Sgurr na Stri Walking

At less than 500m high Sgurr na Stri may be tiny, but its pivotal position above Loch Coruisk gives it a grandstand outlook on the whole Cuillin ridge. This could well be the most spectacular summit view in Scotland! Whether you're planning a Cuillin traverse, or reminiscing about one, it's an amazing place to just sit and stare. For best results come by boat - weather depending, there's a frequent seasonal service from Elgol. Rising steep and rocky straight out of the sea, Sgurr na Stri dominates the approach to the Loch Scavaig landing stage. The precipitous seaward flanks may look a bit much for walkers (though scramblers will be in their element), so the standard hands-free ascent described here makes a dogleg from the coast to come at the hill via its gentler northern side.

The amazing Dubhs Ridge and its mirror image  © Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
The amazing Dubhs Ridge and its mirror image in Loch Coruisk
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NG4862219573 From the landing stage take the well-used path east. Soon join the Scavaig River, reputedly the shortest named river in the country, which is followed upstream to the outflow of Loch Coruisk. Hop the stepping stones here (care if the water is high) and follow the eroded path above the east shore of Loch Coruisk. the surroundings are as ruggedly grand as they come. The path soon braids into several trails; stay right, on a rising traverse away from the loch. Pass beneath a big slabby crag to reach a path junction near the Allt Choire Riabhaich.
Sgurr na Stri and the northern Cuillin from Elgol  © Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
Sgurr na Stri and the northern Cuillin from Elgol
© Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com, May 2012

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NG4932720502 Turn right to follow the rough path uphill, just south of the cascading burn. It is possible to make a beeline for Sgurr na Stri almost straight away, but it's a steep and pathless climb; better to continue NE on the main path for a few hundred metres. A burn that drains the northern flank or Sgurr na Stri is a good marker.
It's tiny, but you can't argue with it. Sgurr na Stri, I mean   © Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
It's tiny, but you can't argue with it. Sgurr na Stri, I mean
© Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com, Apr 2019

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NG4962920766 Turning hard right, follow this burn uphill, roughly SSE. There's not much of a path, but the general gist is obvious. Beyond the burn, follow your nose south, climbing steadily on rough and complex ground. As height is gained a clearer path takes shape, following the broad rocky ridge - with some scope for easy scrambling - to reach a vague fore-summit immediately overlooking Loch Scavaig. This is arguably the best viewpoint on the Cuillin. The high point is a little way south over a jumble of rocky hummocks. It's also worth visiting the slightly lower east top while you're here.

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NG4995519276 Return the way you came... or improvise a slightly different variation... it's that sort of ground.

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