Sgurr nan Gillean

Summary for Sgurr nan Gillean

Sgurr nan Gillean is an munro in Scotand and is located in the area The Islands as defined by SMC. (and lies in region known as The Cuillin )

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HeightGrid Ref.PronunciationMeaning
964 metres / 3163 feetNG472252Skoor nan GeelyanRocky peak of the young men
LocationAccess
The IslandsMacleod Estate, tel: 01470 521206
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Sgurr nan Gillean is a mountain in the Cuillin range on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. With a height of 964 m (3162 feet) it is one of eleven Munros on the Cuillin ridge.

Sgurr nan Gillean is the mountain closest to Sligachan, and its impressive triangular profile is visible behind the Sligachan hotel, making it perhaps the most recognised peak in the Cuillin range. The summit is a small and airy platform offering magnificent views.

The most popular route of ascent, misleadingly known as the Tourist Route, follows a path leading south, crossing a burn known the Allt Dearg Beag (small red burn). The route continues up in to a corrie, the Coire Rhiabhach. The final sections, from the head of the corrie and along the southeast ridge to the summit are extremely exposed, and call for scrambling ability. Alternative routes to the summit include the west ridge, which is a very narrow wall of rock, and the north ridge of the mountain, known as Pinnacle Ridge, both of which require an even higher scrambling ability.

The west ridge leads down to a bealach separating Sgurr nan Gillean from Am Basteir. About two-thirds of the way down, there is a particularly narrow and exposed section, which forms the remains of a large upright rock, known as the Gendarme which broke away due to the effects of frost shatter during the winter of 1986/87, leaving only the base. The narrow section can be avoided by abseiling down (or climbing up) a gully, known as Nicholson's Chimney, on the north side of the ridge.

The number of registered munro-madness users who have climbed Sgurr nan Gillean is Twenty-Four

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