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.
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StatisticsDistance: 4.23 miles (6.80 km)
Total ascent: 475m
Time: 3 hours (Walking)
SummitsSgurr na Stri 497 m
Loch Scavaig landing stage, NG485195
Clear path to start, then rough slopes with only intermittent trails. Some mildly boggy ground, lots of hummocky grass and plenty of sound slabby rock - some fun easy scrambling can be had if you go looking for it.
Full winter conditions unlikely this low down, and this close to the sea - but the Cuillin under snow is an amazing sight from here.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Bus from Broadford to Elgol. From here book on one of two boat services that run regular trips to Coruisk throughout the visitor season. Misty Isle Boat Trips http://mistyisleboattrips.co.uk/ Bella Jane http://www.bellajane.co.uk/
A much longer overland route (via Bla Bheinn) is described in Great Mountain Days in Scotland (Cicerone) https://www.cicerone.co.uk/great-mountai...
OS Explorer 411 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 32 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
Broadford (0845 22 55 121); Portree (0845 22 55 121)
by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
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