Isle of Skye

Trail (UK) - - ISLE OF SKYE -

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NG487298 Start at the Sli­gachan Ho­tel by the old bridge and take the path on the left bank of the River Sli­gachan, signed to Loch Coruisk and Glenbrit­tle. This soon splits and you take the left fork to walk up the right bank of the Allt Daraich. Leave this good path 200m on to pass through a gate and stay with Allt Daraich.

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NG487296 A smaller path takes you into bog­gier ground and through a fur­ther gate, fol­low­ing a line of old fence posts. When the line of these posts bends to fol­low the river, head east-south-east. A small but very vis­i­ble path runs from here up the end of the shoul­der of Druim na Ruaige. A short but steep climb brings you to the lit­tle point at 429m at the north-west end of the shoul­der.

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NG506278 From here the go­ing is gen­tler as you as­cend the broad grassy shoul­der with the twin peaks of Beinn Dearg Mhead­honach and Beinn Dearg Mhor ahead. The last sec­tion of the shoul­der up to Beinn Dearg Mhead­honach is up steeper scree but the zigzags of the path make the go­ing eas­ier.

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NG515271 At the sum­mit of Beinn Dearg Mhead­honach (651m) there are fan­tas­tic views of Sgurr nan Gil­lean and Am Basteir at the end of the Cuillin Ridge. From the sum­mit fol­low the ridge down to Bealach Mos­garaidh be­fore a longer, steeper as­cent to the nar­row top of Beinn Dearg Mhor (731m). From this airy po­si­tion, the hill­side drops straight to the sea at Loch Ai­nort.

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The de­scent from Beinn Dearg Mhor starts gen­tly, head­ing north. You then turn north-west to drop down to Bealach na Sgairde. This is very steep across large scree, re­quir­ing great care to be taken.

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NG517293 From Bealach na Sgairde, which ap­pro­pri­ately means scree pass, it is al­most 300m of as­cent up more steep scree slopes to reach the sum­mit of Sgurr Mhairi, Gla­maig’s high­est peak.

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NG513300 From the sum­mit, you could try the scree slope right back to the Sli­gachan, but the less deathde­fy­ing route is to re­trace your steps to Bealach na Sgairde then down the side of the burn. Con­tour round the hill­side on one of the small deer paths to gain the spur to the left of the burn. This makes for the eas­i­est walk­ing and you can fol­low it down un­til the burn joins the Allt Daraich.

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NG505292 At this point cross the Allt Daraich and fol­low its left bank back to the start – and the pub!

The leg­endary Sli­gachan bar.

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