An Sgurr and Sgorr an Fharaidh on the Isle of Eigg

Peaks

An Sgurr (394m, Marylin)
Sgorr an Fharaidh* (340m, Marylin)
 *see Alternative Routes below

Ascent

410m (1,350ft)

Distance  

7.5km (4.5m)

Time

walking : 2:30hr*, running : 1hr
 *Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent


Main route summary


Eigg is an island of surprises ! It's a small island, much smaller than neighbouring Rum, but the community is vibrant, having bought out the absent landowner in 1997. The island boasts interesting history, amazing geology and green credentials, more of which can be found on their community website.

The prominant peak that dominates the view is 'An Sgurr', which is at the eastern end of Europe's largest pitchstone ridge. You'd think the route up here would involve climbing, but fortunately there's an easy walking path. The other high ground on the island, Beinn Bhuidhe is encircled on most sides by cliffs and crags, a walk up this and to it's highest point Sgurr an Fharaidh is detailed in 'Alternative Routes' below.

In 2012 the 'Easter Eigg' race took nearly 50 runners from the pier to the summit, with the winner taking under 42mins ! Perhaps they'll run it again soon ?

start/finish Galmisdale
(grid ref : NM484838)

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terrain
easy Some exposure and rough boulders difficult
navigation
easy Marked path all the way testing
effort
stroll Easy afternoon stroll long day
scenery
ok Vast views stunning
 
meanings An Sgurr :
    'the peak'
Sgorr an Fharaidh :
    'peak of the reel ?'
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Getting there
There are two ferries that serve Eigg, the Calmac Small Isles ferry from Mallaig and the Sheerwater from Arisaig. The Calmac ferry operates throughout the year, but different routes depending on the day of the week. The Sheerwater is from April to September only.

An Sgurr
From the pier, head towards the cafe. On your right the road spilts into two, one heading right around the bay, the other directly uphill ahead. Take the road uphill. As it enters a wood, the road becomes a track and comes to a three-way split by a house - keep straight ahead. Through more wood and to a gate which leads to open pasture. Continue for around 200m and you'll come to some buildings with knackered vehicles - to the right of the main building there is a gate through a wall - go through this and turn immediately left on a fine track. Continue on this track for less than 100m and you'll see a small cairn marking the start of the path uphill. The path is obvious and travels uphill through heather at a gentle gradient around the impressive northern side of An Sgurr. The path comes to a small nick in the rock buttress, a painted marker points the way. A short bit of uphill, the path turns and aims eastwards, along the southern side of the crest and eventually arrives on the summit. A pristine conical trig point rests on the top, from where superb views can be savoured in all directions.

Return
Return by the same route, perhaps detouring to Loch nam Ban Mora. Alternatively, from the summit, return to the nick, then head further west and drop south-west to Lower Grulin and pick up a path then track to return on.


© 2017 Steven Fallon