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Sgurr nan Gillean
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Sgurr nan Gillean

Sgurr nan Gillean

The famously tiny summit of Sgurr nan Gillean
Country: Scotland
Area: Cuillin Hills
Translation: Rocky peak of the young men
Elevation: 964 m (3162 ft)
OS Grid Reference: NG471252
OS Map(s): 32
Listing: Munro, Marilyn

Sgurr nan Gillean is perhaps the most recognised and renowned peak in the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. With a height of 964 m (3162 feet) it is one of eleven Munros on the Cuillin ridge.

Sgurr nan Gillean is the mountain closest to Sligachan - the impressive triangular profile is visible behind the Sligachan hotel. The airy view from the top is overwhelming, especially when clear but cloudy weather brings out a singular and amazing vista of light and colours.

The most popular route of ascent follows a path leading south, crossing a burn known the Allt Dearg Beag (small red burn). The route continues up in to a corrie, the Coire Rhiabhach. The final sections, from the head of the corrie to the summit are extremely exposed, and call for scrambling ability. An alternative route, following the north ridge of the mountain, known as Pinnacle Ridge, requires an even higher scrambling ability.