Stac Pollaidh

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Stac Pollaidh
Stac Pollaidh 3.jpg
Elevation 612 m (2,008 ft)
Prominence c. 438 m
Listing Graham, Marilyn
Translation The pinnacle of the pool river (Stakkr Pollå) (Norse)
Pronunciation /ˌstæk ˈpɒl/
Location
Location Inverpolly, Scotland
OS grid NC107106
Topo map Ordnance Survey Landranger 15
Climbing
Easiest route Scramble
The rocky crest of Stac Pollaidh

Stac Pollaidh is a mountain in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. The peak displays a rocky crest of Torridonian sandstone, with many pinnacles and steep gullies. The crest is extremely weathered (more so than other Torridonian peaks), suggesting that it was not covered in ice during the last Ice Age. The ridge was exposed to weathering above the level of the ice sheet, as a nunatak, while the ice carved and scoured the smooth sides of the mountain.[1]

The name Stac Pollaidh is often anglicised to Stack Polly. Due to its relatively low height of just over 2000 feet, fine views and ease of access from a road it has become a very popular peak to climb. It also provides some fine scrambling in the traverse of the summit ridge, including one bad step near the final summit. Consequentially it has suffered from a great deal of erosion, leading to Scottish Natural Heritage constructing a large path.

Ascent[edit]

The western summit of Stac Pollaidh requires a scramble to ascend.

Stac Pollaidh can be climbed in less than 3 hours by any relatively fit person. From the car park on the shore of Loch Lurgainn the path leads directly up, under the spires of the crest. About 200 m from the road the path splits; one may choose either since both meet up on the far side of the hill, from where it is only a short distance to the summit ridge.

The Lobster Claw pinnacle on Stac Pollaidh which partly collapsed and lost some of its height several years ago.

Once on the ridge the true summit lies about 300 m to the west. However to reach it one must scramble over several rocky pinnacles, and a good head for heights is required. The sandstone pinnacles are impressive and are rated in Scotland as second only to the ones on Quiraing on the Isle of Skye. They carry names such as "The Sphinx", "Tam o' Shanter", "Andy Capp" and "Madonna and Child", a particularly fine example known as the "Lobsters Claw" partly collapsed several years ago due to natural erosion.[2] The lower, eastern, peak can be reached without any difficulty. From any point on the crest there are excellent views of the wide expanse of the Inverpolly Forest, and of neighbouring peaks such as Suilven. The views of the Atlantic are breathtaking. Returning via the other path allows for a circular walk of about 3 km.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butler, Rob. "An Essay on the Geology of NW Scotland". Leeds University. Retrieved 2014-11-22. 
  2. ^ "The Grahams" Pages 211 (Gives details of pinnacles).
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Coordinates: 58°02′38″N 5°12′32″W / 58.04400°N 5.20881°W / 58.04400; -5.20881