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Of the three giants of Torridon, Beinn Alligin is perhaps the most approachable as regards walking its ridges. It lies above the head of Loch Torridon and is started from the car park on the west side of the bridge over the Abhainn Coire Mhic Nobuil.

Cross the bridge and take the stalker's path up the east bank of the burn. About 1.85km up the track a bridge is crossed and the path strikes up the moor towards the Bealach a'Chomhla. Leave this path higher up to take to the south east ridge of Na Rathanan, the Horns of Alligin. The ridge is rocky, with three Horns. In places these are exposed but the scrambling is easy and a calm approach will work wonders!

From the westmost end drop down to the col at 757m. The narrow ridge ahead leads up to the first, and highest, Munro of the day, Sgurr Mhor (986m). Continue west, with impressive drops down the east flank. A superb gash in the hill will be crossed just after leaving the summit - the Eag Dhubh, the black cleft. The ridge continues down to the col at 766m, before climbing up the now narrower rocky crest to gain the second Munro, Tom na Gruagaich (922m). The drops to the east are still thought provoking, especially as the cairn is above the edge of the cliffs.

Drop down west to the col above Coir' nan Laogh and carefully descend by the eroded path on the east side of the burn. Exit this narrow and hemmed in coire and take the path SSW across the moor to regain the starting point at the car park.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 24 'Raasay & Applecross, Loch Torridon & Plockton' (1:50000), OL8 (The Cuillin & Torridon Hills at 1:25000)
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 1100 m
Time: 4.5 hours
Food & Drink: Hotels at either end of the glen supply the usual pressing needs, while a little bit longer in the car leads westward to the delightful village of Shieldaig.

 

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