Further north, Torridon is a scrambler’s heaven, with Liathach the jewel in the crown. The main ridge traverse is arguably the best known scramble in the North-West, but few people start it by doing the South Ridge of Mullach an Rathain. This adds another 200 metres of enjoyable scrambling to what is already a great day out. It also means that you are doing the main Fasarinen Pinnacles west to east, so going up the best bits rather than down them, easier and far more fun.
The pinnacles are benchmark Grade 2, not particularly difficult but often wildly exposed, and the South Ridge is the same grade but nearer the top of it, especially the awkward last little wall. This isn’t exposed but the holds are smaller than you would like and it’s slightly steeper than the rest of the route. You can avoid it on the right but it does provide a memorable climax. Most of the ridge is much easier, the narrow aretes having an atmospheric ‘perched above the sea’ feel which the main ridge lacks. It’s less well travelled than the main ridge so there is the odd loose hold, but there is always another equally good one available and the setting is tremendous.
The Fisherfield would be most people’s choice as the wildest corner of the North-West and it contains a clutch of highly prized Munros. The highest of these is Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair and this throws out a long ridge eastwards which gives alpine-feeling scrambling on a sharp ridge with a real feeling of remoteness. It also gives you the chance to do the two easternmost Fisherfield Munros in a day trip from the road, albeit quite a long day. It’s technically easy (Grade 1) but with some exposure over the pinnacles, which are reminiscent of the Bristly Ridge in Snowdonia’s Glyders.
Below them there is a good start up rough slabs, slightly harder (easy Grade 2) but with everything escapable if you need to. Just to the north there is a huge ramp of easy angled quartzite slabs, really impressive from a distance but actually walking angle. They make an interesting descent, especially if you visit the quirky little knobble of Meallan an Laoigh perched above them. It’s a big day out but a hugely rewarding one.