Sgurr an Airgid from Morvich

Sgurr an Airgid from Morvich

Hillwalking route up Sgurr an Airgid from the head of Loch Duich

An old estate track and a rough path lead up from Clachan Duich by the head of Loch Duich to the summit of Sgurr an Airgid, a quiet spot from where to appreciate sensational views.

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Sgurr an Airgid

Ascent 830m (2720ft)
Distance 9km (6m)
Time 3:35hr
Start/finish Clachan Duich
Grid Ref : NG947212
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From the narrow old Strath Croe road, by the head of Loch Duich, stands a war memorial overlooking Clachan Duich graveyard. From here, an old estate track trundles its way up much of Sgurr an Airgid's south-facing slopes. Higher up a rough path takes over from the track and leads around the back of Sgurr an Airgid's eastern shoulder and to its summit where a trig point stands from where to take in stunning views.

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1. Getting to Clachan Duich

Clachan Duich graveyard

Clachan Duich graveyard

The A87 travels from Invergarry in the Great Glen, north west onto Kyle of Lochalsh and the Isle of Skye. As it descends through Glen Shiel and meets with the head of Loch Duich, the road turns and Sgurr an Airgid is in full view directly ahead.

The road crosses an inlet via a causeway at the western end of Strath Croe, at the northern side of which is junction with a narrow road marked to Morvich. Just beyond the junction is the Clachan Duich burial ground, above which a war memorial looks over.

The route up Sgurr an Airgid begins from here where there is ample parking on rough ground by the roadside.

2. Sgurr an Airgid

On the path up Sgurr an Airgid by the gate at 300m

On the path up Sgurr an Airgid by the gate at 300m

From Clachan Duich, head through a gate by the northern side of the road into birch woodland. A rough and rather soggy track leads a way through the woodland, turns north-east and begins climbing uphill.

After a twist and turn, the track becomes somewhat drier as it settles into a gradual ascent on grass-covered hillside. As you climb, look back occasionally as the developing view over Loch Duich and Sgurr Mhic Bharraich to Beinn Sgritheall and Knoydart is stunning.

Higher up, just before reaching a deer-fence , the track ends and a rough path takes over. Through the fence, follow the path as it climbs through heather up to a height of just over 500m .

The path does climb higher aiming northwards and away from Sgurr an Airgid, so at this point, make a direct line up initially up a short steep section, then on more level ground through heather and grass for Mam na Dubharaiche, the bealach between Sgurr an Airgid and Beinn Buidhe to the east.

At the bealach, a worn boot-made trod is picked up and followed westwards as it keeps to the right (north) of Sgurr an Airgid's bouldery eastern shoulder. Higher up, the ground steepens a bit before levelling out on the approach to the summit.

On Sgurr an Airgid's summit looking to Skye

On Sgurr an Airgid's summit looking to Skye

On Sgurr an Airgid's summit a trig point stands from where vast and amazing views can be savoured on clear days. The poor trig point must have been hit by lightning recently - on my first visit it was still intact !

On Sgurr an Airgid's summit looking to Skye

On Sgurr an Airgid's summit looking to Skye

3. Return

Descending back to Clachan Duich

Descending back to Clachan Duich

On Sgurr an Airgid's summit, about-turn and re-trace your steps back to Clachan Duich.

The first time I headed up Sgurr an Airgid, I headed directly up the southern face of the hill. This would make for a quick steep descent - it is grass-covered most of the way though a bit of route twisting and turning will be needed to avoid boulders. Lower down, the deer-fence will need crossed as there isn't a gate before a final pleasant hike returns to the track just above the gate by Clachan Duich.

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The OS Maps currently don't show the start of this route, therefore the Harvey's Maps are to be recommended.

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