4 – (NG 47156 25305) Follow the south east ridge downwards over blocky ledges to the top of a large wall. A magnificent … Both are feasable, but if conditions are dry and windless, I find it simplier and more enjoyable to keep to the crest. drmarten 24 Aug 2013. Abseil down to the bottom of this gash onto a ledge below, then head south-west along the ledge to gain the scree covered top of Bealach a'Bhasteir. Logged Ascents. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. “I live for everything outdoors and to me a bad day in the hills still beats a good day in the office.”. The best map for this route is the Ordnance Survey Landranger 32 South Skye & Cuillin Hills Map, available on Amazon here. More technical scrambling is required to descend off Knight's Peak to reach a gap and then contour right around Sgurr nan Gillean's north face, from where a steep walk attains the West Ridge and Sgurr nan Gillean's summit. / Sgurr nan Gillean - West Ridge: New Topic Reply to Topic. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. There is no feedback for this climb. Donald Bennett, in the introduction of the well-known SMC book "The Munros", makes an allusion to it as the most beautiful Munro. Follow a crack leftwards from here over a small wall before regaining the ridge crest. West Ridge (Summer) M . The West Ridge with the 'Gendarme' and Basteir, Sgurr nan Gillean, Skye accession number: PGP 314.14 artists: Ashley Perry Abraham English George Dixon Abraham English. before the final scramble to Sgurr Nan Gillean. Sgùrr nan Gillean is one of the most famous peaks of the Cuillin ridge, on the Scottish Isle of Skye. Once in the coire, follow the path down, picking up a burn to a grassy area at around c600m. Cross the bridge and continue along the path for ~2 km before a fork is reached at another bridge. 5 August 1999(West Ridge) Sgurr nan Gillean is at the north end of the Cuillin ridge and is usually seen across the moor from Sligachan Hotel. Up onto an airy platform of red rock, the small summit is reached by a bit more scrambling and bridging of a small awkward gap. Overview; Photos 10; Tooth Chimney; West Ridge (Winter) No description has been contributed for this climb. From the Sligachan Hotel, head out along the footpath to CoireRaibhach then cross some tough, rocky terrain to attain the South EastRidge. The coire is a dark moody place with a lonely lochan. As it starts to level off, there is a forestry track heading off right, where parking is available by its entrance. — peter43 • Aug 5, 1982 With a height of 966.1m, it is one of eleven Munros in the Cuillin ridge. 3 – (NG 46844 25223) This is where the fun begins. Be the first to rate this post. There will be a small extra charge and details such as date ascended, companions, route, variations Oct 22, 2017 - Sgurr nan Gillean, line illustration showing the South East Ridge. The summit forms a perfect pyramid on the skyline to the left of the equally characteristic Basteir Tooth. With a wet and windy start to the day and with plenty of snow still lingering, we opted for the more sheltered and snow free SE Ridge (AKA The Tourist Route) up and down Sgurr Nan Gillean. Do not block the access to the Mountain Rescue building. Walk down the ridge for 500m before turning left (north) into Coire Riabhach. I'm planning on doing Sgurr nan gillean by the so called tourist route.i have tried this hill before by the west ridge from am bastier but struggled to get up nicholsons chimney.just how hard is the tourist route and how does it compare to other ridges.i have done the Aonach eagach.curved ridge. The weather forecast for today was excellent, the weather first this morning wasn't, but fortunately, the early morning showers soon cleared, giving a largely dry and clear day. It is the Munro closest to Sligachan, and its impressive triangular profile is visible behind the Sligachan hotel, making it perhaps the most recognised peak in the Cuillin range. Follow a path up the screes to Bealach a'Bhasteir. A challenging route up one of Skye’s most iconic peaks. The ridge becomes ever steeper and narrower, until just before the summit gullies on either side almost meet and you step across this hiatus with 'blinkers on' (or crawl if the wind is strong!). We climbed Tooth Chimney to the left of the gendarme (adding a stranger to the end of the rope) and ascended the west ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean to its summit. This generosity enables us to publish a whole range of scrambling routes to help you enjoy the outdoors. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Isle Of Skye. Pick up some cairns and a faint path aiming south-west for Sgurr nan Gillean's summit. before the final scramble to Sgurr Nan Gillean. With a height of 966.1 metres (3,169 feet 7 inches), it is one of eleven Munros in the Cuillin ridge. Climb scree up and left to the Bealeach at the eastern end of Am Bhasteir (Bealeach a Bhastier). If there is no room, then there is no objection to parking in the hotel car-park. But opting out of some of these cookies may affect your browsing experience. Sgùrr nan Gillean is a mountain in the northern section of the Cuillin range on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Return by the "tourist route", or continue along the West Ridge to Choire Bhasteir. On a clear day, the views from all peaks are breathtaking. Matt was out with Rich, Tom and James today. Sgurr nan Gillean is one of the most northerly peaks on the Black Cuillin Ridge, and one of the finest with its sharply pointed summit. Another alternative route of ascent or descent is the West Ridge. With a strong wind forecast i opted to gain Sgurr nan Gillean via the easier south ridge, lending for quicker progress and a bit of shelter, with a descent down the west ridge, which was windy. Sgurr nan Gillean sits at the termination of the jagged Black Cuillin ridge, facing across to the worn, rounded Red Cuillin. It's not as bad as it looks - just descend facing the rock, feeling for the holds and drop directly to safe ground. Explore. About two-thirds of the way down, there is a particularly narrow and exposed section. Rope will be required for abseiling down the West Ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean. When the easier terrain has been passed, keep slightly to the left of the crest on a worn path. On the opposite side of the road, a Right-of-way sign marks the way to Sligachan via a fine footpath. Down the tourist route to Sligachan. Skye Scotland. It looks a long way to the top of Sgurr Nan Gillean from here. Adding too many columns to a small device may require horizontal scrolling 1 – (NG 48542 29803) Follow a path that follows the river opposite the hotel out over the moor to a bridge. The guys did well getting to the summit and down the tricky abseil. Scrambling skills required. Head up along the crest towards Am Basteir's east ridge. You can camp at the Sligachan Camping site here. Descriptive titles. There are three routes to the top, all difficult. Further on, the route comes to a steep climb - you may be tempted by routes to the left and (less obvious) to the right. Highly detailed line work printed on A3 Fabriano 200gsm art paper. Stunning views of the southern Cuillin abruptly open up, but concentrate on your feet ! From Sligachan, follow the route over the Allt Dearg Beag to the highest point before the drop to Coire Riabhach. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. Sgurr nan Gillean: On Sgurr nan Gillean above Knight’s Peak: On reaching the ledge we again took coils and moved together as far as the top of Sgurr nan Gillean. Sgurr nan Gillean is perhaps the most famous of the Cuillin peaks - a popular route with a difficult scramble to the summit and fantastic views at all times. Terrain. This is a great mountain day, taking in some short pitches of climbing, a brilliant exposed knife edge and an abseil. Climb the chimney over a few chockstones to a ledge situated amongst some pinnacles (exposed). Looking west from Sgurr nan Gillean's summit, the route down in not particularly obvious. The climbers-only Pinnacle Ridge, the terrifying scramble of the West Ridge, and the deceptively named 'Tourist Route'. The route starts from the Sligachan Hotel Pub (maps link) on the A863 between Broadford and Portree. Sgurr a'Fionn Choire is a fine viewpoint and is worth a detour - just head more or less directly for it, some easy scrambling on the way. Matt was out with Rich, Tom and James today. The summit is perhaps one of the finest on Skye (and therefore the UK) and is well worth a picnic and a wee dram! Am Basteir's airy summit is just a short walk up some solid rock and stones. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Simon, Catherine and I had an excellent day on Pinnacle Ridge on Sgurr nan Gillean today. Sgurr Nan Gillean via the SE Ridge May 8, 2018 / 0 Comments / in News , Scotland , Winter / by Ken Applegate Ken: Today saw Steve and I kick off our first Skye Munros Course that we run in conjunction with Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding. No votes so far! Inspire others to try a new scrambling route, become a contributor. Descending the south east ridge was a … The path crosses the Allt Dearg Mor via a narrow wooden bridge, then heads up towards the Bhasteir Gorge. Called "Tooth Chimney", this 50m drop quite often has a sling or two in place at its top left by previous climbers. Learn more about working with UK Scrambles here. Travel. Conditions on the route were as expected; wet and slippery in places, but the team did well and we summited in good time. We climbed Tooth Chimney to the left of the gendarme (adding a stranger to the end of the rope) and ascended the west ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean to its summit. The approach could be the longest part of the day depending onhow good a scrambler you are/how busy the summit is. We are sorry that this post was not useful for you! Skye: Sligachan Cuillin - Sgurr nan Gillean - Bruach na Frithe. The route to the ridge can be difficult to follow in mist. In … The summit forms a perfect pyramid on the skyline to the left of the equally characteristic Basteir Tooth. The ground steepens and occasional easy scrambling is needed to progress over the first two pinnacles. When below a small butress, the path splits - keep left, then continue, with occasional scrambling, onto the south-east ridge, otherwise known as the "tourist route". The easiest way to negotiate this section is a large chimney which is about 50m left (north) of the crest and has a convenient traversing ledge running along to its base. If you would like personal details annotating please message me. With a height of 966.1 metres (3,169 feet 7 inches), it is one of eleven Munros in the Cuillin ridge. Scrambling becomes more sustained to reach the third pinnacle, from where an abseil through a hole in the rock is required to attain a small gully below. I'm planning a descent of Sgurr nan Gillean's West Ridge (after ascent of Tourist Route). It forms the remains of a … Home » Mountain routes » Munros » Islands » North Cuillin, On Sgurr nan Gillean's 'tourist route' with Blaven beyond, Climbing thru the hole at the top of the Gillean's West Ridge, Abseiling down Tooth Chimney from Gillean's West Ridge, Going up Am Basteir with Gillean and Knight's Peak behind, Am Basteir, Sgurr a'Fionn Choire and Bruach na Frithe, Negotiating the Bad Step on Am Basteir's east ridge, Looking down the south Cuillin from Bruach na Frithe, Abseiling the 3rd pinnacle on Pinnacle Ridge, Heading to Bruach na Frithe from Glenbrittle, The Red Cuillin - Glamaig, Beinn Dearg Mhor and Marsco, Scottish Avalance Information Service - Torridon, Privacy policy, disclaimer and terms of use. We followed the ledge that skirts Sgurr nan Gillean joining the West ridge above its chimneys. Some authors remark on scrambling difficulties on the tourist route where it ascends the final few yards of the SE ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean. Sgùrr nan Gillean is a mountain in the northern section of the Cuillin range on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. As you start facing south-west, the path climbs more steeply by a trickle of water, which can occasionally only be heard beneath the rocks. We followed the ledge that skirts Sgurr nan Gillean joining the West ridge above its chimneys. Cuillin ridge from Sgurr nan Gillean, Skye. Feedback Always Hide βeta. For the visitor, perhaps the most photogenic, its fairy-like striking shape, from the road, is a common postcard. By accessing any page on ukscrambles.com you agree that you have read, understand, and will fully comply with the following pages: Terms | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Affiliate Disclosure. 2 – (NG 47491 27820) Rather than crossing the bridge, follow the path onwards and upwards along the side of the river into Coire a’ Bhastier. gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery object type: Photograph. From here follow the path back to the pub. Look slightly right and you'll see how to continue to the ledge below. This marks the crux of the ‘Tourist Route’ which in its own right is Grade 3… The easiest descent is down a right trending ramp line following good, positive holds. 185 users have logged this. You'll be faced with a short awkward drop, aptly named the "Bad Step". Want a website thank ranks in Google Search. Start climbing again and get back onto the crest. If you have a route you could contribute. Bruach na Frithe is reckoned to be the easiest Munro peak on Skye when approached from the 'Fairy Pools' in Glenbrittle via a straightforward route. Continue up a less well defined path up boulders and scree to come out of the coire, then start veering right. Travel Destinations. Sam regularly publishes route blogs on his website, This route was created by Sam Wainwright and donated to the. Progress along the ridge eventually becomes blocked - look right and you'll see a drop down a long chimney. Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Scrambling is the blurred middle line between hiking and climbing, considered by many to be far more enjoyable than either of them. Return by the same route, or head down into Fionn Choire and follow a path down the coire to meet up with the path back to Glenbrittle. Sgurr nan Gillean sits at the termination of the jagged Black Cuillin ridge, facing across to the worn, rounded Red Cuillin. From this gully, clamber with care down slightly, then scramble up Knight's Peak (recently demoted from being a Munro top, after surveys put it under 3,000feet). The summit is perhaps one of the finest on Skye (and therefore the UK) and is well worth a … We then followed the remainder of the West ridge … It is the Munro closest to Sligachan, and its impressive triangular profile is visible behind the Sligachan hotel, making it perhaps the most recognised peak in the Cuillin range. You can get hotel accommodation at the Sligachan Hotel on Booking.com here. Help-Crag Map. Sam regularly publishes route blogs on his website Wainright Climbing here. Follow this path for nearly 3km to its highest point just before a lochan, then turn south-south-east uphill. It is the Munro closest to Sligachan, and its impressive triangular profile is visible behind the Sligachan hotel, making it perhaps the most recognised peak in the Cuillin range. Help make our records better. Name: Sgurr nan Gillean: Hill number: 1246: Height: 966.1m / 3170ft: RHB Section: 17B: Minginish and the Cuillin Hills: County/UA: Highland (UA) Island: Skye ... Could you please detach it from the Cuillin page, I created the mountain page for Sgurr nan Gillean and it's now no point to keep it attached to both :) Thanks ! Head north-east off the path, climbing slightly to Meall Odhar, a minor flat top to the north of Sgurr a'Bhasteir. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. With the sun shining we started the walk into Pinnacle ridge, the hardest graded ridge on Sgurr nan Gillean, the most northerly munro on the Cuillin ridge. Follow the crest through ‘the window’ (hero photo opportunity!) With dry rock and very grippy gabbro we made good progress over the 1st 2 pinnacles climbing up some good short pitches. There are three routes to the top, all difficult. With Jamie via the West Ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean, then Am Bastier (Bad Step)and Bruach na Frithe. Cloudy and overcast. knarf: 08/06/2015: With Harrison John S and John R (SW Ridge) mproudfoot: 02/05/2015: With Mark, Steve & guide Jonah from Coire Bhasteir. grimjimm: 21/07/2014 They went for the classic traverse of Sgurr nan Gillean, going up the West Ridge and down the Tourist Route. Head back to the gap between Sgurr a'Fionn Choire and Bruach na Frithe, then drop into Fionn Choire using the worn path through the sections of scree. However, it is easier and quicker to return along Am Basteir's east ridge to Bealach a'Bhasteir, then drop on scree towards Choire a'Bhasteir and turn west to climb up an obvious path up more scree around the base of Am Basteir's north face to reach the top of Bealach na Lice. Start climbing again and get back onto the crest. After another 2km, another narrow bridge is met, use this to cross the Allt Dearg Beag, then head up the recently repaired path towards Coire Riabhach. — peter43 • Aug 5, 1982 With dry rock and very grippy gabbro we made good progress over the 1st 2 pinnacles climbing up some good short pitches. Down the tourist route to Sligachan. Europe Destinations. The route leads from the summit down to a bealach separating Sgùrr nan Gillean from Am Basteir. Follow the crest through ‘the window’ (hero photo opportunity!) These preferences will be saved and used for any crag page you visit, and can be changed at any point by clicking the button again. 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