Home   Glossary

Sgairneach Mhor


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.
991 m (3251 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.
155 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.
Big scree

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.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  42   Glen Garry & Loch Rannoch

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

The summit of Sgairneach Mhor lies close to the cliffs of Coire Creagach.

To the E of the corrie a narrow NE ridge forms the normal ascent route from the track in Coire Dhomhain. To the W of the corrie the short N ridge leads to steep rocky slopes.

The broad W ridge has steep N slopes but gentle S slopes leading down to the broad bealach at the head of Coire Dhomhain, which connects to Beinn Udlamain.

S slopes are gentle, and a broad S ridge connects to Mam Ban, 919m.

Hazards you may encounter on Sgairneach Mhor include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
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 Sgairneach Mhor

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

Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
Southeastern Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Beinn Bheoil
by Metcheck
Sgairneach Mhor Area Map
Legend  Munro  Corbett  Graham  English/Welsh Top  Accommodation

A selection of local accommodation options who advertise with Munromagic.com.

 Where to Stay
We currently have no
sponsored accommodation listings for this area.

The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sgairneach Mhor.

Click on the route title to load the full content for that route.

 Routes that include Sgairneach Mhor
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 802 m 15.01 km 4.5 hrs Beinn Udlamain and Sgairneach Mhor  Easy route starting from high altitude. Makes an excellent winter walk  
2 1183 m 23.12 km 7 hrs Beinn Udlamain, Sgairneach Mhor, A' Mharconaich and Geal Charn [Drumochter Pass]  Easy walking in a beautiful area. Care needed crossing stream when in spate.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Sgairneach Mhor

 Baggers Gallery for Sgairneach Mhor

top of sgairneach

© Colin Mochan

Image by Colin Mochan

Top of Sgairneach Mhor 21.01.11

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

Summit of Sgairneach Mhor, 17 February 2011

© Lisa O'keefe

Image by Lisa O'keefe

Jorja one the left & Maura on the right, at the summit of Sgairneach Mor, with unexpectedly good weather, January 2011

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair
View All 17 Baggers Images for Sgairneach Mhor
The logging section stores any entries for Sgairneach Mhor in your own log. From here you can
  1. Add a route log entry that includes this mountain
  2. Write a full account of your route including photos
  3. Edit an existing log entry including uploading a GPX file or add a photo
  4. Delete your log entry
Your Route Log
You need to be a member to have a route log.
Recently Climbed By
Lorna Ritchie on 21 Sep 2019
David McSporran on 25 Aug 2019
Andrew Stewart on 23 Jun 2019
Nick Waddell on 10 Jun 2019
Douglas Robertson on 06 May 2019
Daniel Mcmillan on 28 Oct 2018

If a member has uploaded a tracklog as part of their personal route log and opted to share it then it will be presented here.

You can view a members route overlayed on an online map or download the KMZ file for use in Google Earth.

 Shared Members Track Logs
Sgairneach Mhor and Beinn Udlamain
by Graham Ellis
Sgairneach Mhor and Beinn Udlamain
by Alan Parker

Post a few words about Sgairneach Mhor or read what others have had to say.

Showing the most recent 5 of 8 comments. Would you like to view all 8?
Andrew Minshall
wrote on
September 16, 2012
I know these comments may not be knew but anyway. The first is a reminder that there is abridge under the railway, after seeing a group of 4 deciding to cross the fence and then trespass over the railway - is this really responsible access. Secondly there are two newish bridges int he Glen. The first is situated directly below the beallach between the Sow of Atholl and Sgairneach Mhor after crossing this bridge the route involves crossing lots of heather and is very rough underfooot. There is a second new bridge further up glen with Landrover track to Coll may be the better route.
Sarah Holroyd
wrote on
January 15, 2012
High fences near the railway line were impossible to cross with a dog. Just a wee way down the old road there is a bridge under the railway. Dissapointed that it was also a locked gate, but at least possible to lift the dog over. There seem to be two new bridges. I chose the first, which has no landrover track on the other side. Just heather and patches of frozen ground, ice, leading up to the col.
Allan Taylor
wrote on
March 11, 2011
The bridge Scott refers to is at NN60807478.
Scott Blair
wrote on
January 22, 2011
I'm not claiming to have discovered this, because it was in Trail at the end of 2010, but if you're doing Sgairneach Mor first and struggling to get across the river, keep walking along the landrover track and you'll reach a fork, the left hand option of which leads you down to a nice new bridge and then a continuation of said landrover track a good long way up the shoulder of the hill. Your enjoyment of dry feet might be tempered by your view on landrover tracks in the hills of course. ;0)
Andrew Gray
wrote on
January 2, 2009
If taking on this route in the winter, it may be a good idea to cross the river earlier, as with the snow/rain the river was a lot stronger and we struggled to find a place to cross. Fantastic view from the top of Sgairneach Mhor!

A full written account of a climb submitted by our members.

You can prepare your own write up by first making an entry in your route log and then visiting the logging section above.

 Route Write-Ups
There are no Route Write-Ups submitted for Sgairneach Mhor
Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Contact Us