Arkle (Sutherland)

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Arkle above the shores of Loch Stack
Highest point
Elevation 787 m (2,582 ft)
Prominence 690 m (2,260 ft)
Listing Marilyn, Corbett
Translation Flat-topped hill (ark fjell) (Norse)
Pronunciation /ˈɑːrkəl/
Location Sutherland, Scotland
OS grid NC302461
Topo map OS Landranger 9

Arkle is a mountain in Sutherland, situated in the far north-west corner of the Scottish Highlands. Like its sister Foinaven, the mountain is made up of glistening white Cambrian quartzite, laid down around 530 million years ago on an uneven basement of much older Lewisian gneiss. The quartzite, and the Torridonian sandstone which makes up many of the other mountains in the area, have been dissected by rivers and glaciers, leaving a series of isolated peaks, such as Suilven, Quinag and Stac Pollaidh, standing above the "knock and lochan" landscape of small hills and lakes that is typical of the Lewisian gneiss.

Arkle, the Irish thoroughbred racehorse was named after the mountain.[1] Coordinates: 58°22′13″N 4°54′17″W / 58.37033°N 4.90485°W / 58.37033; -4.90485


  1. ^ "The legend of Arkle". BBC. Retrieved 6 May 2015.