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Beinn Alligin
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Beinn Alligin, or the "Jeweled Mountain," is aptly named because of its shimmering presence when viewed across Lock Torridon, and is a fine introduction to the pleasures of Torridonian hill-walking.
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Martysouth
Kinross, UK24 contributions
Beinn Alligen Travers
Sep 2020
The traverse was a great walk with my daughter. Its hard going up but the views were spectacular and the travers itself was well worth the effort. We parked in the carpark at the bottom and headed up clockwise. Luckily we had great weather...clear and with relatively little wind.
Written 28 September 2020
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Kill0ch
Barrhead, UK234 contributions
Beinn Alligin
Oct 2017
A wonderful walk along a ridge with some exposure if you want. It is steep in places bit once onthe ridge the views open up lochs, mountains and islands. Very good standard of fitness is required.
Written 27 August 2018
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Lisa L
Boston, MA112 contributions
Beware your fear of heights
Jul 2018
This is not as easy as it looks, especially if you have the slightest fear of heights. There is a lot of "on your butt" action for all of the climbs down, which there are several. Make sure you don't do this one alone as it cam be a little slippery in places as some of the rocks move. That being said, the views are incredible and what a feeling of completing 2 munros and 3 horns in one day.
Written 12 July 2018
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justmycupoftea1
Gairloch, UK9 contributions
Astonishing!
Sep 2016
Live locally and decided one day before work to climb Beinn Alligin. We walked up on a beautiful and clear day. We left the car park at 5, on the summit at 7.30, walk the ridge and back to the car by 11. Lovely walk. Very clear path and amazing views as you don't really see any views until you get to the summit. If you like mountains make sure you do this one!!!
Written 14 September 2016
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Robert W
Strathaven, UK340 contributions
North Coast 500
Sep 2016 • Couples
This area is the most beautiful part of the highlands lovely walks and great hotels to stop and savour. the NC500 takes you through the glen and loch with breath taking views everywhere you look.
Written 8 September 2016
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Martyk74
Corydon, IN3 592 contributions
Beinn Alligin - A Munro Worth The Challenge
May 2016 • Couples
Agree with everything Scotlandmac says in her review.
This was our experience.
We did this walk/hike in late May on a day without a cloud in the sky, temperatures in the 60’s. There is a parking area right across the street from the trailhead. We used Walkhighlands directions but also bought a book at the last minute at a little stand in Torridon on the way to the parking lot. It is on the left side of the road in a little green shop (can’t remember the name but something like Scottish Trail Heritage Center). The book did have additional information that we found helpful plus a map, though it cost 14 pounds.
I should say that we aren’t regular hikers and in slightly above average shape. We both carried backpacks with 2 liters of water each ( I also carried camera gear) and we both had trekking poles. I only use mine for the descent. My husband ran out of water on the way back and I gave him some of mine.
This was probably the hardest trail we’ve ever accomplished. It is pretty straightforward, it would be hard to get lost but it is rough and relentless the whole way. The trail and climb are extremely rocky. You’ll barely ever set foot on soft or level ground.
Walkhighlands has this as a 5-7 hour walk. It took us 9 hours this is including rest breaks, lunch and pictures at both summits. We did summit both Tom na Gruagaich and Sgurr Mhor. You get to Tom na Gruagaich first and this does indeed have spectacular views and you could certainly turn back and feel accomplished. But to continue on to Sgurr Mhor didn’t seem that bad and can you really say you bagged the Munro if you don’t do both summits? So, we continued.
After Tom na Gruagaich , you descend down some before climbing to reach Sgurr Mhor. This descent is another rough part before getting to top of Sgurr Mhor. We didn’t realize there was a way to by-pass the rocky part to Sgurr Mhor but you can walk along the side to avoid the rocks. We took the shortcut on the way back. To take this short-cut means there is some exposure involved but we didn’t feel uncomfortable and it saved us time and punishment.
One of the coolest things that happened is that a military jet flew below us while we were on top of Tom na Gruagaich. We heard it before we saw it and instinctively looked up before realizing it was below us, flying between the mountains.
You can do a circular route which involves some scrambling you can also continue the walk further to climb the horns of Beinn Alligin. Either of these options increases the difficulty of the hike. We returned the way we came. The return from Sgurr Mhor to our car took 3 ½ hours, that was with no stops. For me, going down is more brutal than climbing up.
It was exhausting but so worth completing the challenge.
Written 14 June 2016
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Scotlandmac
Glasgow, UK10 015 contributions
One of the most beautiful of all Scotland's mountains...even better on close inspection
Oct 2012 • Couples
One of the best views is from the opposite side of Loch Torridon from one of the parking areas which give incredible vistas of the scale of these mountains towering above tiny Torridon village.
However, better again is to see it up close.
A walk to the summit needs full gear - good boots etc.Various books or the excellent walkhighlands website give the simple route directions.It's a tough slog up into the corrie which leads to Tom na Gruagaich, the first summit of Beinn Alligin (Jewelled or Beautiful Mountain). The views as you ascend just get better all the time - Loch Torridon glistening far below ringed by impressive peaks.
This first summit itself in my view, is the best viewpoint of all,even better than the highest point, Sgurr Mhor.The big terraced flanks of the mountain are before you in all their Jurassic park glory and if it's clear - the monolithic outlines of Liathach and Beinn Eighe.To the west the Atlantic ocean glistens with Skye and the Outer Isles sitting serenely blue on the horizon.In October the sound of rutting stags far below in the glen are surprisingly loud even up here, in this wild and magnificent spot.
If you can't manage the tough walk up you could wander up the Coire Nobuil path past the lovely Scots pine and the tumbling river of the same name with its little waterfalls.But the hills look better from sea level - visually, they flatten out from the path itself though it is wild country.
Some great photos are to be had from the gorgeous road that winds up to the National Trust car park at the start of the walk,with the Scots Pines in the foreground.
Written 8 August 2013
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