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The northern Cuillins - Am Basteir and Sgurr nan Gillean

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Highland, Scotland, about 13.90km (8.64 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 1026m (3366ft)
Descent 1007m (3303ft)
Max. Elevation 920m (3018ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 2033m (6669ft)
Start & End
Sligachan Hotel
Distance 13.90km
Duration ~7:00h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 19 Sep 2010
The Cuillin Ridge dominates walking on the Isle of Skye. One of the finest sections is the traverse of the Munros of Sgurr nan Gillean, Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe, starting and finishing from Sligachan Hotel. Note - this is a hard mountain trip, which involves difficult and technical scrambling, and is for experienced walkers only. Some climbing experience is very useful. If it sounds a bit too much, head to Sgurr Beag, enjoy sensational views of the Cuillin and return to Sligachan.

Walk Functions


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Take the Skye Bus to the Sligachan Hotel to start your day. The mighty Cuillins already dominate the view south. Make sure you are fully prepared as this is a tough walk/climb and the Cuillin is no place to get caught out. A clear path crosses the moor alongside the Allt Dearg Beag.
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A bridge cross the Allt Dearg Beag and the path continues due south toward the ridge.
About 2.31 km (~1.44 miles) from
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Pass Loch a' Coire Rhiabach and continue into the corrie.
About 2.41 km (~1.5 miles) from
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Continue climbing up the corrie wall to Sgurr Beag and the southeast ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean.
About 0.59 km (~0.37 miles) from
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Keep on the ridge to the first Munro of the route, Sgurr nan Gillean (964m).
About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from
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The next stage is the crux of this walk. A difficult and scrambly descent west from Sgurr nan Gillean takes you into the cleft of Nicolson's Chimney - a scrambling rope may be useful here.
About 0.30 km (~0.19 miles) from
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Make your way carefully across the screes to the ridge of Am Bastier. This continues as an undulating scramble along to the summit.
About 0.31 km (~0.19 miles) from
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The second Munro is Am Bastiel (934m).
About 0.08 km (~0.05 miles) from
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From Am Basteil, drop again into Bealach a' Bastier and follow the rough path round to Bealach nan Lice. From here, continue over Sgurr a' Fionn Choire to the final Munro of Bruach na Frithe (958m).
About 0.35 km (~0.22 miles) from
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Descend Bruach na Frithe via the northwestern shoulder. At Bealach a' Mhaim, pick up the path back to Sligachan.
About 0.80 km (~0.5 miles) from
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At Bealach a Mhaim, head northeast and follow the Allt Dearg Mor back to Sligachan.
About 1.32 km (~0.82 miles) from
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Back to Sligachan for a well-earned rest.
About 4.34 km (~2.7 miles) from

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