Beinn Alligin - Sgurr Mhòr

Summary for Beinn Alligin - Sgurr Mhòr

Beinn Alligin - Sgurr Mhòr is an munro in Scotand and is located in the area Coulin and Torridon as defined by SMC. (and lies in region known as Torridon )

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HeightGrid Ref.PronunciationMeaning
986 metres / 3235 feetNG865613Skoor VoarBig peak (Jewel hill)
LocationAccess
Coulin and TorridonNational Trust for Scotland (Torridon): tel: 01445 791221
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Details for Beinn Alligin - Sgurr Mhòr

Sgurr Mhòr is a western munro in TheTorridon Region and sits on the north end of the Ben Alligin mountain range. It is easily recongnised as it has it has a distinctive gully on it's southeaster face known as Eag Dubh na h-Eigheachd (the black notch of the wailing) or Black Cleft and also the highest munro on the ridge.

Ben Alligin lacks the mass of its eastern neighbours but lives up to it's name the usual translation is jewelled mountain especially on a clear day in early spring from the Shieldaig Road (A896) around NG865542 it looks a commanding elevation with great it's great gashed flanks and 3 horns with snowy tops. Sgurr Mhòr northern flanks rise impressively over Loch Toll nam Bias formed mainly of terraced layered sandstone capped with sprinklings of quartzite on the summit.

Spurring to the east of Sgurr Mhòr's substantial summit cairn lie a series of rocky pinnacles known as the "Horns of Alligin" (also known as Na Rathanan 866 metres ) which is good summer scrambling if you've a head for height but if tackled in the winter months turns into a serious expedition. It's south-eastern slopes plunge steeply into Tol a'Mhadaidh More (The Hollow of the wolf) forming the northern part of Ben Allign's main corrie beneath Eag Dhubh with Tom na Gruagaich forming the southern part.

Usual access the summit is from the southern ridge via the col from Tom na Gruagaich. Alternatively access can be gained via a left fork heading into Bealach a Chomhla around NG882601 then climbing rough mountainside of Na Rathanan's south eastern ridge and then over "The Horns". The Horns can be avoided by a very faint path which runs beneath the peaks on the south.

The panorma from the summit point of Sgurr Mhòr, and all along the ridge is arguably the finest in the Torridon opening uninterrupted of hills and sea around the western arc over to the isles , also superb views of its eastern sand stoned terraced neighbours.

The number of registered munro-madness users who have climbed Beinn Alligin - Sgurr Mhòr is Thirty-Five

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