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Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary]


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.
953 m (3126 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.
213 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 corries

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.

You can click on the map name to purchase the map for £6.29 including postage which is one of the cheapest prices we have found.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  33   Loch Alsh, Glen Shiel & Loch Hourn
  40   Mallaig & Glenfinnan, Loch Shiel
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A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Sgurr nan Coireachan is the most easterly of three remote Munros at the head of Glen Dessarry. It is a complex mountain with a second peak, An Eag (873m) and long ridges NNE and NE. The NE ridge from An Eag leads over Sgurr Beag (890m) to Sgurr Mor more than 3km away.

Because of its remoteness Sgurr nan Coireachan is only ascended from Glen Dessarry and its S ridge is the obvious, if unrelenting route to its summit. The other access route is the SW ridge and col leading to Garbh Choich Bheag and onto Garbh Choich Mhor.

Hazards you may encounter on Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary] include
 Relatively Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags 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 Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary]

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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 nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary] Area Map
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 Where to Stay
Results by distance 'as the crow flies' from Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary]
Please check the provision of roads in the area.
23.0 km
Woodlands (self-catering)
by Shiel Bridge, Inverness-shire
For information on camping visit
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a map of scottish camp grounds.
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Fantastic, heated, 2-4 berth campervans for hire

The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary].

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 Routes that include Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1894 m 23.14 km 8 hrs Sgurr na Ciche, Garbh Chioch Mhor and Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary]  This is a strenuous route on rough terrain, with unbridged streams to cross.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary]

 Baggers Gallery for Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary]

Karl and me on summit, 12,6,11.

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

Summit of Sgurr nan Coireachan with Sgurr Mor at the rear. 14/08/10

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

can it get any better 21/04/10

© Dougie Mccoll

Image by Dougie Mccoll

Giving the feet a break just below the summit of Sgurr nan Coireachan. May 2008.

© David Walsh

Image by David Walsh
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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 31 Aug 2012 Cycle approach Mike Marshall Sgurr na Ciche, Garbh Chioch Mhor and Sgurr nan Coireachan [Glen Dessary]
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