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Beinn Alligin, Torridon

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Beinn Alligin (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Àilleagan) is one of the classic mountains of the Torridon region of Scotland, lying to the north of Loch Torridon, in the Highlands. The name Beinn Alligin is from the Scottish Gaelic, meaning Jewelled Hill. The mountain has two peaks of Munro status: Tom na Gruagaich (922 metres (3,025 ft)) to the south, and Sgùrr Mhòr at 986 metres (3,235 ft) to the north.
One of the most prominent features of Beinn Alligin is a great cleft known as Eag Dhubh na h-Eigheachd (black gash of the wailing) or Leum na Caillich, which cuts into the ridge south of the summit. It is the scar of the most spectacular rockslide or rock avalanche in Britain, which runs out into the corrie of Toll a' Mhadaidh Mor. It occurred around 3750 years ago and is around 3.5 million cubic metres in volume. According to local folklore shepherds on the mountain would hear cries from the gash; those who investigated the source of these cries would inevitably fall to their deaths.
Beinn Alligin lies on the National Trust for Scotland's Torridon Estate, which has been owned by the charity since 1967, and forms part of both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
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  • The traverse was a great walk with my daughter. Its hard going up but the views were spectacular and the travers itself was well worth the effort. We parked in the carpark at the bottom and headed... 
    The traverse was a great walk with my daughter. Its hard going up but the views were spectacular and the travers itself was well worth the effort. We parked in the carpark at the bottom and headed...  more »
  • A wonderful walk along a ridge with some exposure if you want. It is steep in places bit once onthe ridge the views open up lochs, mountains and islands. Very good standard of fitness is required. 
    A wonderful walk along a ridge with some exposure if you want. It is steep in places bit once onthe ridge the views open up lochs, mountains and islands. Very good standard of fitness is required.  more »
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  • Definitely a challenging but very rewarding hike. If you like a bit of scrabbling to the top and astonishing views, this is the hike for you!
  • What an amazing hill! It took us around 9 hours as i was struggling with a cold, but oh how much it was worth it! Went clockwise, quite good to get through the biggest ascent first (loads of stone stairs) and end up on the first munro. After that the descent from Tom Na G. and the final descent after the 3rd horn is the worst, descending on boulders/rocks so need to concentrate like crazy. In good visibility path is easy to follow and can be seen until Skye and all around the area - lovely place! In bad weather and snow i only recommend this hill for very expeirenced climbers though. Pictures for reference :)

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