Beinn Alligin Inver Alligin Reviews
Fine Torridonian sandstone peaks. Sep 03, 2010
Of the many Torridonian sandstone peaks, the best known are probably Beiin Eighe, Liathch and Beinn Alligin. Strictly speaking these are actually mountain rnages with more than one tp on each counting as Munroes (over 3000 feet).
In some ways Beinn Alligin is almost the poor relation of the three, having neither the obvious ridge of Liathah nor the mas and nature reserve of Beinn Eighe. Yet if you camp where we did at the beginning of the south shore of Upper Loch Torridon (honesty box and nearby tap - dispose of toilet contents yourself) the sight of a great lump with a prominent gash on the far side of the loch will call you very loudly.
The obvious place to start is the car park between Torridon and Inver Alligin, where we were lucky enough to see pine martens. There is a cleaar path at first but this winds away between Liathach and Beinn Dhearg. As you head for the right hand of the top, as you face it, it will be increasingly obvious that a short but stiff ridge walk faces you if you want to traverse the whole thing. This is what are called 'the Horns of Alligin'. They can be avoided but, if you are up to it, they are great fun and the views are great.
The only thing slightly disappointing about Beinn Alligin is the slope to your right as you head towards Loch Torridon. At leat you can et down fairly quickly and easily but it is swampy under foot and not very interesting.
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