Sgurr na Stri – September 2006

Date: Friday 8th September 2006
Distance: 16.3km
Ascent:1000m

Chris’s report from the Cuillin brought back some memories from last year and a week on Skye based in Torrin opposite Bla Bheinn. Did a few Cuillin munros but the stand out walk didn’t even top 2000ft.

Staying in Torrin – Blaven obscured at breakfast:

A less advertised Skye hill easily visible in the calendar shot from Elgol Sgurr na Stri is a phenomenal viewpoint.

The hill can be approached from Sligachan walking down Glen Sligachan but we decided to walk over from the Torrin-Elgol road at Kilmarie.

Forecast was for improving weather so had a relaxed breakfast and then kicked off over the track to Camusunary. Early September so still entertained by dragonflies.

Had walked out here before and there are memorials at the top, I hadn’t realised in the rain why it was popular but the views to Rum and the Cuillins showed me why.

Track runs easily down to Camusunary beach and a pleasant walk on the seaside.

Forded the river (Abhainn Camas Fhionnairigh) near its outflow (low water levels)

then walked up the glen a couple of km before tracking up into the corrie to ascend the ridge W of Sgurr Hain.

No technical or navigational difficulties to reach the ridge where a view of the main ridge develops (tops still shrouded when we reached here).

Lots of pools on the ridge.

Newt in a pool:

Newt pool penthouse view:

The summit lies up a series of rocky shelves with grassy slopes interspersed, no trouble.

Once on the summit the view is complete with Loch Coruisk completely seen running into the main ridge and the islands out to sea.

Sgurr na Stri panorama shot:

There was a cool breeze but we sat on the top for about an hour enjoying the sights. Watched some seals racing in Loch Scavaig and a boat pull in with visitors walking the short hop from Scavaig to Coruisk (a trip that looks well worthwhile). A group of ravens were circling us but we kept our lunches tidy.

Can you see the queue up there?

Headed back along the ascent route, some nice still pools on the ridge and lovely warm weather in the corrie.

Decent views up Glen Sligachan to the other Skye hills.

Gillean appears looking ferocious as you climb from Camasunary:

Lowering sun provided lovely views to the mainland from the memorials.

Easy walk back to the car then drove out to Elgol to take a calendar shot prior to heading home for tea.

Very pleasant walking and worth the investment of a good day on Skye for the unique view. Only saw 2 other people, beats queuing for the Inn Pin.

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3 thoughts on “Sgurr na Stri – September 2006

    1. At the moment I’m just using it as a walks diary for current walks (I was testing the system with the older ones). The other 400 trip reports remain in place where I posted them, should that place disappear I can repost them in the future.

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