Red Cuillin - Glamaig and Marsco

The granite covered Red Cuillin peaks tower above the inlets of Loch Sligachan and Loch Ainort. The views from the summits are wonderful, particularly across to Skye's Black Cuillin.


Main route summary


Terrain on the Red Cuillin mountains can be quite challenging for most hillwalkers - the scree (particularly on Glamaig and Beinn Dearg Mhor, but less-so on Marsco) not only makes for demanding ascents, but also tricky uphill route finding. Paths are also somewhat scarce and faint.

If you've got hardy ankles the scree also allows for fast running descents, putting a smile back on faces after the slog uphill. Check out the incredibly tough and popular Glamaig Hill Race - a direct ascent and return from the Sligachan Inn.


Corbetts Glamaig (Sgurr Mhairi) (775m)
 
Grahams Beinn Dearg Mhor (731m)
Marsco (736m)
 
Ascent 91700m (5,575ft)
Distance       615km (9.5m)
Time walking : 6:30hr*, running : 3:10hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Sligachan Hotel
(grid ref : NG485298)

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Terrain
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Navigation
easy testing
Effort
stroll long day
Scenery
ok stunning
 
Meanings 
Glamaig : 'greedy woman'
Sgurr Mhairi : 'Mary's peak'
Beinn Dearg Mhor : 'big red hill'
Marsco : 'seagull peak'




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