Sgùrr Alasdair

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Sgùrr Alasdair
Sgurr alasdair.jpg
Range: Cuillin
Summit: 3,255 feet NG450207
57°12’22"N, 6°13’22"W
The Great Stone Chute (with pale streak up it) leads up to Sgùrr Alasdair (which is in the cloud)

At 3,255 feet, Sgùrr Alasdair is the highest peak of the Black Cuillin, and the highest peak on the Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire. Like the rest of the range it is composed of gabbro, a rock with excellent grip for mountaineering.


As with other hills of the Cuillin, a head for heights and scrambling ability are needed to attain the summit. The least technical route follows a feature known as the "Great Stone Chute" – a line of scree that leads up from the corrie named Coire Lagan to join a col on the main ridge. From this col, a pleasant scramble (Grade 2 standard) up the well scratched east ridge leads to the narrow summit.[1]

Other routes require scrambling ability or rock climbing; while there are rock climbs directly up the flanks, the only other way of reaching the summit via a ridge is the south-west ridge from the summit of Sgùrr Sgumain, a Grade 3 scramble that begins up a scratched chimney. The summit of Sgùrr Alasdair can be attained by a short detour (from Sgùrr Theàrlaich) off the main ridge by climbers undertaking the full traverse of the Cuillin ridge, or by those following the circuit of Coire Lagan.

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Sgurr Alasdair from Sgurr Mhic Choinnich


  1. The Islands of Scotland, Scottish Mountain Club Guidebook (1989 edition).

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