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Sgurr nan Eag


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.
924 m (3031 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.
265 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 notches

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.

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

Sgurr nan Eag is the most southerly Munro on the Black Cuillin Ridge and it is normally climbed with its its nearest neighbour Sgurr Dubh Mor.

The normal ascent route follows a cairn marked path into Coire a' Ghrunda to reach Loch coir' a' Ghrunda, a route with some exposure on sloping slabs.

From the N of the loch ascend NNE to Bealach Garbh-choire on the main ridge NW of Sgurr Dubh. Bear SE past Sgurr Dubh, then S over the rocky tower, Caisteal a' Garbh-choire, to the summit ridge of Sgurr nan Eag. Caisteal a' Garbh-choire, can be by-passed below the ridge summit.

NB scrambling and exposure unavoidable.

Hazards you may encounter on Sgurr nan Eag include
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Narrow Ridges, with exposure.
 Scrambling (major), greater exposure and steeper rock.
 Magnetic rock, compass bearings inacurate.
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.
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Sgurr Nan Eag
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Sgurr nan Eag Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sgurr nan Eag.

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 Routes that include Sgurr nan Eag
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1150 m 14.42 km 5 hrs Sgurr Dubh Mor and Sgurr nan Eag  The Cuillin should not be attempted unless you are comfortable with scrambling exposure. You are recommended to purchase and study a higher scale map of the Black Cuillin of Skye before attempting an ascent.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Sgurr nan Eag

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Very warm on the summit of Sgurr nan Eag on 11/07/13

© Mike Reynolds

Image by Mike Reynolds

This is me at the start of an epic couple of days on Skye doing the full traverse with Lou and our Guide Di Gilbert, Superb!

© Colin Fridge

Image by Colin Fridge

On top of Sgurr nan Eag

© John Cantrell

Image by John Cantrell

April 28th, 2012 - me at the summit of Sgurr nan Eag.

© Andrew Blair

Image by Andrew Blair
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Sgurr nan Eag and Sgurr Dubh Mor
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David S Brown
wrote on
May 19, 2006
Roger Vander Steen's description of the ascent is spot-on. The most time-consuming part is route-finding from lower Coir a' Ghrunnda to the upper coire. What a splendid place this upper coire is, with it's lovely loch surrounded by mountains forming what the French would call a 'cirque'. If you do no more than reach this for a picnic you'll have had a great day out. Once onto Sgurr nan Eag, be aware that the highest top is the farthest away (most Southerly), and the only one with a large well-built cairn, so you shouldn't mistake it in fog.
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
February 27, 2006
From the Glen Brittle camp site a good rebuilt path leads over towards Coir’ a’ Ghrunnda. After a grassy climb the rocky floor of the coire is entered at a slender cairn (see my photo). The route keeps to the left, above the main stream, close to a cliff towering above on the left. After passing through an area of large boulders, keep another cliff on the left. Eventually a convex slope of smooth rock bars the way but it can be climbed using a clear narrow crack for footholds. The loch will be reached soon after this. If going directly to Sgurr nan Eag, the scree slope to the south of the loch can be climbed (see my photo). This keeps well to the right of Caisteal a’ Garbh-choire and also below the rocky crest of the ridge itself. It joins a stony terrace which climbs southwards before emerging onto a broad ridge. This can be followed to the summit.

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