Meaning “white hill”
Canisp is Suilven’s nearby neighbour and is usually much quieter. The walk up Canisp starts from the side of the road about 3 miles south from the Lodge, and follows a fairly direct path up the east side of the mountain – often walking on great slabs of exposed quartzite.
It’s the ideal climb for anyone looking to stay well away from steep drops, with wide slopes. Whilst not as popular as its neighbour, it is taller by over 100m, making it a Corbett (the little brother of the Munros).
The views of the other mountains in the area are hidden until you are right at the top - providing you with the most spectacular reward for your efforts, with views of not only Suilven, but Cul Mor, Stac Pollaidh and the coastline.
Note: As is typical of Assynt mountains, there is little in the way of a path, and for those who set off from Loch Awe, it’s a bit of a muddy start before the slope gets much dryer. When you come to the burn, instead of crossing it, you can head off to the right and follow it up the mountain to enjoy a series of waterfalls, waterslides and deep limestone gorges.
Distance: 7.5 miles
Time: 5 - 6 hours
For detailed route instructions, click here.