Sgairneach Mhor from Drumochter Pass

Sgairneach Mhor

Munro mountain west of Drumochter Pass

When approaching Drumochter Pass from the south, Sgairneach Mhor comes into view on the left, its summit crest often covered in snow and giving an indication of the hillwalking conditions on high ground.


Sgairneach Mhor


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Height991m
Prominence176m
Meaningbig scree
ListsMunro, 155
LocationWest of Drumochter, The Drumochter Mountains
Grid RefNN599731
Lat/Lon56.82839, -4.29792


There are 4 Munro peaks west of Drumochter Pass, Sgairneach Mhor is the second highest and the only one to have a trig point marking its summit.

Sgairneach Mhor's topography is slightly complex with several spurs, a falt expansive summit crest and a northern coire which often holds a cornice in winter.

Linked to Beinn Udlamain via a bealach at above 800m, it makes sense to climb Sgairneach Mhor in a day Munro-bagging with Geal-charn, A'Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain. Adding in the nearby Corbett, The Sow of Atholl is an easy detour with 150m additional ascent.

Terrain is fairly easy underfoot, with a fair amount of the route following tracks, paths and fence-posts. The Munros in this group all have different characters and afford good views over Loch Ericht to the Ben Alder range and beyond.



Hillwalking routes up Sgairneach Mhor



1. West of Drumochter »


Bags of character and great views, this is a fine high-level route on which to quickly bag the 4 Munros west of the Pass of Drumochter, possibly adding in the Corbett peak of the Sow of Atholl for good measure.

Ascent : 1300m (4270ft)
Distance : 24km (15m)
Time : 8:10hr



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The Sow of Atholl and Sgairneach Mhor from the eastThe Sow of Atholl and Sgairneach Mhor from the east
Sgairneach Mhor and the Allt Coire DhomhainSgairneach Mhor and the Allt Coire Dhomhain
Sgairneach Mhor from A'MharconachSgairneach Mhor from A'Mharconach
Looking south from Sgairneach Mhor over Meall nan LeitreachLooking south from Sgairneach Mhor over Meall nan Leitreach
Sgairneach Mhor from Coire DhomhainSgairneach Mhor from Coire Dhomhain
Sunset from Sgairneach MhorSunset from Sgairneach Mhor




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