Sgùrr Eilde Mòr
|Sgùrr Eilde Mòr|
The Sgùrr Eilde Mòr from the western neighbouring pre-summit Sgòr Eilde Beag of the Binnein Mòr, in the foreground Coire an Lochain
|Rock||Quartzite, mica schist|
Sgùrr Eilde Mòr is a Munro and Marilyn classified 1010-metre-high mountain in Scotland. Its Gaelic name can be roughly translated as Great Peak of the hind.
It is located in the Highland Council Area in the Mamores mountain range to the south-east of Fort William and Ben Nevis. The main range of the Mamores stretches east-west between Glen Nevis and the village of Kinlochleven to the south and has a total of eight Munros. Two further munros lie slightly off to the east of the main range. Sgùrr Eilde Mòr is the higher of the two offside peaks and also the easternmost peak of the Mamores
The stony, rocky summit of Sgùrr Eilde Mòr, built of quartzite and mica schist, is roughly in the shape of a three-sided pyramid. To the northwest, southeast and west, ridges drop steeply from the summit. The ridge to the northwest drops more steeply only to about 950 meters and then runs out into a long, less steeply sloping ridge known as Druim Sgùrr Eilde. The south-west side of the mountain, bounded by the west and south-east ridges, overlooks the Coire an Lochain, which lies at an altitude of about 740 metres, and which at the same time separates it from the neighbouring Binnein Mòr to the west and its fore-peaks, the highest mountain in the Mamores. The Coire an Lochain is a relatively flat saddle between the two mountains, joined to the north by the valley of the Coire a’ Bhinnein, which drains into Glen Nevis. The Coire a’ Bhinnein also separates the Sgùrr Eilde Mòr from the neighbouring Binnein Beag, 943 metres high to the north, the second of the off-main range Munro in the Mamores. Adjacent to the south is the lower lying Loch Eilde Mòr, which drains via the Allt na h-Eilde into the River Leven and eventually Loch Leven. In the Coire an Lochain lie several lochs, some of which are loch-rich
Due to its location on the eastern edge of the Mamores, all climbs to Sgùrr Eilde Mòr require long approaches. Many Munro baggers combine an ascent of Sgùrr Eilde Mòr with that of the neighbouring Binnein Beag. The starting point is Kinlochleven, from where the route initially follows a Public Footpath towards Spean Bridge and Corrour Station to the west end of Loch Eilde Mòr. Above the loch the climb leads below the east face of Sgor Eilde Beag into the Coire an Loch ain and at its north end to the west ridge. To the left of the west ridge, the climb leads across the north-west side of the mountain to the summit. Another approach is via Druim Sgùrr Eilde from the northeast, but requires a much longer approach via Glen Nevis.
– Collection of images, videos and audio files
- The Sgùrr Eilde Mòr on munromagic.com (english)
- The Sgùrr Eilde Mòr on walkhighlands.co.uk (english)
- Hill Bagging – the online version of the Database of British and Irish Hills: Sgùrr Eilde Mòr (English)
- Sgùrr Eilde Mòr on www.munromagic.com, retrieved 10 September 2020 (English)