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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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  • A short but steep hike, about 5km round and about 450m ascent. Constant view of the summit and amazing view from the surrounding scenery at the top. The 'regular' top already is an amazing spot but... 
    A short but steep hike, about 5km round and about 450m ascent. Constant view of the summit and amazing view from the surrounding scenery at the top. The 'regular' top already is an amazing spot but...  more »
  • This is a nice moderate hike that is pretty close to the NC500 route. I recommend going up counter clockwise for the best experience. As you get near the top, you can choose to go to the peak or stay....  more
    This is a nice moderate hike that is pretty close to the NC500 route. I recommend going up counter clockwise for the best experience. As you get near the top, you can choose to go to the peak or stay....  more »
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  • INCREDIBLE - absolute must do if you're just North of Ullapool! Most of the walk is steady low gradient but the top is relatively steep. Some incredible views! The top is not suitable for children (50+ meter cliffs on nearly all sides). Unless you're a mountain goat, take a Leki pole - tripping at the top means G A M E O V E R M A N! (see video taken at top for what I mean)
  • Spectacular views! Highly recommend taking the eastern path (on your right when going up) for both ascent and descent and not going full circle - the western path goes through numerous bogs and is extremely muddy. The eastern path is made of large rocks, so easily walkable. The whole hike took us around 3 hours.

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