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.



foinaven & Arkle, originally uploaded by Yokels.

Arkle is a mountain in Sutherland, situated in the far north-west corner of the Scottish Highlands. Like its sister Foinaven, the mountain is made up of glistening white Cambrian quartzite, laid down around 530 million years ago on an uneven basement of much older Lewisian gneiss. The quartzite, and Torridorian sandstone which makes up many of the other mountains in the area, have been dissected by rivers and glaciers, leaving a series of isolated peaks, such as Suilven, Quinag and Stac Pollaidh, standing above the “knock and lochan” landscape of small hills and lakes that is typical of the Lewisian gneiss.

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Written by Abigail Young

I've had a passion for everything British my entire life, despite being raised as a small-town girl in the American Midwest, After years of dreaming, I got the chance to live and work in England for an entire year. Now I write about my favorite country, and hopefully inspire my fellow Britophiles to get over there and experience it for themselves.

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