Beinn Alligin, Scottish Highlands

Beinn Alligin one of the classic mountains of the Torridon region of Scotland, lying to the north of Loch Torridon, in the Highlands. The name Beinn Alligin is from the Scottish Gaelic, meaning Jewelled Hill. The mountain has two peaks of Munro status: Tom na Gruagaich to the south, and Sgùrr Mhòr at 3,235 feet to the north.AscentThe usual route of ascent starts from the minor road between Torridon village and Inveralligin, following the route of the Abhainn Coire Mhic Nobuil, before heading up into the corrie of Coir nan Laogh. Steep grassy slopes then lead to the summit of Tom na Gruagaich. The main ridge of Beinn Alligin is then followed round to the north, leading the hillwalker towards Sgùrr Mhòr. Below the summit of this peak is a deep gash in the hillside known as Eag Dubh, the black notch, one of Beinn Alligin's most recognisable features.From the summit of Sgùrr Mhòr, it is possible to continue along the ridge, now heading in an easterly direction. The ridge at this point becomes much rockier, and a series of pinnacles known as the "Horns of Alligin" must be negotiated. The horns provide good summer scrambling for those with a head for heights, but in winter they are a much more serious proposition.An alternative descent, avoiding the horns, can be made by leaving the Beinn Alligin ridge at the col between the two summits where grassy slopes can be followed westwards down into a neighbouring glen. This route is not straightforward under winter conditions.
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  • A wonderful walk along a ridge with some exposure if you want. It is steep in places bit once onthe ridge the views open up lochs, mountains and islands. Very good standard of fitness is required.  more »
  • This is not as easy as it looks, especially if you have the slightest fear of heights. There is a lot of "on your butt" action for all of the climbs down, which there are several. Make sure you don't ...  more »
  • There is no mountain path to be experienced in our country, and it is good to be able to climb the mountains like a local if you are a beginner...
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  • Great hike! Incredible views though this isn't an easy hike!
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