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Sgurr na Carnach


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
1002 m (3287 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
134 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Rocky peak of the cairns

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Sgurr na Carnach is one of three Munros on the N Glen Shiel ridge in the group known as the "Five Sisters".

The three Munros enclose Coire Domain to the E and to the W form the steep and rocky towering E wall of Glen Shiel. To the WNW, a single ridge leads down to Glen Shiel and whilst an ascent on the W slopes is possible, it is not recommended. The E slopes are also steep, and in places rocky.

Sgurr na Carnach is central of the three Munros and consequently it is normally ascended from Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe to the S or Sgurr Fuaran to the N.

Hazards you may encounter on Sgurr na Carnach include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Narrow Ridges, with exposure.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
Picture Gallery for Sgurr na Carnach

A selection of weather forecasts local to #GetMountain.Top_Name#.

Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ladhar Bheinn
by Metcheck
Sgurr na Carnach Area Map
Legend  Munro  Corbett  Graham  English/Welsh Top  Accommodation

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 Where to Stay
Results by distance 'as the crow flies' from Sgurr na Carnach
Please check the provision of roads in the area.
5.0 km
Woodlands (self-catering)
by Shiel Bridge, Inverness-shire
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sgurr na Carnach.

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 Routes that include Sgurr na Carnach
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1809 m 20.24 km 7.5 hrs Sgurr Fhuaran, Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe and Sgurr na Carnach  A moderate to strenuous route on the "Five Sisters of Kintail" involving some relatively easy scrambling. This is a classic route.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Sgurr na Carnach

 Baggers Gallery for Sgurr na Carnach

Graham on the top of Sgurr na Carnach, 5th June 2009, walking in the snowflakes and sun!

© Graham & Joanne Bullen

Image by Graham & Joanne Bullen

Joanne, Lynda & Scott, on a wet Sgurr na Carnach, 5th June 2009.

© Graham & Joanne Bullen

Image by Graham & Joanne Bullen

Sgurr na Carnach summit ....20th march 2009...brill!!

© Dougie Mccoll

Image by Dougie Mccoll
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Recently Climbed By
Steven Mitchell on 30 Aug 2018
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robin scott on 17 May 2018
John Morrison on 12 May 2018
Fiona Reid on 11 Mar 2018

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Post a few words about Sgurr na Carnach or read what others have had to say.

Stephen Maddocks
wrote on
August 30, 2008
A great walk in good conditions, or so I am led to believe. An exciting and challenging one in mist and cloud nonetheless. It is worth noting that the footbridge near Sheil Bridge is not in use.
Victor Young
wrote on
January 7, 2005
We did this Munro Triplet from the back (Morvich up Gleann Lichd) but left too late of an October day (12-30pm) The walk on a Land Rover track is wonderful right up to Glenlicht House but progress slows up quite a bit after that. It all gets a bit wet at this time of year but the scenery leaves the A87 route redundant ! We knew we were pushing it to get the 3 Munros finished and by the time we got to Sgurr Fhuaran our time was already up ! The rest was a nightmare and the drop off Fhuaran steep and relentless. Last 2 hours in the dark and not much fun but a lesson learned !

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 29 Apr 2011 5 Sisters George Dyball Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe, Sgurr na Carnach and Sgurr Fhuaran Not Yet Rated
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