Strath Mor and Strath Beag

Key information: Strath Mor and Strath Beag

  • A pair of magnificent glens in the Red Cuillin: classic Scottish landscape.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating89
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest15.5
  • Human interest10
  • Charisma31.5
  • Negative points1
  • Total rating89
  • Note: Negs:. Frequent bad weather

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 17.5km
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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WALK SUMMARY

Towards the east end of Skye, two magnificent glens link the north and south coasts, both running through the heart of the Red Cuillin from the head of the southerly Loch Slapin, which Walkopedia thought one of the most beautiful places it has been on the particular day we were there.

These glens have to be some of Skye's most beautiful landscapes, absolutely classic wild Scottish glens, although they are interestingly different. Western Strath Mor is (relatively) wide and flat-bottomed for much of its way, with stunning conical peaks and airy ridges above. The return journey along Strath Beag is higher, with a narrower, more boxed-in feel, with the great slopes and cliffs of Beinn Dearg Mhor dominating to the east.

You can make a wonderful circuit of these glens, typically starting from the Elgol road at the head of Loch Slapin.

This is a longer walk (17.5km), but not especially difficult in drier weather. Yes another walk Walkopedia did not have time for, and regrets missing. Must get back!

For more information and photos, including detailed practical information, see our Isle of Skye walk page.

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