Walk: Sgurr nan Airgid - dowager of Loch Duich

Highland | Kintail | Half day walk | ★★★★

[Loch Duich from the summit of Sgùrr nan Airgid]

Standing proudly apart from the groups of Munros along Glen Shiel, Sgùrr nan Airgid (Silver Peak) is the independent old lady of the Kintail area - where many of the other hills are grouped together along airy ridges. Reaching her Corbett summit is relatively straightforward for this rough region, thanks to a decent path for the entirety of the ascent, and the views are absolutely worth the effort, with the full length of tranquil Loch Duich visible. Loch Alsh and the Skye Bridge join the party if you make a pathless detour to the western top, where we were lucky enough to share the vista with scores of red deer. Strong walkers should be able to accomplish this route in half a day: rather handy when (as on our visit) the weather is forecast to deteriorate later on.

[Looking south from the ascent]

📌 Walk: Sgurr nan Airgid - dowager of Loch Duich ★★★★
Start / finish at layby on minor road just east of A87 junction, 2 mi north of Shiel Bridge, G.R.: NG 946212 ///packet.pheasants.deal

▶ 11 km / 7 mi | ▲ 930 m | ⌚ Half a day | Tough
Features: St Dubhthach's Church ★★ & memorial; △ Sgùrr nan Airgid (841 m, Corbett)
Terrain: Mostly clear track then path to Sgùrr nan Airgid, sustained ascent; boggy sections mainly around Màm na Dubharaiche. Detour to Sgùrr na Seamraig is mostly pathless.

Route & map

Layby & St Dubhthach's Church - Màm na Dubharaiche - Sgùrr nan Airgid - Sgùrr na Seamraig - skirt main summit - return to Màm na Dubharaiche - start by outward route

Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Dozens of red deer below Sgùrr na Seamraig; wild goats by the A87 on the way to the start.
Weather: Warm and sunny start but cloud building, base just above summit level.

Chronological photo guide

[Loch Duich from the ascent]

[Sgùrr na Mòraich from the ascent]

[Looking down the Allt na Ruaraich]

[Sgùrr nan Airgid from Màm na Dubharaiche]

[Climbing the east ridge]

[View north from the east ridge]

[North ridge]

[Approaching the summit]

[Sgùrr nan Airgid summit]

[Loch Duich from the summit]

[Loch Duich from the summit]

[The way ahead to Sgùrr na Seamraig]

[Looking back from Sgùrr na Seamraig]

[View west towards the Skye Bridge from Sgùrr na Seamraig]

[Red deer north of Sgùrr na Seamraig]

[Mother and fawn]

[Red deer]

[Gleann Lichd from the descent]

[West end of the Beinn Fhada massif, seen from near the finish]

[Receding tide on Loch Duich]


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