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TITLE
Sgurr Alasdair from Coire Lagan, Skye
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_2524
PLACENAME
Glen Brittle
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Bracadale
PERIOD
1930s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co.
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
34431
KEYWORDS
mountains
climbing
Sgurr Alasdair from Coire Lagan, Skye

Sgurr Alasdair (992m, 3255 ft.) is not located on the main Cuillin ridge, but is one of three peaks to one side running south-west, regarded as the finest rock climbing in the Cuillin. Sheriff Alexander Nicolson, a highly regarded Skye man, made the first ascent in 1873, and the peak was subsequently named after him. The highest peak in the Cuillin, Sgurr Alasdair provides stunning views of the rest of the Cuillin as well as out to sea to the south and west, with the Inner and Outer Hebrides visible on a clear day. The most popular route up Sgurr Alasdair is from Glen Brittle, through Coire Lagan to the Great Stone Chute, a fan-shaped steep slope of scree requiring dogged determination to reach the top and the final assault on the summit.

The writer sent this card from "Campbell's" hotel, situated at the old pier in Broadford, in July 1939, and says "we hope to do some scrambling about in the Coolins"

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Sgurr Alasdair from Coire Lagan, Skye

INVERNESS: Bracadale

1930s

mountains; climbing

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

Sgurr Alasdair (992m, 3255 ft.) is not located on the main Cuillin ridge, but is one of three peaks to one side running south-west, regarded as the finest rock climbing in the Cuillin. Sheriff Alexander Nicolson, a highly regarded Skye man, made the first ascent in 1873, and the peak was subsequently named after him. The highest peak in the Cuillin, Sgurr Alasdair provides stunning views of the rest of the Cuillin as well as out to sea to the south and west, with the Inner and Outer Hebrides visible on a clear day. The most popular route up Sgurr Alasdair is from Glen Brittle, through Coire Lagan to the Great Stone Chute, a fan-shaped steep slope of scree requiring dogged determination to reach the top and the final assault on the summit.<br /> <br /> The writer sent this card from "Campbell's" hotel, situated at the old pier in Broadford, in July 1939, and says "we hope to do some scrambling about in the Coolins"