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Glen Brittle Youth Hostel, Skye, and Sgurr na Banachdich
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_CARD_017
PLACENAME
Glen Brittle
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Bracadale
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12840
KEYWORDS
mountain
mountains
mountaineering
Glen Brittle Youth Hostel, Skye, and Sgurr na Banachdich

An offical postcard from the Scottish Youth Hostel Association, showing the SYHA hostel at Glen Brittle, near Carbost on the Isle of Skye. The Hostel is still in existence today. Sgurr na Banachdich, seen in the background, is a Munro with an elevation of 965 metres. It is part of the Black Cuillin ridge.

The Cuillin are a range of mountains located in the Isle of Skye, comprising the rocky, jagged Black Cuillin ridge and the lower Red Hills (sometimes known as the Red Cuillin). The Black Cuillin features twelve Munros (a Scottish mountain with a height of over 910 metres), and the range provides some of the best, and most challenging, climbing in the UK.

Until the 19th century, however, the Cuillin were regarded as unclimbable. The first recorded ascent of a Cuillin peak was in 1836, when the scientist James Forbes and local forester Duncan MacIntyre, successfully climbed Sgurr nan Gillean by its south-east ridge. Sgurr na Banachdich was first climbed in 1873 by Skye-born Sheriff Alexander Nicolson. In the same year he also made the first ascents of Sgurr Dearg and the highest peak of the Cuillin, Sgurr Alasdair, which was later named after Nicolson.

The range has also made headlines in more recent times, when John MacLeod of MacLeod put the Black Cuillin on the market for £10 million in 2000, in order to fund repairs of his Clan seat, Dunvegan Castle. In 2003, after enormous public outcry, MacLeod agreed to gift the mountains to the nation on the condition that a charitable trust renovated his castle.


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Glen Brittle Youth Hostel, Skye, and Sgurr na Banachdich

INVERNESS: Bracadale

mountain; mountains; mountaineering

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

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An offical postcard from the Scottish Youth Hostel Association, showing the SYHA hostel at Glen Brittle, near Carbost on the Isle of Skye. The Hostel is still in existence today. Sgurr na Banachdich, seen in the background, is a Munro with an elevation of 965 metres. It is part of the Black Cuillin ridge.<br /> <br /> The Cuillin are a range of mountains located in the Isle of Skye, comprising the rocky, jagged Black Cuillin ridge and the lower Red Hills (sometimes known as the Red Cuillin). The Black Cuillin features twelve Munros (a Scottish mountain with a height of over 910 metres), and the range provides some of the best, and most challenging, climbing in the UK. <br /> <br /> Until the 19th century, however, the Cuillin were regarded as unclimbable. The first recorded ascent of a Cuillin peak was in 1836, when the scientist James Forbes and local forester Duncan MacIntyre, successfully climbed Sgurr nan Gillean by its south-east ridge. Sgurr na Banachdich was first climbed in 1873 by Skye-born Sheriff Alexander Nicolson. In the same year he also made the first ascents of Sgurr Dearg and the highest peak of the Cuillin, Sgurr Alasdair, which was later named after Nicolson. <br /> <br /> The range has also made headlines in more recent times, when John MacLeod of MacLeod put the Black Cuillin on the market for £10 million in 2000, in order to fund repairs of his Clan seat, Dunvegan Castle. In 2003, after enormous public outcry, MacLeod agreed to gift the mountains to the nation on the condition that a charitable trust renovated his castle. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>