Sgor Gaoith and Sgoran Dubh Mor from Cairngorm

Sgor Gaoith

Munro summit above Loch Einich and Glen Feshie

Sgor Gaoith in the heart of Rothiemurchus is a mountain of split personality - from the west it's a big grass and heather covered lump, from the east crags and cliffs rise above Loch Einich steeply to its summit.


Sgor Gaoith


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Height1118m
Prominence242m
Meaningwindy peak
ListsMunro, 35
LocationFeshie, The Cairngorm Mountains
Grid RefNN903989
Lat/Lon57.06838, -3.81107


On the western edge of the vast Cairngorm plateaux, the rugged Munro point of Sgor Gaoith stands above Glen Einich and Glen Feshie. It's summit is the highest point on a wide ridge that runs north-south between other minor summits of Sgoran Dubh Mor and Carn Ban and the undulating Moine Mor moorland. East of the summit, crags and cliffs drop steeply to Loch Einich below, whereas westwards are soft rolling heather clad slopes.

The easiest approaches are from forested Glen Feshie, where a network of fine tracks and paths lead through Caledonian woods and up heather-clad slopes onto the Moine Mor plateau. Use of a mountain-bike helps on approaches from Rothiemurchus through Glen Einich on tracks and from this direction gives the option of adding in other summits west of the Lairig Ghru. Navigation on the undulating ground south of Sgor Gaoith towards Mullach Clach a'Bhlair will be challenging in mist or white-out !



Hillwalking routes up Sgor Gaoith



1. Glen Feshie Munros »


Above Glen Feshie, Sgor Gaoith and Mullach Clach a'Bhlair are two Munros that lie in the heart of Rothiemurchus, a vast area of Caledonian forest, lochs, rivers, glens, mountains, and wild landscapes. The high ground, known as the Moine Mhor, is fairly featureless for the most part, but fortunately some good paths and tracks aid navigation.

Ascent : 1100m (3610ft)
Distance : 26km (16m)
Time : 8:20hr

2. Sgor Gaoith and minor tops »


The long ridge of Sgor Gaoith and Sgoran Dubh Mor runs north-south between Glen Feshie and Glen Einich. On the Glen Feshie side, these peaks form a soft rolling landscape which contrasts with the impressive cliff and crags on the other side above Loch Einich.

Ascent : 1020m (3350ft)
Distance : 15km (9m)
Time : 5:30hr

3. Sgor Gaoith and Braeriach from Loch Einich »


Between forested Glen Feshie and the famed Lairig Ghru is Loch Einich surrounding by high undulating ground with the impressive Munro summits of Braeriach and Sgor Gaoith situated at opposite sides. Possibly one of the best ways to do this route is to back-pack, camping by one of the little lochans on the Moine Mhor plain.

Ascent : 1680m (5510ft)
Distance : 42km (26m)
Time : 9hr



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Summit of Sgor Gaoith in winterSummit of Sgor Gaoith in winter
Sgor Gaoith from Glen FeshieSgor Gaoith from Glen Feshie
Sgor Gaoith from Loch nan CnapanSgor Gaoith from Loch nan Cnapan
Sgor Gaoith from the path descending Coire Dhondail to Loch EinichSgor Gaoith from the path descending Coire Dhondail to Loch Einich
Just below Sgor Gaoith's summit in springJust below Sgor Gaoith's summit in spring
Sgor Gaoith and Sgoran Dubh Mhor above Loch MorlichSgor Gaoith and Sgoran Dubh Mhor above Loch Morlich




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