3- day backpacking loop trip from Sligachan via Sgurr na Stri
Day 1: Sligachan – Loch Coruisk
Photo moments: 30min
Altitude: 425m ascent, 425m descent
It’s already 4am when we arrive in Sligachan and we need to pack our backpacks before we can start our hike. Around 5am we can start our hike. We hope to reach Loch Coruisk before it starts to get dark. It’s normally about 4 hours walk to Loch Coruisk. So basically we can reach it before the darkness falls. We park our car along the road close to the building of the Skye Mountain Rescue Team. There are a few places to park your car. We cross the river Sligachan with an old stone bridge. We follow the left river bank. After six kilometres we pass the two lakes Lochan Dubha. After a while, we cross the river Allt nam Fraoch Choire. Then we start the start the climb of 250 meters to the mountain pass Sgurr-Hain.
Now we can start the descent of three hundred meters to Loch Coruisk. The descent goes well until we begin to approach Loch Coruisk. It already starts to get dark, this makes it harder to find a good way to the lake. When we finally reach the Lake it is almost completely dark. This makes it harder to find a good place to set up our tent. But after a while, we find a good place.
Day 2: Loch Coruisk – between Loch Dubha and Loch an Athain via top Sgurr na
Photo moments: 2h
Altitude: 540m ascent, 510m descent
Today we walk back in the direction of Sligachan, for most of the part we walk the same route. We’re taking a break at Loch Coruisk to make some pictures. Yesterday it was already too dark to make some pictures. After the break, we start the climb of 300 meters to the mountain pass Sgurr-Hain. From the mountain pass, it’s still 150 meters walking to the top Sgurr na Stri. Here we have a beautiful view on Loch Coruisk, Loch na Cuilce, Loch nan Leachd and the Black Cuillins.
After the summit, we walk back to the mountain pass Sgurr-Hain by a wide mountain ridge. And from here we follow the same route back down. When we are back at the river Allt nam Fraoch Choire, we find a nice spot to set up the tent. We’ll bivouac between the lakes Loch Athain and Loch an Dubha. It was also possible to walk back to the car. But we have to drive 200 kilometres to the next hiking area. So it seems better to us to do that tomorrow.
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Day 3: Between Loch Dubha and Loch an Athain – Sligachan
Photo moments: 30min
Altitude: 80m ascent, 110m descent
Today it’s about 8 kilometres walking back to the car. After less than two hours we reach the car.