Am Basteir

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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.

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