Fuar Tholl, Strathcarron

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Fuar Tholl is a mountain in the highlands of Scotland. It is situated in the Coulin deer forest 21 km SW of Achnasheen in the Wester Ross region of the Highland council area.
Fuar Tholl has a rocky summit, and has acquired the nickname Wellington's Nose because the summit ridge is similar in profile to an upturned face which bears a supposed likeness to Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. The considerable nose on the face is provided the tip of the Mainreachan Buttress which can just be seen over the outline of the main summit. Fuar Tholl reaches a height of 907 metres (2976 feet) making it the 13th highest Corbett. It fails to reach Munro status by just seven metres, but despite this it is regarded by many as the finest of the mountains in the Glen Carron area. The mountain’s name translates from the Gaelic language as “Cold Hole”, it was probably named by ancient settlers in Glen Carron and refers to the deep eastern corrie which is shaded from sunlight and faces that glen.
Fuar Tholl’s best feature is the rough stone filled Coire Mainnrichean on the western side of the mountain, which has the spectacular 500 foot high cliffs of the Mainreachan Buttress within it. The buttress is one of the finest ice climbing venues in Scotland with Andy Nisbet having pioneered many of the routes. The one kilometre long summit ridge has three high points, the 907 metre main top is marked by a trig point and is situated at the eastern end of the ridge above the eastern corrie which gives the mountain its name. The top of the Mainreachan Buttress is the second top with a height of 895 metres while the third peak is Creag Mainnrichean at the western end of the summit ridge with a height of 857 metres.
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  • The round of Coire Lair from Achnashellach station, taking in Beinn Liath Mhor, Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Tholl is a classic 9 hour ridgewalk. Easy access in and out by good stalkers paths. Great view west...  more »
  • Fuar Tholl is a spectacular mountain - when bathed in sunshine, it glistens. Best viewed from across the sea loch at Attadale  more »
  • Ominous was the drive to Achnashellach & the 3 snow-plows we passed bull-dozing the roads clear, followed by the mutterings in the car-park, as sleet mixed with rain & of non-existent visuals of any surrounding hills. Lol, no other choice then, so onward we all marched, thru the gloom, heading up Coire Earba & If we could at least make the confluence of the paths above the waterfall then perhaps we could swing north-east & meet up with Toni, doing a low-level towards the Tea-House Bothy. As it was the weather Gods smiled. A little. This then set everyone up for aiming higher & towards Loch Coire Lair. And the snow on the trail just got deeper. we then saw a traverse in under Creag Mainnrichean & was then able to top out quite high on the main ridge, as per the pic, with only c.150' to go. But at which point the weather Gods did a mini storm dance. The top was doable, but the risk was high in the descent & was two-fold (1) finding the descent gully access point (wee cornices) & (2) the return via the trail in, would be a complete nightmare, If the wee storm persisted & covered the tracks. The Gods smiled again though, once sufficient height had been lost. Was a Very taxing day but was wonderful feeling of accomplishment ; 50 mtrs short of the summit was, imo, a terrific reflection on IMC in very difficult conditions. Thank you all.
  • Fuar Tholl is an impressive Corbett 919m, only just missing out on Munro status. The approach has good views of the huge Mainnrichean Buttress and from the summit there are extensive views in all directions. Ascend is 9miles long from road and along railway track. Allow 7 hours in winter condition.
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