The Five Sisters of Kintail is an unbroken ridge of mountains north-west of Glen Shiel and overlooking Loch Duich and the villages of Morvich and Ratagan; the view of these mountains from Mam Ratagan, the highest point on the road to Glenelg and Arnisdale, is one of the most iconic images of the Scottish Highlands. The five distinctly pointed summits, Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe, Sgurr na Carnach, the highest Sgurr Fhuaran 1,067 metres (3,501 ft), Sgurr nan Saighead and Sgurr na Moraich are a well-known landmark and a popular hillwalking expedition. Three of the Five Sisters, which are all over 3,000 feet, are classified as full Munros, with the other two being subsidiary Munro tops.
Glen Shiel glen runs from shores of Loch Cluanie on the moorland at the junction of Strath Cluanie and Glenmoriston to sea level at Loch Duich and the village of Shiel Bridge. The north-western and lower end of the glen lies within the Kintail and Morvich estate, however, the ridge containing the Five Sisters of Kintail continues unbroken to the east where it takes in a further group of three Munros (Sgùrr a' Bhealaich Dheirg, Sàileag and Aonach Meadhoin) known as the Brothers of Kintail. Along with the neighbouring ridge of Ciste Dubh this cluster of mountains dominate the view ahead as one progresses west along the glen.
Even further east and overlooking Loch Cluanie itself are two more fine peaks set back from the open glen that form the watershed between Glen Shiel and Glen Affric - A'Chralaig and Sgurr nan Conbhairean; A'Chralaig, 1,120 metres (3,670 ft), being the highest in this region.
On the south side of Glen Shiel and Loch Claunie runs a magnificent ridge containing seven Munros starting at Creag a'Mhaim in the east and ending at Creag nan Damh in the west; it is over 25 kilometers in length and most of it over 900 metres in height. In addition, the glen is terminated further to the west by the striking peak of The Saddle, whose Forcan Ridge, traversed in either summer or winter, provides one of Scotland's classic mountain expeditions. Seen from the site of the Battle of Glen Shiel or from the banks of the River Shiel it forms with its shapely neighbour, Faochag, one of the best-known views in the Highlands.