Park in the car park on the west side of the Abhain Coire Mhic Nobuil, about three kilometres west of Torridon village. Have a look at the river from the bridge- there are some attractive waterfalls here- before taking the path up the west side of the stream (not the much larger path on the east side). The path soon crosses the deer fence at a stile, continuing up the moor to reach the stream issuing from the deep scoop of Coir nan Laogh. Continue up the path into the corrie.
Head down the narrow north ridge of Tom na Gruagaich, which is steep and rocky in places, though in good weather the way is very obvious. From the col, climb up over a minor top; beyond this the ridge levels off briefly before beginning the final steep climb up to Sgurr Mhor. Shortly before reaching the summit, the ridge is split by the Eag Dubh or Black Cleft, a tremendously dramatic gully on the southeast side. This looks impassable from many angles but in fact it is easily bypassed on the left side. Beyond, the second and highest of Beinn Alligin's two Munro summits, Sgurr Mhor at 986 metres, is easily reached. This is an even better viewpoint, with Baosbheinn looking fabulous across Loch a Bhealaich to the north; but the pick of the view is that of the incredibly steep peak of Beinn Dearg with the Horns of Alligin as a foreground. If you don't like scrambling or if the weather is poor, you can return from here back the way you came; taking this option would reduce the difficulty of the walk to Grade 4.
Descent the ridge that dips steeply towards the first of the Horns. The three Horns of Alligin, Na Rathanan in Gaelic, are a landmark from many points miles around, and together with the steep domed top of Sgurr Mhor make Beinn Alligin easy to identify in distant views. There is a faint path which traverses the very steep grass slopes to the right of the Horns, but this can be very slippery and is probably more dangerous than climbing the Horns themselves. Instead follow the path which winds up the first Horn, with some simple but airy scrambling. The second Horn is fairly straightforward, whilst on the final Horn it is necessary to traverse to the right when meeting a steep section, and then getting back to the ridge via a short chimney.
The descent down the southeast ridge from the third Horn would probably be very tricky with sandstone terraces hidden from above if it wasn't for a clear path which ingeniously avoids any real difficulties - but it is still very steep going requiring care. There are superb views looking to the hidden side of Liathach. From the foot of the ridge keep heading down towards the Allt a Bhealaich, soon another path joins from the left at a cairn.
The path leads on down to reach a footbridge and then crosses this before descending the east bank, passing some waterfalls, before crossing the Abhainn Coire Mhic Nobuil on another footbridge. Continue on the excellent path down the east bank, which returns to the car park.
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Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.