaction of achieving this 12 Munro round.

You will need to have an excellent level of fitness and previous experience of camping, preferably backpacking, for this walk which is a mixture of rough paths, boulders, pathless hillside and a river crossing. These are big mountain days in extremely remote countryside and should not be underestimated. If you have any questions or reservations about your fitness and ability to achieve this walk, please contact me in advance to discuss.

Day one - From our start\finish point, the car park at the south side of the Loch Mullardoch dam, we will walk north and ascend Carn Gobhar on rough, pathless ground. With the first Munro completed we follow the ridge west for the next 10km, finishing on Munro number four for the day, An Socach and descending to the west end of Loch Mullardoch before crossing the river and setting camp for the night. This is our biggest single day at about 25 km with almost 2,000m ascent and could take 10 - 12 hours.

Day two - From our camp we will head up the side of the Allt Cam into Coire Aird from where we will regain the ridge and head up to Munro number one for the day, Mullach na Dheiragain. Follow the ridge crossing another three Munros before camping high on a bealach either before or after Mam Sodhail, depending on how the group is feeling after another big day. Once camp is set, we may decide to head out to the outlying Munro, Beinn Fhionnlaidh, lightened of our packs, it's an easy prospect. This will be around a 20 km day with 2,000m ascent, depending on our final route, another 10 - 12 hour day.

Day three - From our high starting point around 800m, break camp and head immediately up Carn Eighe and onwards for the final three Munros, finishing the round on Toll Creagach before descending back to the car park at the dam. Our final day is our shortest at around 15 km and 1,000m ascent, again depending on where we camped the day before. We should be done in 6 - 8 hours or so.

A truly demanding but magnificent three days.

Not sure if you're ready for the camping aspect of this trip? Join us for our beginner's wild camping weekend and pick up the skills you'll need.

3 days
60 km over 3 days
Group size
Start time
Start location
South side of the Mullardoch Dam, Cannich, Beauly, IV4 7LX