Sgurr na h-Ulaidh from Stob Coire Sgreamhach

Sgurr na h-Ulaidh from Glencoe

Hillwalking route up Sgurr na h-Ulaidh from Glencoe

Heading into Sgurr na h-Ulaidh from Glencoe follows a good track, but take the wrong way and you could end up heading up some difficult ground.

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Sgurr na h-Ulaidh

Ascent 1150m (3770ft)
Distance 12km (8m)
Time 5:00hr
Start/finish Western end of Glencoe
Grid Ref : NN118565
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From the western end of Glencoe, Sgurr na h-Ulaidh looks fairly forboding, conical in shape with its northern aspects protected by crags. There is however a fairly easy route up this, though in mist you'll need to able to navigate with confidence. This route also takes in the minor Munro Top of Stob an Fhuarain.

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Route description

1. Getting to start in Glencoe

Sgurr na h-Ulaidh from forestry by the Allt na Muidhe

At the western end of Glencoe on a sharp corner of the A82 by Achnacon Farm there is space for a few cars to park in a layby on the north side of the road. The hillwalking route starts on the opposite side of the road.

2. Sgurr na h-Ulaidh

Looking from Sgurr na h-Ulaidh to Stob an Fhuarain

Following the road, walk northwards and cross the bridge over the Allt na Muidhe. Shortly after this, turn left (west) and head up the track marked with a sign for Glencoe Mountain Cottages.

After 1.5km, a sign points walkers off the track and onto to a path around the holiday cottages - in the past I've stuck to the track through the 'private gardens' to keep dry feet, though I'd probably now just keep to this 'path'.

The path re-joins the track beyond the cottages and a further 1.5km further up, the track then passes some farm buildings and comes to an end by the edge of forestry . A path leads on and follows the east bank of the Allt na Muidhe.

Follow this for 2km, then cross the burn and head up to Bealach Easan - the col between Meall Lighiche and Sgor na h-Ulaidh. Turn southwards and keeping to the grassy ground to the right (west) of the crags ahead, aim uphill.

Meet up with the fence posts to follow to Sgor na h-Ulaidh's summit .

3. Stob an Fhuarain and return

Bealach between Sgurr na h-Ulaidh and Stob an Fhuarain

eaving Sgurr na h-Ulaidh's summit behind, keep to an obvious path eastwards, then turn north-east down steep ground to a bealach. From here its straighforward following fencposts up to the cairn on Stob an Fhuarain , the Munro Top on the mountain.

Head northwards and drop around 150m of height. As the ground levels out aim north-west and drop down grassy slopes to return to the path on the east bank of the Allt na Muidhe and return on the route in.

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