Sgurr na h-Ulaidh from the Glen Etive approach

Sgurr na h-Ulaidh

Munro mountain at the western end of Glencoe

Guarding the westerly approaches to Glencoe, Sgurr na h-Ulaidh is a rugged mountain that is less frequented than its higher and more dramatic neighbours on Bidean nam Bian and the Aonach Eagach.

Sgurr na h-Ulaidh

Meaningpeak of the treasure
ListsMunro, 149
LocationGlen Creran to Glen Etive, Northwest Argyll and Appin
Grid RefNN111518
Lat/Lon56.61979, -5.0805

Bidean nam Bian and the Aonach Eagach are impressive mountain ranges above Glencoe that dominate the views from below whereas Sgurr na h-Ulaidh gets but a brief passing glimpse when driving though the glen. But Sgur na h-Ulaidh is a rough mountain with a character of its own, its Munro summit guarded by crags to the north and west. Sgurr na h-Ulaidh has one minor Munro Top - Stob an Fhuarain which lies to the north-east of the main summt, from where the long ridge Aonach Dubh a'Ghlinne aims northwards.

Sgurr na h-Ulaidh is surrounded by other mountains and hills and although hillwalkers often bag it on its own, it makes sense to extend routes to include other summits.

Heading in from Glencoe a lovely circular route can be hiked that adds in the grass covered Corbett of Meall Lighice. Also from Glencoe and for a longer more challenging day, Bidean nam Bian can be hillwalked with Sgurr na h-Ulaidh taking in the rugged Corbett peak of Beinn Maol Chaluim.

A fine alternative is to begin hiking from Glen Etive from where fine forestry tracks lead to another circular route (sort of) that combines Sgurr na h-Ulaidh with Beinn Fhionnlaidh to the south.

Routes up Sgurr na h-Ulaidh

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.

Peaks : 1 Munro

Ascent : 1150m (3770ft)
Distance : 12km (7m)
Time : 5hr

Sgurr na h-Ulaidh and Beinn Fhionnlaidh from Glen Etive

An excellent track heading in from Glen Etive gives good accessibility to the lower slopes of Sgurr na h-Ulaidh and Beinn Fhionnlaidh, allowing these two Munro summits to be bagged in a fine hillwalking route.

Peaks : 2 Munros

Ascent : 1550m (5090ft)
Distance : 18km (11m)
Time : 7hr

Sgurr na h-Ulaidh to Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach

Starting from Glencoe, Sgurr na h-Ulaidh can be linked to Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach, taking in the Corbetts of Meall Lighiche and Beinn Maol Chaluim. A big and rough undertaking !

Peaks : 3 Munros, 2 Corbetts

Ascent : 2375m (7790ft)
Distance : 25km (16m)
Time : 10:15hr

Sgurr na h-Ulaidh to Beinn Sgulaird from Glen Etive

Starting from and finishing in Glen Etive, this is a big day out with a 5km return along road - if you were really keen, it could also be possible to include the Corbett Beinn Trilleachan !

Peaks : 3 Munros, option of 1 Corbett

Ascent : 2475m (8120ft)
Distance : 30km (19m)
Time : 11:40hr

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