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whats there | photo taken on the summit of Beinn Sgritheal the steepest Munro in Scotland


Beinn Sgritheall

Considered by many to be the steepest of the Munros (Mountains in Scotland over 914m) , Beinn Sgritheall - 975m from (nearby) sea level, pronounced Byn Skreehal - the hill of screes is aptly named. It has a curved summit ridge with three tops.

The south face of the mountain is scree grit and very steep. It rises almost 1000m in only 1.6km above the picturesque village of Arnisdale.

Thankfully there is an alternative to straight up (or down) and easier routes of ascent can be found using either the old drovers track or walking in from the Sandaig direction. From the summit there are spectacular views over Knoydart and towards Skye, overlooking the Sound of Sleat.

You should allow four to six hours journey time according to fitness and photo opportunities and remember that there can be a difference of up to 10 degrees between the temperature at sea level and at 1000m so wear clothing appropriate to the weather conditions.

Ensure that you are properly equipped for the climb and that you leave details of your route and anticipated return time attached to your vehicle or with your accommodation provider.

You'll find Beinn Sgritheall on Ordnance Survey Map No 33 GR 836126.


Additional Information:

Link to YouTube videos of 360 degree view from the top of Beinn Sgritheall

Link to Wikipedia information listing all the Munros

Location: 57.1548; -5.5788

Gilles Contier looking down into Loch Hourn from Beinn Sgritheall


Beinn Sgritheal viewed from the Glenelg Arnisdale road


Beinn Sgritheal viewed from Barisdale on Knoydart


Beinn Sgritheal viewed from the road to Glenelg


 On the top of Beinn Sgritheal looking down Loch Hourn


Beinn Sgritheal viewed from Corran


A dusting of snow on the north side of Beinn Sgritheal


North east ridge of Beinn Sgritheal in winter


Beinn Sgritheal from Loch Hourn