Sgòr an Lochain Uaine

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Sgòr an Lochain Uaine
The Angel's Peak
Colour photograph of the Scottish mountain Sgòr an Lochain Uaine from the entrance to An Garbh Coire
Sgòr an Lochain Uaine from the entrance to An Garbh Coire
Highest point
Elevation 1,258 m (4,127 ft) [1]
Prominence 118 m (387 ft)
Parent peak Cairn Toul
Listing Munro
Naming
Translation peak of the green lochan (Gaelic)
Pronunciation Scottish Gaelic: [ˈs̪kɔɾ ə ˈl̪ˠɔxɛɲ ˈuəɲə]
Geography
Location Cairngorms, Scotland
OS grid NN954976
Topo map OS Landrangers 36, 43

Sgòr an Lochain Uaine is a mountain in the Cairngorms, Scotland. By some counts it is the fifth-highest mountain in Scotland (and the United Kingdom). It is the third-highest point in the western massif of the Cairngorms, lying between Braeriach and Cairn Toul on the western side of the pass of the Lairig Ghru. It was promoted to Munro status by the Scottish Mountaineering Club's 1997 revision of the tables.[citation needed]

Climbing[edit]

Sgòr an Lochain Uaine is a remote mountain, and all routes to the summit are long days by Scottish standards. It is usually climbed in conjunction with other peaks: if coming from the south it may be combined with Cairn Toul and The Devil's Point, whilst from the north one must first cross Braeriach.[citation needed]

Name[edit]

The mountain takes its named from An Lochan Uaine the lochan lying in the corrie on the north-east side of the peak. Its name translates into English as the peak of the little green loch. It is known by some as, and the Ordnance Survey maps show, The Angel's Peak, the name allegedly given to it in the 19th-century by Alexander Copland, a founding member of the Cairngorm Club, in contrast to the nearby The Devil's Point.[2][3][4]

Coordinates: 57°03′27″N 3°43′34″W / 57.05754°N 3.72622°W / 57.05754; -3.72622

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "walkhighlands Sgor an Lochain Uaine". walkhighlands.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Sgòr an Lochain Uaine : A Gaelic place name guide by Joe Dorward".
  3. ^ Drummond, Peter (2010). Scottish hill names: their origin and meaning. Scottish Mountaineering Trust. pp. 123, 130. ISBN 9780907521952.
  4. ^ "Macdui horizons" (PDF). Clac Dian: the newsletter of the Cairngorm Club: 5. June 2010.