Am Basteir

Click to Install our FREE APP

Download our route guides and use offline with free GPS mapping

Hear pronunciation Press to hear pronunciation

Am Basteir ('The Executioner') is a spectacular peak at the back of Coire Basteir, in the centre of the famous view from Sligachan, accompanied by the jagged Basteir Tooth. The ascent of the ridge is an airy scramble with a notorious 'bad step' - but the whole walk is through stunning surroundings.


The ascent of Am Basteir is an exposed scramble; the direct descent of the Bad Step is a Severe rock-climb, avoiding which requires difficult route-finding on dangerous ground. The remainder of the walk is easier but still gives rugged going and steep scree slopes.

Public Transport

Buses from Portree, Broadford and Kyleakin - get off at Sligachan Hotel.


Lay-by at Sligachan on the Dunvegan road. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

Users' reports

Read about the experiences of our users on this route.
There are 12 reports from this walk - click to read them.

Write your own walk report on Walkhighlands to share your experience. £150 of gear to be won from Highlander for the best reports each month.
Add this walk to your wishlist.

  • Currently 3.50/510

User Rating
Log in to vote
Grade (key)

bog factorbog factor
Bog Factor (key)