Sgorr na Ciche (pronounced: skor na keecha) sits prominently above Glencoe village at the northern most end of the Glencoe range. This small, in terms of its larger neighbours, but challenging peak is more commonly reffered to as 'The Pap of Glencoe'. The translation of its Gaelic name into English is 'Peak of the Breast' and its easy to see from almost every angle why the Gaels named it so.
Sgorr na Ciche can be climbed either on its own or as an extension of the Aonach Eagach ridge.
Sitting at a height of 742 meters, Sgorr na Ciche can be easily summited in around 2 hours, but has a steep and unrelenting ascent for the majority of the climb. The start of the route can be found around 500 meters east of Glencoe Village, on the road that runs to the north of the River Coe. Ample parking spots are available on the forestry track, just off the main road. The route is well sign posted and will take you up the steep south eastern slopes to the bealach between Sgorr na Ciche and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. From the bealach, head north east until the path leads you round the northern flanks of the hill, with some minor scrambling to achieve the summit. The views from the summit on a clear day are tremendous. To the south, Bidean nam Bian and Sgor na h-Ulaidh can be seen, Loch Leven to the east and the peaks of Beinn a'Bheithir and over to the Mamores and the Nevis Range in the north. A detailed route of ascent can be found here.
For arriving in Scotland and making your way to Sgurr na Ciche in Glencoe, the best airports to arrive in are;
From Glasgow take the A82 road via Loch Lomond northbound direct to Glencoe.
From Inverness take the A82 southbound via Fort William direct to Glencoe.
From Edinburgh take the M9 to Stirling, then take the A84 Callander road, becoming the A85 until merging with the A82 northbound road at Crianlarich then on to Glencoe.
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There is no red tape in Scotland due to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 which incorporated the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. This code, which commenced on the 9th of February 2005, has established statutory rights of access to land and inland water for outdoor recreation.
The following aspects should be taken into consideration when you are in the Scottish countryside;
The best place to base yourself for climbing Sgorr na Ciche is in or around the Glencoe area. Below is a selection of available accommodation;
Lodges & B&B's
Hostels & Campsites
Wild camping is totally legal in Scotland and can be done in various locations in Glencoe. This is due to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 that was mentioned earlier. Here are some of the basic rules that should be adopted when wild camping;
The weather conditions in Glencoe can alter rapidly and you should ensure you are fully prepared for all weather eventualities. The following websites will provide invaluable information on the expected conditions for your planned trip;
As stated, the peaks in the Glencoe region sit close to the west coast of Scotland. This can have a strong affect on the conditions on the mountains and it is a regular occurrence for Glencoe to experience its very own weather system and for it to totally differ to the weather in the nearby towns and villages. More detail can be found on the reasons for this occurrence on Proterra's article: Mountain meteorology of Scotland.
Central Highlands by Peter Hodgkiss
The Corbetts and Other Scottish Hills by Rob Milne & Hamish Brown
Hostile Habitats by Mark Wrightham & Nick Kempe
Scottish Hill Names by Peter Drummond
Ben Nevis & Glencoe by Ronald Turnbull