Am Basteir

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Am Basteir
Am basteir.jpg
The vertical west face of Am Basteir, with Sgùrr nan Gillean behind
Range: Cuillin
Summit: 3,064 feet NG465253
57°14’52"N, 6°12’14"W

Am Basteir is a mountain in the northern Cuillin range on the Isle of Skye in Inverness-shire. It is 3064 feet high and classed as a Munro. It forms a narrow blade of rock, which bears comparison with the Inaccessible Pinnacle.

The name of the mountain is from Gaelic, and appears to mean "The executioner".

The easiest route to the summit starts from Sligachan following a path along the left bank of the Allt Dearg Beag (small red burn) for three miles to a small lochan in the Coire a' Bhasteir, then up a gruelling scree slope to the col on the main ridge. A scramble of approximately 200 yards along the east ridge will bring you to the summit although care should be taken near the top as there is a "bad step", a 10-foot high notch in the ridge to negotiate. This could be scrambled down until recently but a rockfall now means it must be avoided or abseiled.

The western side of Am Basteir is vertical, though it is possible for a walker coming from the direction of Bruach na Frìthe to reach the top by skirting below Am Basteir to reach the col mentioned above.

At the foot of the western side there is large prominent rock, similar in shape to Am Basteir itself, known as the Basteir Tooth.

Munros in SMC Area SMC Section 17 - The Islands

Am BasteirBen MoreBlavenBruach na FritheInaccessible PinnacleSgùrr a' GhreadaidhSgùrr a' MhadaidhSgùrr AlasdairSgùrr Dubh MòrSgùrr MhicChoinnichSgurr na BanachdichSgùrr nan EagSgùrr nan Gillean