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Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Applecross]


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.
792 m (2598 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.
173 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.
Peak of the little berry field

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
  24   Raasay & Applecross, Loch Torridon & Plockton

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

Sgurr a' Chaorachain is one of the two hills that flank Scotland's highest road, the Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle), on the route to Applecross.

It is part of a range of hills that have been eroded on their E faces to form an impressive line of crags.

Sgurr a'Chaorachain lies to the N of the Coire na Ba and is an easy walk from the highest point of the bealach, but it is a more interesting ascent as a scramble from Coire a' Chaorachain.

Hazards you may encounter on Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Applecross] include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
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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 Weather & OS Maps
North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
by Metcheck
Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Applecross] Area Map
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 Where to Stay
Results by distance 'as the crow flies' from Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Applecross]
Please check the provision of roads in the area.
26.9 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 a' Chaorachain [Applecross].

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 Routes that include Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Applecross]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 707 m 6.77 km 2.5 hrs Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Applecross]  A short route with a steep minor scramble. There is an easier approach from the top of Bealach na Ba, but it is a short walk rather than a climb.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Applecross]

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Ruth and me at The Summit Sgurr a Chaorachain 25/08/2012

© David Peden

Image by David Peden

Me at summit Sgurr a' Chaorachain 07/05/2012, splendid views all round, then headed off for Beinn Bhan across Bealach nan Arr.

© John Donnelly

Image by John Donnelly
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Neil Beatham on 30 Jun 2018

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Post a few words about Sgurr a' Chaorachain [Applecross] or read what others have had to say.

Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
June 22, 2009
6th June 2009. From the radio mast above Bealach na Ba it is an easy walk round to the summit, with a path over the various bumps along the way. There are also paths which bypass these on the north.
Chris Bowles
wrote on
April 9, 2008
This hill makes a great short walk. The great thing is that there are 3 ways to get to the top, we chose to ascend via coire a' chaorachain which was not particularly difficult. Then descending directly of the steep SE ridge which involved scrambling at times. The hill offers great views and appearance wise is one of the finest in my view.

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