Sgorr Dhearg & Sgorr Dhonuill

Ballachulish

Start Point: carpark
Grid Reference: OS sheet 41, GR047586
Time: 5 - 7 hours
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Introduction

On a day when the weather was forecast to be plentiful, we tempted fate by taking on the "Hill of the Thunderbolt". Fortunately, the powers above enjoyed our masochistic sense of humour and rewarded us with dry and clear day.

For the full day we had outstanding views in every direction, hence the "photofest" on this page. This is a sensible days walking, i.e. not too little and not too much. And these hills offer a real taste of the big rocky tops evident of the more northerly munros.

Ironically, given the views that are on offer, this really is a pair of hills to save for a good weather day... but you could really say that about most hills in Scotland.



   

 

Route

  • Leave the car in the carpark at GR047586(MultiMap) and follow the forestry tracks southwards. The track zigzags as it starts to get steeper.
  • At a "crossroads" GR045569 continue straight across and follow the track round for approximately another 400m.
  • A cairn by the road side clearly marks where the main pathway starts. From the cairn follow the track south up to the bealach GR048555.
  • From the bealach head west up the steep rocky slopes to achieve the summit of Sgorr Dhonuill (1001m, GR041555).
  • From the summit retrace your steps to the bealach then follow the more ridge westwards to get to the summit of Sgorr Dhearg (1024m, GR058558)
  • From the summit of Sgorr Dhearg either retrace your steps to the bealach, then back to the car via the upward route.
  • An alternative descent is to follow the clear ridge back to the main road (but be prepared for a bit of bushwhacking and somebody will have to hike back to retrieve the car).

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