Climbing Beinn Alligin
Beinn Alligin and Beinn Dearg lie in the heart of Torridon, climbing Beinn Alligin is one of the most beautiful walks in Scotland. Though not as large or complex as their neighbours Liathach and Beinn Eighe, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Dearg are interesting mountains with some weird features.
Beinn Alligin means the ‘Mountain of Beauty’ in Gaelic – and is well named. This is the easiest of the three famous Torridon ridge traverses, but if the Horns are included it still gives some airy scrambling.
Beinn Alligin’s Munro summits stand above sandstone terraces on the south and gentle grassy slopes on the north. The mountain is split by the Eag Dhubh, a deep gash on the south face of Sgurr Mor, where on the slopes below, it is said to have provided the lair of one of the last wild wolves in Scotland. At the eastern end of the mountain, the Horns of Alligin provide some easy and entertaining scrambling.
The area has been owned by the National Trust for Scotland since 1967.
Beinn Alligin is the western of the three great mountain masses crowding in on the northern side of Upper Loch Torridon and Glen Torridon, the other two being Liathach and Beinn Eighe.
The name “Beinn Alligin” probably means jewelled mountain. The mountain is usually tackled as a circular round. The clockwise route takes in of the Coir nan Laogh, which forms a steep rising valley up the face of the lower of the two Munros, Tom na Gruagaich.
The views from the top of Tom na Gruagaich are tremendous, taking in the end-on perspective of Liathach, which you will have seen growing steadily less tame in appearance as you gained height, and beyond it Beinn Eighe. And to the west and north you can marvel at a vast swathe of the western coast extending out to Gairloch and beyond.
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