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Sgor na h-Ulaidh


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.
994 m (3261 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.
149 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 Treasure

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
  41   Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe

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

Sgor na h-Ulaidh lies far enough from roads to be seldom seen, but it is a steep craggy mountain well worth a visit.

Sgor na h-Ulaidh lies at the head of Glen Creran but is not easy to access from here. The normal access routes are from Gleann-leac-na-muidhe, to the N, following the path by the Allt na Muidhe to ascend SE onto the N ridge of Stob an Fhuarain, you can also ascend directly to the col between Sgor na h-Ulaidh and Stob an Fhuarain (968m) but this is more difficult.

Finally, you can ascend from Glen Etive, by first ascending Meall a' Bhuird (748m) then following the SE ridge to the summit. The route from Gleann-leac-na-muidhe gives better views of the mountain but is steeper and more challenging.

Hazards you may encounter on Sgor na h-Ulaidh 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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West Highlands
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West Highlands
by Met Office
Bidean nan Bian
by Metcheck
Sgor na h-Ulaidh Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sgor na h-Ulaidh.

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 Routes that include Sgor na h-Ulaidh
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1760 m 16.86 km 6.5 hrs Sgor na h-Ulaidh and Beinn Fhionnlaidh [Glen Etive]  Moderate climb on grass leading to rocky slopes, This route avoids the worst of the crags, but there is some scrambling on Beinn Fhionnlaidh.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Sgor na h-Ulaidh

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Midsummer weekend 2016. Good day for a hill run.

© Alan Lorimer

Image by Alan Lorimer

Having a rest on the way down from Sgor na h-Ulaidh.

© Steve Marlow

Image by Steve Marlow

Toto and Wilson with one of Wilson's owners near the summit on 26/9/10

© Margaret Spalding

Image by Margaret Spalding

A great day at the summit of Sgor na h-Ulaidh 29/3/10

© Ian Mather

Image by Ian Mather
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Meall Lighiche and Sgor na h-Ulaidh
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Sgor na h-Ulaidh
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Sgor na h-Ulaidh and Meall Lighiche
by Douglas Mason
Sgor na h-Ulaidh
by David McSporran
Sgor na h-Ulaidh
by Kenny Mcneill

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Margaret Spalding
wrote on
November 6, 2015
For anyone approaching Sgor na h-Ulaidh from Achnacon, I have received official confirmation from Highland Council that there is a right of access past the cottage at Gleann-leac-na-miudhe and the resident cannot require walkers to use the bypass path that he has constructed.
Jonathan Small
wrote on
August 7, 2013
I agree with recent posts. This hill suffers from not having one good or even proper ascent or descent route. I climbed Aonach Dubh a Ghlinne, steep grassy slopes, which I usually don't mind for a reasonable ascent. This one is 700m+ to the ridge crest, took me 3 hours and was very tiring. That done the walk was great. I found the descent off Corr na Bheinne very hard to find, and got myself into a little difficulty. That said it was a lovely day, and the views are wonderful, in all directions. The twin peaks of the Sgurr and Stob are really fine summits, not to be missed.
James Blair
wrote on
March 3, 2013
Agree about descent too, took route off NNW ridge down from Corr na Beinne, roughly following fence posts. Under hard snow , ice and mixed frozen terrain more like a Grade 1 winter climb. A bad place to be and very pleased to get to col. Otherwise a great circuit from Glencoe, but a very strenuos day indeed. NOT a route for poor vis
Alan Puckrin
wrote on
November 25, 2012
I agree with the previous comment. Returned to the hill after 6 years and the descent following the fence posts down the western flank has deteriorated a fair bit . I have long legs and needed them !! No place to be in the winter or the wet.
Graham Ramsay
wrote on
August 13, 2012
Note of caution - The descent suggested in these GPS track logs going directly down from point 841 on the NW ridge of Beinn Fhionnlaidh is very steep, craggy and potentially dangerous. If you follow the route suggested you must take great care to pick your way through. Be very careful. Another variant MIGHT be to follow the NW ridge down then cut back south into the Coire na Tullaich at roughly 575m, near where the fenceposts temporarily end at small cliff. Or a longer but safer option would be to retrace your ascent route of Fhionnlaidh to lower ground and skirt the problem on the east.

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