Am Basteir from Sligachan

Summary for Am Basteir from Sligachan

Am Basteir from Sligachan is a route in “The Cuillin” region / range which is located in the The Islands area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

On this route you return by same way

Sunrise 9:05 am
Sunset 3:34 pm
6 hours 28 minutes(s) daylight
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12 km/ 7.46 miles910 m/ 2985.56 ft5 hours plus
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This is the easiest route onto the summit of Am Basteir which is second most northern peak on the Black Cuillin Ridge and has the recognisable rock face on the western side, known as the Basteir Tooth.

Starting from Sligachan opposite the MRT hut and follow a path along the western bank of the Allt Dearg Beag crossing . Continue along path up to Coire a' Bhasteir and ascend steeply onto the pass between Sgurr nan Gillean and Am Basteir called the Bealach Basteir. From here the last bit is the hard bit and the use of a safety rope may be required as well as a good head for heights. Head up the eastern ridge for the exhilarating scramble over about 200 m onto the summit point.

The quickest & simplest return to Sligachan is by the route of ascent

Route points for Am Basteir from Sligachan

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NG48422976212° SSW0.29 (0.29)Start from the path 200m south west from Sligachan Hotel
NG47982903186° S0.45 (0.74)Continue along the path
NG47602803206° SSW0.1 (0.84)Waterfall on the Allt Dearg Beag
NG47382784133° SE0.13 (0.97)Bridge across the Allt Dearg Beag
NG47512697218° SW0.3 (1.27)About 1km from Alllt Dearg Beag crossing branch right on a good cairned path
NG47312674251° WSW0.21 (1.48)Climb up the rocky spur between Coire Riabhach & Coire a' Bhastier
NG46952651165° SSE0.25 (1.73)Contiune up to reach Coire a' Basteir
NG47122574206° SSW0.16 (1.89)Climb steeply over scree, grass & bolders to reach Bealach a Bhasteir
NG46682527295° WNW0.15 (2.04)Scramble up Am Basteir's eastern ridge to reach th summit.
NG465253115° ESE0.15 (2.19)The summit Am Basteir - 934 ( metres)
Munros covered on Am Basteir from Sligachan
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
242 934 Am Basteir Possibly - The executioner am baastyer