A Chailleach is the most westerly of the Fannaichs and is usually climbed in conjunction with neighbouring Munro Sgurr Breac. They both lie to the east of Loch a’ Bhraoin. A Chailleach has 3 connecting ridges running N E and SW. The north ridge leads to Sron na Goibhre before dropping steeply to the shores of Loch a’ Bhraoin. This blunt face is littered with crags and a direct ascent should not be attempted. The E ridge leads to subsidiary peak Toman Coinnich and then on to neighbouring Munro Sgurr Breac. The long north ridge of Toman Coinnich is the usual access route for these two Munros. The final ridge runs SW to An Sguman before curving round to end at the shores of Loch Fannaich. This is not often used for any route of ascent however that’s not to say it can’t.
The summit of A Chailleach overlooks Loch Toll an Lochain nestled in the corrie separating the Munro from Toman Coinnich. This is a nice little feature. Other corries surround the Munro but this is the most profound.
Most people access these hills from the north at the A832 road. A track branches south leading to Loch a’ Bhraoin form here it’s a tough pull up to the main summit ridge usually via Toman Coinnich as mentioned previously. A Chailleach is best seen from the east where its sharp northern corrie can be best appreciated.