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coruisk to sligachan

coruisk to sligachan

Postby harrgate » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:02 pm

hi, im new to the forum,can anyone tell me how walkable is the way to sligachan from coruisk, I will be visiting Skye soon and would like to take the boat from elgol and then walk from coruisk to marsco and finish at sligachan. :)
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Re: coruisk to sligachan

Postby Mal Grey » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:13 pm

Its wild country but there is a path. Did it the other way round for a failed attempt on the Cuillin Ridge. Parts are boggy if I remember correctly, but nothing too bad. No scrambling required.
A diversion onto Sgurr na Stri would be an alternative to Marsco, and if the weather is good, you'll get to see one of the most spectacular mountain views in Britain.
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Re: coruisk to sligachan

Postby gaffr » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:39 am

There is a fair amount of recent 'back posts' around here on this type of walking.
My new wee map companion on this area is the Harvey Superwalker map... two scales ...one on each side. This will show your intended connection to the path to Sligachan using the Druim Hain up from Coruisk as a variant on the Skye Trail. The maps also give a load of extra information useful to the Cuillin wanderer.
The time that I used this track was in reverse to get from Sligachan to the Coruisk hut above probably where the Boat will drop you off on the wee inlet of Loch Scavaig.
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Re: coruisk to sligachan

Postby Caberfeidh » Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:38 am

I have walked that glen both ways in sun and rain. The rain is a big problem, as all the wee burns coming down the hillsides swell until they are raging floods. I could hear boulders knocking together as they were bowled down the water courses. Any attempt to wade would be deadly, so you have to climb away up the hill until the flood is narrow enough to cross by jumping. Once is enough but when faced with that for every stream all the way, just forget it. If the weather turns very wet and you need to escape there is a way out over the hill from Camasunary to Kilmarie then hitch along the road. However, given good weather and fine walking conditions underfoot, you can have an excellent day's hike with a pint of foaming ale waiting for you at the Sligachan Hotel. Look out for dolphins, seals, whales, deer, eagles, buzzards, otters, etc. One psychological torture was the sight of the hotel in the distance, but it never seemed to get any nearer.

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Cuillin from Elgol

Loch Coruisk

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Glen Sligachan

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Swollen stream, Skye.

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Waterfalls being blown upwards, Skye.
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Re: coruisk to sligachan

Postby Holly » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:21 am

I walked from Sligachan into Loch Coruisk, went back out the following day and camped overnight near the Loch. I also did Sgurr na Stri while I was there which is a cracking hill and as good as any Munro. The weather was fab and the views, stunning. There is also a wee detour to Captain Mayon's cairn (you can read about this if you google it). You need to keep your eye open for it and its not on a 1:50 map. It is on the 1:25.
There are paths the entire way other than a wee bit coming off Sgurr na stri and as others have said, as long as there hasn't been a deluge of rain then it should be fine enough.
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Re: coruisk to sligachan

Postby harrgate » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:06 am

thanks to all who replied,much encouraged :D
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