Stac Pollaidh Mountain, Ullapool

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Stac Pollaidh is a mountain in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. The peak displays a rocky crest of Torridonian sandstone, with many pinnacles and steep gullies. The ridge was exposed to weathering as a nunatak above the ice sheet during the last Ice Age, while the ice flow carved and scoured the smooth sides of the mountain.The modern Gaelic name is a recent invention. The peak is named on the first edition Ordnance Survey maps simply as "An Stac" (the pinnacle) and on later maps as "Stac Polly". The "Polly" element is of Norse origin, derived from "Pollå" meaning "pool river". Due to its relatively low height of just over 2000 feet, fine views and ease of access from a road it has become a very popular peak to climb. It also provides some fine scrambling in the traverse of the summit ridge, including one bad step near the final summit. Consequentially it has suffered from a great deal of erosion, leading to Scottish Natural Heritage constructing a large path.AscentStac Pollaidh can be climbed in less than 3 hours by any relatively fit person. From the car park on the shore of Loch Lurgainn the path leads directly up, under the spires of the crest. About 200 m from the road the path splits; one may choose either since both meet up on the far side of the hill, from where it is only a short distance to the summit ridge.
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  • Not too big for most folk to climb in little more than a couple of hours, but with all the spectacular rewards of a much higher peak. Good path all the way up or round, good car park at start.  more »
  • The hike to the top is not too difficult and the trail is well marked. The views going up and at the top as simply stunning. Do spend a little time up there to enjoy (maybe bring lunch or a snack). Re...  more »
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  • Beautiful little Mountain. Nice walk up, bit steep in parts. Didn't manage right to the top. Amazing views nevertheless.
  • One of my favourite places. Great climb, spectacular views. Wow wow wow
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