Below Sgor Gaoith

Sgor Gaoith and minor tops

Hillwalking route up Sgor Gaoith and its minor tops

The long ridge of Sgor Gaoith and Sgoran Dubh Mor runs north-south between Glen Feshie and Glen Einich. On the Glen Feshie side, these peaks form a soft rolling landscape which contrasts with the impressive cliff and crags on the other side above Loch Einich.

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Sgor Gaoith

Ascent 1020m (3340ft)
Distance 15km (9m)
Time 5:30hr
Start/finish Nr Balachroick
Grid Ref : NN852013
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The approach for this route starts in Glen Feshie, blanketed in forestry plantations. The landscape formed by Sgor Gaoith and its subsiduary tops rises from the glen and its forestry on gentle gradients, clad in Caledonian woodland lower down and heather higher up.

A fine network of estate tracks makes for fairly easy hiking on approaches, leading to paths climbing up to the higher ground. Hillwalking on Sgor Gaoith and Sgoran Dubh Mor is straightforward, predominantly on wide grassy covered crests, though in winter beware the cornices that can form above the crags overlooking Loch Einich.

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1. Getting to Glen Feshie

Sgoran Dubh Mor and Sgor Gaoith above Glen Feshie

Sgoran Dubh Mor and Sgor Gaoith above Glen Feshie

South of Aviemore on the B970 and near Kincraig, the road crosses the River Feshie at Feshiebridge. On the north side of this bridge, there is a red telephone box, with a road sign pointing down to Auchlean. Head down this road for around 4km, passing the gliding club and just before reaching Glen Feshie Hostel.

Just north of where the road crosses the Allt Ruadh via a bridge, there is an opening on the left-hand side of the road (east side), with the start of a forestry track with plenty of parking.

2. Meall Buidhe

Sgoran Dubh Mor from Meall Buidhe

Sgoran Dubh Mor from Meall Buidhe

Leave the parking area behind and start up the forestry track through the forest. Out of the forest, the track splits, take the middle track heading uphill. The track continues uphill through woodlands for a further 2km and it splits just before meeting with a burn coming down from Coire na Cloiche .

Take the path on the right, cross the burn, then leave the path and head due east up heather-clad slopes (I like to de-tour north-east to bag Geal-charn).

Now up onto the bouldery crest, head south-east to Meall Buidhe .

3. Sgor Gaoith

Summit of Sgor Gaoith

Summit of Sgor Gaoith

South-east of Meall Buidhe's cairn, the boulders are less as some height is dropped to a dip. Beyond this a grassy slope climbs towards the bealach between Sgoran Dubh Mor and Sgor Gaoith.

At the bealach, turning north, an easy stroll over more grass is all that awaits to attain Sgoran Dubh Mor's domed summit with wonderful views.

About-turn, head south and a delightful walk over more grass reaches Sgor Gaoith's summit overlooking crags dropping quite dramatically to Loch Einich below.

4. Return to Glen Feshie

Descending Sgor Gaoith to Glen Feshie

Descending Sgor Gaoith to Glen Feshie

From Sgor Gaoith's summit, head south-west for around 500m, then begin to descend, gradually turning west. As height is lost, heather thickens, but you should be able to find an obvious and well-worn footpath through.

The path turns north-west to drop to the Allt a'Chrom-alltain , from where it is followed back to the burn coming down from Coire na Cloiche, from where re-trace your steps to Glen Feshie.

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