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Sgurr Dearg (inaccessible pinnacle)
Quick Facts
This is the summed total of all the climbing within a route and is a good indicator of the strenuousness of a route.
Total Ascent
1040 m

An estimate of the time taken based on a derivation of Naismiths rules. Our calculation is based on the horizontal and ascent components of a climb, we do not make a reduction for descent.

Registered users can customise these walking times by specifying their own walking and ascending speeds. They can also add a fixed time period for stoppages.

Route Time
3.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
7 km

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A brief summary of this route.

Our summary will always contain one of easy, moderate or hard to indicate the severity of the route.

Easy climb till you get to the pinnacle then very difficult.

Here we provide the nearest town to the start of the route where you will find basic services.

We then give directions from that location to the route start. Your approach route may differ.

 Travel Information

Head to: Carbost

From Carbost (B8009) travel SE to junction at (NG390310), then SE through Glen Brittle to Glen Brittle Hut.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,040 metres. Allow 3.5 hours to complete this 7 km route.

In winter months please check the local snow conditions at sais.gov.uk.

The hillphones service can inform you of stalking activities in the area.

Usually the shortest way to climb the mountain, making best use of tracks and paths to gain altitude. Route navigation requires map reading skills and an ability to navigate with a compass.

The information given here will enable you to annotate your map and plan your route. We do not give anecdotal descriptions on where to find the paths, worn by the feet of previous mountaineers.

Where the access routes are few or the ridge is narrow, paths are generally obvious. On open ground, following paths without using your compass may get you lost in poor visibility.

 Route Information
Waypoint Detail
  Start at Glen Brittle Hut
  NG41162158 Distance
15 m
Follow path ESE to beyond waterfall
NG42112137 Distance
0.99 km
200 m
Ascend E onto west ridge
NG42982135 Distance
0.92 km
380 m
Ascend E up ridge to top
NG44132141 Distance
1.24 km
905 m
Head E on gentle slope, turning NE to reach the pinnacle
NG44382159 Distance
0.35 km
972 m
The summit, the Inaccessible Pinnacle, is a very exposed scramble and abseil!
  NG44392159 Distance
986 m
Reverse route to return
  NG41162158 Distance
3.50 km
15 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Sgurr Mhic Choinnich
by Metcheck
Images of Sgurr Dearg (inaccessible pinnacle)
Route Area Map
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Rating & Reviews

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Written by Peter Lang on 01 May 2007:
26/4/07 guided by Mike Lates of Skye Guides - highly recommend. Group of 5 all roped up together ascended in 10 minutes up E ridge then abseiled off. Good path to Sgurr Dearg and some preparatory scrambling to prepare for ascent of In. Pinn. Not as steep as thought and even crux move was easier than mikes description in his living room. A scramble in truest terms using my knees/shins where required - blinkers on oblivious to exposure as focused on rock,feet and person in front until at summit block. Lightning strike has changed highest point on top - now block use to abseil off - 1.5ft lower.
Written by Stewart Wotherspoon on 02 Aug 2005:
Climbed on 25th June 2005. The weather on this day broke allowing a spectacular day on the hills. We walked to the Pinnacle from Glen Brittle which offered great Views. The Pinnacle itself was slightly daunting to look at but we benefited from the expertise offered from Cullin Guides during the Pinnacle itself. This was a memorable if somewhat exposed day on the hills.
Written by Malcolm Grey on 05 Aug 2003:
Even just as an up & down the Inn Pinn makes this a superb day. For the ultimate in UK scrambling days do it as the last part of a circuit of Corrie Laggan after Sgurr Sgumain, Alasdair, Thearlaich & Mhic Coinnich. That really is a stonker!
Disclaimer. The details provided above are an aid to planning an expedition, but all distances, altitudes and bearings must be considered approximate. You must navigate with the appropriate map, a compass, your navigation skills and common sense, MunroMagic.com accept no responsibility for your interpretation of our route information.
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