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Sgurr nan Ceannaichean


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.
913 m (2995 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.
3 of 222 Corbetts
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 pedlars

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
  25   Glen Carron & Glen Affric

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

Sgurr nan Ceannaichean, is a compact and relatively steep sided mountain with a craggy W face. From the S it has a rounded profile with two short ridges (ESE and W) on the upper slopes only.

A path from the track in Pollan Buidhe ascends the S face to the W ridge. There is a distinct N ridge, which forms the W wall of Coire Toll nam Bian, and leads down to a path by the Alltan na Feola.

Sgurr nan Ceannaichean, formerly a munro, was re-surveyed at 913.43m by the Munro Society and officially changed status on the 10th of September 2009.

Hazards you may encounter on Sgurr nan Ceannaichean include
 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.
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sgurr nan Ceannaichean.

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 Routes that include Sgurr nan Ceannaichean
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 987 m 10.91 km 4 hrs Moruisg and Sgurr nan Ceannaichean  Moderate route but with some steep slopes.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Sgurr nan Ceannaichean

 Baggers Gallery for Sgurr nan Ceannaichean

Just managing to walk against very strong winds between the summit cairns. 22/09/2011

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Me, Oscar and Karl on summit, this cairn being the better of two, and the true summit cairn is to the south,(31/10/10).

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

Sgurr nan Ceannaichean summit on fab but cold day in august 2009

© Dougie Mccoll

Image by Dougie Mccoll

Summit of Sgurr nan Ceannaichean.

© David Singleton

Image by David Singleton
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Stevie Yates on 04 Mar 2024
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Sgurr nan Ceannaichean and Moruisg
by Doug Tulloch
Moruisg and Sgurr nan Ceannaichean
by Brian Howarth
Moruisg and Sgurr nan Ceannaichean
by David McSporran

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David Harbottle
wrote on
April 16, 2006
Climbed 14/4/06, a great hill. If you choose to complete the Sgurr nan Ceannaichean -> Moruisg ciruit anti clockwise here's how to save yourself some pain: From the A890 (car park) cross river by bridge and pass under railway, the path seems to disappear. Do NOT head N to north ridge of SnC, instead follow the railway line fence west for about 1/3 mile (very boggy) before turning only slighly ENE directly towards the Alltan na Feola to pick up an excellent stalkers path on the east side of the burn - this excellent path will take you easily to the foot of N ridge (avoiding deep peat hag area).

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