The Jewelled Hill or Mountain of Beauty is the native Gealic name for Torridon’s most westerly peak, it is very apt for this stunning mountain. When viewed from the north or south the pyramidal peak of Sgurr Mor (986m) provides the focus of attention. Flanked on the north and south by steep cliffs and to the east by “The Homs”, a section of smaller peaks involving Grade I scrambling to traverse. To its west lies the slightly lower but no less imposing peak of Tom na Gruagaich (922m). There are views all along the ridge of the sea and The Hebrides including Skye on one side and of mountains as far as the eye can see on the other. This is a mountain not to be missed.
We offer a private guiding service based in the North West of Scotland. Priding ourselves on our local knowledge, experienced guides can help you achieve your mountaineering goals on this fantastic hill. Our guides will be able to help you tackle the famous ‘Horns of Aligin’ or take in one of the lesser travelled scrambles to the summit. Whatever your aims we’ll be happy to help.
Beinn Alligin lies above the shores of Loch Torridon. Accommodation is available in the glen at the Torridon Youth Hostel, The Torridon Hotel or Kinlochewe Hotel. There is also camping available in Torridon or Kinlochewe. A small shop / cafe is available in Torridon itself. A short drive away from the glen are the villages of Shieldaig, Lochcarron, and Gairloch. These provide more facilities.
Our most popular option for Beinn Alligin is a full summer traverse. The route begins at the car park at Coire Mhicnobaill. From here well-made paths lead you to the foot of the mountain. However, don’t let this lull you into an early false sense of security, The Horns, the highlight of the day for many, is yet to come. The scrambling on the horns is exposed and while it is possible to bypass sections this can often be more exposed than the scrambling itself. The bypass path is an extremely narrow sheep track with steep ground on both sides. Therefore, a good head for heights is needed to enjoy this exceptional mountain. The traverse is a circular route (so we start and finish in the same car park). It can be done in either a clockwise or anticlockwise direction, which we will decide on the day itself depending on weather conditions.
Like many mountains, Beinn Alligin has some lesser known routes to enjoy. We recommend the full traverse above for most people, however, do just let us know if there is an alternative scramble or walk you wish to do.
For those looking for a winter adventure, a full winter traverse is an incredible undertaking and one of the most rewarding days out in Scotland. For those looking for more technical winter climbing, there are also several winter climbs on the mountain. Most popular climbs include West Coast Boomer (IV 4) and Deep South Gully (I). When in condition these climbs make for stunning ways to gain the ridge.
In order to provide the highest level of experience and safety I maintain low ratios for guided ascents. Below you can see the details. All trips are considered private bookings so you will not have to worry about the pace of others and will get a trip tailored to your individual needs.
|1:2||£140 per person|
|1:3||£95 per person|
|1:4||£75 per person|
|1:5+||£300 per day (£60 or less per person)|
|1:2||£150 per person|
|1:3||£120 per person|
|1:4||£100 per person|
Expect the day to involve around 8 hours of walking in steep mountainous terrain with over 1000m of ascent. The scrambling on the horns is similar in difficulty to Tryfan’s north ridge and slightly harder than striding edge in the Lake district. Winter conditions add to this difficulty.
You will need normal hill walking kit including sturdy footwear, waterproofs (jacket and trousers), food and warm clothing. Technical kit is available to borrow for your booking where required. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own subject to inspection by your guide to ensure its safety. A complete kit list is provided with each booking.