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Sgurr Mhic Choinnich
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
960 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
9.15 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.

The Cuillin should not be attempted unless you are comfortable with scrambling and exposure. You are recommended to purchase and study a higher scale map of the Black Cuillin of Skye before attempting an ascent.

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 Culnamean.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 960 metres. Allow 3.5 hours to complete this 9.15 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 branch
NG43112085 Distance
2.15 km
300 m
Bear left (E) through Coire Lagan to Loch Lagan
NG44402097 Distance
1.38 km
565 m
Head NE to An Stac scree, and ascend scree to col
NG44812139 Distance
0.64 km
804 m
Climb ridge SE to summit of Sgurr Mhic Choinnich
NG45042106 Distance
0.41 km
948 m
Return by same route
  NG41162158 Distance
4.58 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 Mhic Choinnich
Route Area Map
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 Where to Stay
Results by distance 'as the crow flies' from the route start.
Please check the provision of roads in the area.
52.6 km
Woodlands (self-catering)
by Shiel Bridge, Inverness-shire
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
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Written by Martin Joyce on 27 May 2008:
The An Stac screes are great for descent but murder on the way up. It's much better to get above them under the southern crags of Sgurr Dearg. Branch off left above Lochan Corrie Laggan, though not too soon otherwise you'll have to cross a very loose and dangerous gully. Climb uphill over the initial bits of scree and boulder fields till you meet the crags, where you'll find a rough but firm path
Written by Graham Uney on 26 Aug 2003:
A great short day on the hill, or can be combined with scrambling towards Sgurr Alisdair via ledge systems on the west face of the mountain, or the East Ridge of the Inaccessible Pinnacle to make a fuller day.
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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