Liathach is one of the best known of the Torridon Hills in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. Its elevation is 1,055 m (3,461 ft) and its prominence is 957 m (3,140 ft). It has two distinct summits with Munro status: towards the east end of the ridge lies Spidean a’Choire Leith and in the west is Mullach an Rathain (1,023 m / 3,356 ft), as well as a number of subsidiary Munro Tops.
This mountain is classified by many hikers as Scotland’s best mountain, as it presents a challenging ascent no matter which route is taken. The ridge separating the two summits, for example, is marked by a series of rocky pinnacles, known as Am Fasarinen (‘The Teeth’), which require experienced scrambling skills. The narrow path that avoids this obstacle by crossing the ridge on the south side is no easier in some ways, as it is very eroded and exposed.
Climbing in winter is not recommended without a great deal of experience and the proper equipment.