Marsco from Sligachan
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Marsco is the finest of the Red Hills and is well seen from Sligachan. Despite not even being high enough for Corbett status, the summit is a fantastic viewpoint with swathes of blue sea and jagged mountains all around.
An initially good path up Glen Sligachan is followed by a boggy one up to the bealach. The climb above is mostly on steep grass slopes with less scree than the other Red Hills; however the final slope up to the ridge is on very steep grass so care is needed, especially in wet weather. The ridge narrows to the summit but there are no difficulties.
Buses from Portree, Broadford and Kyleakin - get off at Sligachan Hotel.
Lay-by on east side of river at Sligachan.
Hillwalking in Winter
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