Walk: Sgòr Gaoith - simply stunning
|[Sgòr Gaoith summit]|
Sgòr Gaoith has one of the most dramatically-located summits in the Cairngorms, if not all of Scotland. Perched precipitously above cliffs plunging over 600 vertical metres to Loch Eanaich, the edge of the crags also offers awe-inspiring views of Braeriach's western side, strewn with perfectly sculpted coires. Fortunately the ascent from Glen Feshie traverses much friendlier slopes: the sudden contrast as you arrive abruptly at the cliff edge will take your breath away. Returning over Geal-charn (formerly also a Munro) reveals excellent views north over Strathspey and Glenmore Forest Park, with the Monadhliath Mountains beyond.
|[Amazing views over Loch Eanaich to the "back" of Braeriach from the top of the cliffs]|
Name: Walk: Sgòr Gaoith - simply stunning ★★★★☆
Length: 14 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 910 metres
Main summits: Sgòr Gaoith (1118 metres, Munro); Meall Buidhe (976 metres); Geal-charn (920 metres)
Start / finish: Space to park off the minor road along the east side of Glen Feshie at a track junction (or a little way down the track itself), G.R.: NH 853012 ///twinkled.visit.spite
Route: Start - cross Allt Coire na Cloiche at G.R.: NH 875007 - cross Allt a' Chrom-alltain at G.R.: NN 883993 - Sgòr Gaoith (approach from south-west then south side) - Meall Buidhe - Geal-charn - 670 metre spot height to north-west - follow path south-west to rejoin outward route.
Terrain: Excellent track and path most of the way to the summit, gradually steepening and eventually fading short of the summit. Mostly pathless return over boulders and heather before an old stalker's path is joined, leading back to the outward route.
Wildlife today: Ravens circling the crags of Sgòr Gaoith.
Weather today: Shorts weather - warm and sunny with just a gentle breeze at the very top.
|[Good views looking back over Strathspey on the sustained but fairly gentle ascent]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)