Sgor an Lochain Uaine with Cairn Toul behind from Carn na Criche

Sgor an Lochain Uaine (The Angel's Peak)

Munro peak west of Lairig Ghru in Cairngorms

Often referred to as 'The Angel's Peak', Sgor an Lochain Uaine is a satellite peak of Cairn Toul and was only promoted to Munro status in 1997. There's a fine scramble up its north-east ridge !

Sgor an Lochain Uaine

Meaningpeak of the little green loch
ListsMunro, 5
LocationWest of the Lairig Ghru, Cairngorms and North East Grampians
Grid RefNN954977
Lat/Lon57.05831, -3.72553

In the 1997 revision of Munro's Tables, Sgor an Lochain Uaine was promoted to Munro status, being previously considered a minor top of nearby Cairn Toul. Both these peaks together form a fine ridge-line encircling Lochan Uaine below. Sgor an Lochain Uaine's alternative name, The Angel's Peak, was reputedly given to contrast with the Devil's Point to the south above the Lairig Ghru.

If you fancy a bit of rock-scrambling, then after hiking through the Lairig Ghru, the climb up Sgor an Lochain Uaine's north-east spur will entertain. That aside, most of the terrain to the summit is on stony ground and occasional boulderfield. Hiking to Sgor an Lochain Uaine is often combined with nearby Cairn Toul and Braeriach and can be done as part of either the Cairngorm 4000s or West of Lairig Ghru from Glenmore routes.

Being linked to other more modest peaks, hillwalkers are spoilt for route choice. With a bit of a detour, Sgor an Lochain Uaine could be fairly easily tagged onto routes approaching from Glen Feshie, Glen Einich or Linn of Dee.

Routes up Sgor an Lochain Uaine

West of Lairig Ghru from Glenmore

West of the Lairig Ghru, huge cliffs rise to vast plateaux and some of the highest peaks in the land, Braeriach, Cairn Toul and Sgor an Lochain Uaine. Fine paths lead in from Glenmore and Coylumbridge and with the lowest point on the ridges between the Munro summits being above 1100m, the views are quite superb, particularly from Braeriach.

Peaks : 3 Munros

Ascent : 1850m (6070ft)
Distance : 28km (17m)
Time : 10hr

Cairngorm 4000s

The vast plateaux of the Cairngorms in Scotland's eastern highlands rise above huge cliffs and dark corries. On the plateaux are five of the UK's mountains over 4000ft including Ben Macdui, Braeriach, Cairn Toul and Cairngorm and these can be bagged in one circular route from Glenmore.

Peaks : 5 Munros

Ascent : 2250m (7380ft)
Distance : 28km (17m)
Time : 10:45hr

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