Blaven and Clach Glas


Blaven (928m, Munro 255)


930m (3,050ft)


6.5km (4m)


walking : 3:10*, running : 1:20hr
 *Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Main route summary

Blaven is reckoned to be one of the most beautiful mountains in Scotland. It is uniquely and distinctive shaped and the views from both summits are fabulous in all directions. From a hillwalkers perspective it is actually relatively straightforward to ascend, with only the ridge between the two summits providing any real difficulty. The ridge up via Clach Glas however requires competent scrambling skills, a good head for heights and possibly ropework.

Although the routes described on this page are fairly straightforward, heading up via Clach Glas or other routes will require scrambling or possibly rock climbing and should not be underestimated.

The OS Landranger does not show sufficient detail, therefore use of a 1:25000 map is advised. The Harvey's map of the Skye Cuillin is also well recommended. Alternatively, hire us to guide you !

start/finish Head of Loch Slapin
(grid ref : NG561218)


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easy Good path in, then rough rock difficult
easy Further up, the path can be difficult to find in mist testing
easyAn easy afternoon's walklong day
ok Simply amazing stunning
meanings Blaven :
  'blue hill'
Garbh-bheinn :
  'rough hill'
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Getting there
  • On Skye, when heading west through Broadford, a sign points the way south to Elgol.
  • Follow this single-track road for 12km, through Torrin and just around the head of Loch Slapin.
  • Just after the bridge over the Allt na Dunaiche, there is a large rough car-park.

Blaven via the main tourist route
  • Start by the north side of the Allt na Dunaiche and head up the well constructed path. Through some gates, the path continues close past some waterfalls.
  • After 1.5km, the path crosses the Allt na Dunaiche via stepping stones and continues for another 300m to cross another tributary.
  • An unconstructed but well worn path continues up scree into Coire Uaigneich.
  • Pass two gullies to a grassy area, then look for an obvious worn path heading right (north-west) uphill. Zig-zagging steeply through the grass at first, the going underfoot may well be wet and slippy.
  • The grass gives way to rock and scree higher up and the dark "Great Prow" comes into view.
  • A short col is reached with dramatic, vertigo inducing views down into Coire Dubh. The path swings left, then heads right directly uphill.
  • One easy bit of scrambling is required further up, otherwise it's just a simple walk to the trig point and cairn on the summit. The uninterupted views to the main Cuillin are outstanding.

  • Return by the same route.

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