Sgòr an Lochain Uaine

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
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
Elevation1,258 m (4,127 ft)[1]
Prominence118 m (387 ft)
Parent peakCairn Toul
English translationpeak of the green lochan
Language of nameGaelic
PronunciationScottish Gaelic: [ˈs̪kɔɾ ə ˈl̪ˠɔxɛɲ ˈuəɲə]
LocationCairngorms, Scotland
OS gridNN954976
Topo mapOS 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.[2]


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.[3]


The mountain takes its name 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.[4][5][6]

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



  1. ^ "Sgòr an Lochain Uaine". Hill Bagging - the online version of the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH). 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  2. ^ Townsend, Chris (2013-05-24). The Munros and Tops: A Record-Setting Walk in the Scottish Highlands. Random House. ISBN 978-1-78057-823-1.
  3. ^ "Cairn Toul - Braeriach traverse". Walkhighlands. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  4. ^ "Sgòr an Lochain Uaine : A Gaelic place name guide by Joe Dorward".
  5. ^ Drummond, Peter (2010). Scottish hill names: their origin and meaning. Scottish Mountaineering Trust. pp. 123, 130. ISBN 9780907521952.
  6. ^ "Macdui horizons" (PDF). Clac Dian: The Newsletter of the Cairngorm Club: 5. June 2010.