Stac Pollaidh could hardly be more accessible, rising from a road not far above sea level to a 600m summit in a single precipitous kilometre. But from the top the northern prospect opens out into the loch-splattered heart of Inverpolly, an iconic chunk of Scottish 'wilderness' punctured by peaks such as Suilven and Cul Mor. With neighbours of this calibre Stac Pollaidh has a lot to live up to; and it does just fine. Don't let its size fool you - this eccentric little weirdo is among the most likeable of all Scotland's mountains. There's nothing else quite like it. The weathered crest bristles with a surreal array of sandstone pinnacles, offering all sorts of scrambly variations. If you're into scrambling (or indeed, climbing) it's the perfect place to muck about for an hour or two.
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Distance: 3 miles (4.78 km)
Total ascent: 613m
Steepest Gradient: 38% (1 in 3)
Time: 2 hours (Walking)
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SummitsStac Pollaidh 612 m
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A well-laid path gives easy access to the crest, but from here meaningful progress along the sometimes-exposed summit ridge requires a fair bit of scrambling. It's pick-your-own-line sort of ground threading around or over the many pinnacles, and difficulties can be varied to suit. The hill's high point can only be reached by grade 2 scrambling (minimum); and bear in mind you'll have to reverse these moves to get off.
Stac Pollaidh is generally too low and maritime for reliable winter conditions but when they do arrive it's a grade II climb.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
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