Beinn Alligin

Beinn Alligin by Michael Stirling-Aird

One of the classic Torridon mountains. I first climbed Beinn Alligin in October of 1997. I’ve done it three times now and part of me thinks I might better have spent my time “bagging” as yet unclimbed (by me) Munros – I’ll never do them all at this rate. Nevertheless this mountain is within walking distance of my home on Loch Torridon and well I can’t resist.

Beinn Alligin comprises two Munros, and yes more unpronounceable Gaelic names to follow, Tom na Gruagaich (3,024 ft) to the south, and Sgurr Mhòr (3,195 ft) to the north.

The two most interesting features of this mountain are not actually the summits, from which though you can get wonderful views,  but the Horns of Alligin and Eag Dubh, the black notch. The latt er is a deep gash in the hillside just below Sgurr Mhor (you might just be able to make it out from the above photo). Actually from sea level it looks as if indeed there is a huge cleft in the mountain which divides the two Munros however this is illusory as up on the mountain it only takes a very minor detour to walk around it

From the summit of Sgurr Mhòr the “Horns” run in an easterly direction. The rocky pinnacles provide good summer scrambling for those with a head for heights, but in winter they are a much more serious proposition. They can be avoided by walking along the side. I think the “horns” are the most interesting feature of the mountain.

The Horns of Alligin in the immediate foreground

All in all a good day’s outing about 5 hours. If you are driving there is a small car park by the bridge on the road between Torridon and Inveralligin villages. From the car park follow the river north (a very beautiful walk) and then decide the order in which you wish to climb the Munros. Either way it is a circuitous route. If you are going to attempt the “Horns” scramble then my advice would be to do them first while you have plenty of energy and then Sgurr Mhor and Tom na Gruagaich in that order.

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About The Weary Traveller

I like to walk up and down hills. I've been so very fortunate to have lived most of my life in the Far East (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and the Middle East (Qatar, Oman and U.A.E). I now live and work in Bangkok. I'm past the half century now and can't help but feel that some of the mountains that I've climbed lately I should have done yesteryear. The mind is willing if the legs are not always so. Here are some stories and realized dreams of hills climbed and, dales and deserts crossed. With a bit of art thrown in. I hope you might enjoy.
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One Response to Beinn Alligin

  1. One of your photos, the one with the ‘Where’s Wally’ character in it, looks like it could have been taken in Oman. Amazing how barren it looks.

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