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

Sgor an Lochain Uaine

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


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Height 1258m
Prominence 118m
Meaning peak of the little green loch
Lists Munro, 5
Location Western Cairngorms, The Cairngorm Mountains
Grid Ref NN954977
Lat/Lon 57.05831, -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.



Hillwalking routes up Sgor an Lochain Uaine


1. 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.
Ascent : 1850m (6070ft)    Distance : 28km (17m)    Time : 10hr

2. 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.
Ascent : 2250m (7380ft)    Distance : 28km (17m)    Time : 10:45hr



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Sgor an Lochain Uaine from Carn na CricheSgor an Lochain Uaine from Carn na Criche
Looking up from Garbh Coire refuge to Sgor an Lochain UaineLooking up from Garbh Coire refuge to Sgor an Lochain Uaine
North-east ridge of Sgor an Lochain UaineNorth-east ridge of Sgor an Lochain Uaine
Sgor an Lochain Uaine and Cairn Toul from the Moine MorSgor an Lochain Uaine and Cairn Toul from the Moine Mor
Sgor an Lochain Uaine above some remaining cornice on Carn na CricheSgor an Lochain Uaine above some remaining cornice on Carn na Criche
Cloud shadows on Sgor an Lochain Uaine from the southCloud shadows on Sgor an Lochain Uaine from the south




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