Sgurr Alasdair & Sgurr Mhic Choinnich

Summary for Sgurr Alasdair & Sgurr Mhic Choinnich

Sgurr Alasdair & Sgurr Mhic Choinnich 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.

This is a mainly circular route but there are parts where you need to retrace your footsteps

Sunrise 6:12 am
Sunset 8:43 pm
14 hours 30 minutes(s) daylight
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The Highest Munro on The Cuillin

DistanceAscentTime
9 km/ 5.59 miles990 m/ 3248.03 ft4 hours plus
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This route is up 2 munros on the southern section of The Cuillin which rise above the splendid Coire Lagan with Sgurr Alasdair being the highest peak on the range.

Start from the Glen Brittle Memorial Hut and head up the path on the southern side of Allt Coire na Banachdich passing some waterfalls, Loch an Fhir-bhallaich to reach Coire Lagen which is often considered to be the finest of all the Cuillin corries. Head for the col between Sgurr Dearg (The Inaccessible Pinnacle) & Sgurr Mhic Chonnich and then scramble over exposed north western ridge. The traverse between Sgurr Mhic Chonnich & Sgurr Alsadair is difficult so head back down to Coire Lagen just above the lochan. From here climb the screes below the Great Stone Shoot to reach the gully between Sgurr Alsadair & Sgurr Thearlaich then it's a short scamble onto the sumit.

Descent back to Coire Lagan and return by the same route

On a good clear day you can see as far as Ben Nevis and beyond

Route points for Sgurr Alasdair & Sgurr Mhic Choinnich

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NG41082156113° ESE0.34 (0.34)Start from Glen Brittle Memorial Hut
NG4138214174° ENE0.21 (0.55)Follow path along southern side of Allt Coire na Banachdich
NG41932138113° ESE0.25 (0.8)Continue past waterfall heading upto Coire Logan
NG42962091133° SE0.15 (0.95)Pass Loch an Fhir Bhallaich below Coire Lagan
NG43062080106° ESE0.19 (1.14)When the path forks take the left branch
NG4369206868° ENE0.48 (1.62)The path from the campsite joins path. Continue up to Coire Lagen where both munros are climbed from
NG4451210525° NNE0.22 (1.84)Just above Loch Coire Lagan climb steeply over srcree slopes to reach col.
NG44722139118° ESE0.09 (1.93)Bealach Coire Lagan
NG44802134145° SE0.13 (2.06)traverse the ridge which is narrow and exposed and has a few bits of difficult scrambling
NG450210303° WNW0.14 (2.2)The summit Sgurr Mhic Choinnich - 948 ( metres)
NG44932113323° NW0.11 (2.31)return back to Bealach Coire Lagan and descend back to Loch Coire Lagan
NG44912088130° SE0.19 (2.5)Scramble onto summit point
NG450207310° NW0.19 (2.69)The summit Sgurr Alasdair - 992 ( metres)
NG44862092285° WNW0.37 (3.06)Descend steeply back to Coire Lagan
NG44152083248° WSW0.48 (3.54)Head back via route of ascent
Munros covered on Sgurr Alasdair & Sgurr Mhic Choinnich
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
154 992 Sgurr Alasdair Alasdair's rocky peak skoor alastar
217 948 Sgurr Mhic Choinnich Mackenzie's rocky peak Skoor Vee Chonneech