Isle of Skye
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NG505292 At this point cross the Allt Daraich and follow its left bank back to the start – and the pub!
The legendary Sligachan bar.