Foinaven is a mountain in Scotland, situated in the far north-west corner of the Scottish Highlands. Foinaven is not difficult to climb but it is about five miles from the nearest road. All ascents therefore require a long and strenuous hike over a wild landscape covered in peat groughs and tiny lochans that restrict progress. When you arrive at the bottom of the mountain there is then a steep climb followed by a scramble along a sharp ridge to the highest point, Ganu Mòr. Very strong walkers can continue onwards, taking in Foinaven’s smaller neighbour, Arkle. Sitting on the summit ridge one can constantly hear the shifting and sliding of the quartzite screes below the crags — an eerie sound that never stops.
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