Sgùrr na Sgine
|Sgùrr na Sgine|
Sgùrr na Sgine seen from the outlying top of Faochag
|Elevation||946 m (3,104 ft) |
|Prominence||247 m (810 ft)|
|Parent peak||The Saddle|
|Translation||Peak of the Knife (Gaelic)|
|Pronunciation||Scottish Gaelic: [ˈs̪kuːrˠ nə ˈs̪kʲinə]|
|Location||Glen Shiel, Scotland|
|Parent range||Northwest Highlands|
|Topo map||OS Landranger 33, OS Explorer 414|
|Listed summits of Sgùrr na Sgine|
|North West Top||942 m (3090 ft)||Munro top|
Sgùrr na Sgine is a Munro and Marilyn with a height of 946 metres (3104 feet). Though a fine mountain in its own right, it is overshadowed by its near neighbour The Saddle, regarded as one of the finest mountains in Scotland. Sgùrr na Sgine is not well seen from the A87 road to the north east. The best view from valley level is from the remote country to the south west. It looks particularly fine from the top of the Mam Barrisdale pass from where it takes on a more dramatic appearance than The Saddle. The mountain's name translates from the Gaelic as "Peak of the Knife". This is thought to refer to a wall of rock beneath the summit on its eastern flank which takes on a blade like appearance from some angles.
Sgùrr na Sgine has a subsidiary Top along its north eastern ridge called Faochag (The Whelk) which reaches a height of 909 metres. The peak, which is seen as a sharp distinctive cone, alongside The Saddle when viewed from the A87 road at the Battle of Glen Shiel site (grid reference ) in what is regarded as a classic mountain view. Faochog was for many years classified as a “Top” in Munro's Tables before being deleted in 1974 when remapping showed it to have insufficient height. It is now a Corbett Top with 62 metres prominence.
Sgùrr na Sgine’s steep, narrow north ridge has been christened “Concorde Ridge” by famed Scottish hill walker Hamish Brown after he and a companion were startled by a vast flock of terrified ptarmigan when descending in winter conditions. The cliffs to the east of the summit are more precipitous than shown on the map and a direct descent should not be attempted to the Bealach a Toiteil. Walkers should contour round the side of the cliffs to reach the bealach which connects the mountain to the Corbett Sgùrr a'Bhac Chaolais.
Ascents and summit
Sgùrr na Sgine is usually climbed with The Saddle to which it is joined by a col, the Bealach Coire Mhalagain, at 699 metres. The mountain can be climbed as an extension of the South Cluanie ridge, a line of seven Munros south of the Glen Shiel road, but this makes for a long, hard day in the hills. A direct ascent of Sgùrr na Sgine is possible from Achnangart Farm (grid reference ) in Glen Shiel, almost at sea level, giving a hard climb up the grassy slopes of the north east ridge to Faochag. From there the gradient eases considerably giving an easier walk to the summit plateau, though with a rocky scramble up Concorde Ridge. A circuit of Coire Toteil can be completed by continuing from the summit to take in the Corbett Sgùrr a'Bhac Chaolais before descending to Glen Shiel.
The top of the mountain has two high points. The North West Top has a height of 942 metres and is a Munro Top. The Munro is a further 300 metres south east and 4 metres higher. From the summit there is an excellent prospect northwards to the Forcan Ridge on The Saddle. The Kintail Forest Munros are seen to the north east and the remote area of Knoydart is seen to the south west.
- "www.munromagic.com Sgurr na Sgine". MunroMagic.com. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
- Hamish Brown, Hamish's Mountain Walk p.214. Details of view from Mam Barrisdale.
- Irvine Butterfield, The Magic Of The Munros p.134. Gives details of name translation.
- The Munros and Tops 1891-1997. Spreadsheet giving details of successive changes to Munro's Tables.
- Hamish Brown, Hamish's Mountain Walk p.246. Details of Concorde Ridge incident.
- The Munros (SMC Guide) Donald Bennett et al., ISBN 0-907521-13-4
- Hamish’s Mountain Walk, Hamish Brown, ISBN 1-898573-08-5
- The High Mountains of Britain and Ireland, Irvine Butterfield, ISBN 0-906371-30-9
- The Magic Of The Munros, Irvine Butterfield, ISBN 0-7153-2168-4