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Trail: Beinn Alligin (0)
Contributor: markroberts Activity Type: Trail Running Difficulty: Hard Distance: 6.208 mi (9.991 km)
Description: The mountains of Torridon - colossal monuments to our glacial past - thrust out of the surrounding muir like the fevered imaginations of a fantasy novel. Benn Alligin, (which translates to Mountain of Beauty), is arguably the jewel in Torridon's crown, despite a vaguely threatening appearance. The faint path climbs steadily to the west of the stream, rounding the massif's southern spur. It's an attritional climb up the deep corrie, eased by the switchback snake of newly-installed pavers. The view from the summit of Tom na Grugaich is truly awesome: the bread-knife arĂȘte of Liathach, the hulking triple buttress of Beinn Eighe and the distant volcanic spine of Skye's Cuillin. Ahead lies the ominously-titled Black Cleft, Sgurr Mhor summit and the Horns of Alligin - it's as if Tolkien had named the landscape. The traverse over the Horns definitely strays into sky running territory with airy scrambling and a short chimney to squeeze up. Drop down a series of stone terraces, following the stream to the start.
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