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Sgurr Alasdair and the Coolin Ridge from Glen Brittle, Skye
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_2622
PLACENAME
Glenbrittle
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Bracadale
PERIOD
1930s; 1940s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
34526
KEYWORDS
mountains
climbing
Sgurr Alasdair and the Coolin Ridge from Glen Brittle, Skye

Glenbrittle campsite is a favourite starting point for walkers and climbers aiming to access the Cuillin hills on Skye. The highest peak in the Cuillin, Sgurr Alasdair (992m, 3255 ft) 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. Sheriff Alexander Nicolson, a highly regarded Skyeman, made the first ascent in 1873, and the peak was subsequently named after him. Sgurr Mhic Choinnich lies on the extreme left of this image, with Sgurr Sgumain (947m, 3106 ft) slightly in front of Sgurr Alasdair

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Sgurr Alasdair and the Coolin Ridge from Glen Brittle, Skye

INVERNESS: Bracadale

1930s; 1940s

mountains; climbing

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

Glenbrittle campsite is a favourite starting point for walkers and climbers aiming to access the Cuillin hills on Skye. The highest peak in the Cuillin, Sgurr Alasdair (992m, 3255 ft) 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. Sheriff Alexander Nicolson, a highly regarded Skyeman, made the first ascent in 1873, and the peak was subsequently named after him. Sgurr Mhic Choinnich lies on the extreme left of this image, with Sgurr Sgumain (947m, 3106 ft) slightly in front of Sgurr Alasdair