Stac Pollaidh Mountain

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Melsy1
Ipswich, UK3,654 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Small car park with the trail starting just across the road. Through an area lined with bushes and stones which can be a bit slippy even with proper hiking shoes.
The pathways are well marked to follow as you see the mountain in front of you. There's a little bit of scrambling if you climb to the lowest eastern peak. The views are stunning,  a few more annoying midges along the way and at the top. (Early September) I had to resort to the midge headnet towards the end as stopping to let people pass in the narrow pathways they were invading my face.
The walk up was quite hard work in places but totally worth it. We took the path to the left on the way down which was less busy which essentially means you walk a full circle around the mountain. A fantastic walk and certainly recommend it. We stopped at the top for a bit and also to take a few photos and spent just over 3 1/2 hours in the area.
Just looking at the mountain itself from the bottom its beautiful a very distinct shape.
Written 17 October 2021
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Mr&MrsAdventure
Huntingdon, UK172 contributions
Jul 2021
Watched from the car park as the clouds blew away and this amazing mountain came into full view. Later one we saw it again from the main road a beautiful sight.
Written 19 July 2021
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Stuff Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK143 contributions
Jun 2021
First and foremost, the Assynt area of Scotland is just stunning. If you're lucky enough to get a fairly clear day, you'll be awed at the views all the way up Stac Pollaidh.

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It's good for beginners - it's only 612m at the east summit, which is easy for the fit and still not out of the question for the less fit.

You don't have to go all the way to the top - unlike any Scottish mountain I've been to before, you can choose not to go to the top here and you'll still get fantastic views! There's a circuit around the whole mountain from about the 45 minute (if you're reasonably fit) mark. From this point, the path splits to the left and goes steeply up, or you can just continue to the right, and all the way around. You still get the same views, just not as high up and not all at the same time like you do on the top.

Don't attempt the west summit if you're inexperienced - when you get to the top, the west summit is to the right. You can go explore over that way still, but you'll likely soon get to a point where going any further will scare the bejeebus out of you. Stick to the east summit.

For the experienced, the west summit is still a lot of fun - again, it's not a huge mountain and you'll be up the top in no time, but there's a fair bit of hairy scrambling to get to the west summit. At one point I almost gave up when faced with a scary pass to get across, so to make it there in the end felt like a bit of an achievement.

How long will it take - depending on your fitness, you could do the circuit in 2-3 hours. If you're going up top to do the east summit and then finish with the circuit, it will be 3-4 hours, again depending on fitness. If you do everything - the west, east and the circuit - it will be 4-5 hours.

Be Prepared for the weather - even though this would have to be the most straight forward path I've ever seen on a Scottish mountain, you still have to respect the weather/ nature gods. Make sure you are prepared if the weather suddenly changes for the worse, wear good shoes and bring water and snacks

The views are out of this world - it's hard to get great weather in Scotland's north-west, but if you're lucky and the rain and clouds stay away, this will no doubt end up being one of your all time favourite Scottish vistas. it's awe inspiringly beautiful.
Written 29 June 2021
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Bluelilac888
8 contributions
Jun 2021
A good three hour walk up and down, but we’ll worth it. Views extend for miles. Need sturdy shoes and plenty of water.
Written 15 June 2021
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Carla Vee
Aberdeen, UK72 contributions
May 2021
Fantastic views from the "summit ridge" on a clear day, actually great views the whole way around.
It was a bit of a trek - even the "circuit" walk without going up the extra path to the ridge was quite steep - tiring for me as a novice hillwalker, and definitely not a leisurely stroll (other fitter people coped better I'm sure!)
Going at my slow pace, with frequent stops for bird-watching, thermos-sipping and breath-catching, the whole thing took us around 3 hours. Not an easy walk but satisfying and worthwhile.

We visited on a dry but windy day, and were lucky enough to see a few bird species around - pipits, wheatears and stonechats - would recommend taking binoculars if you're into that sort of thing.

Also watch your footing coming down from the steeper paths - we came across a man who had likely broken his ankle and was waiting for mountain rescue. On our way back we saw the rescue team setting up in the car park - all ended well, but he would have spent a chilly few hours on the hillside until they got to him!
Written 23 May 2021
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Scotlandmac
Glasgow, UK10,648 contributions
May 2021
Fantastic hike on a first class path, like a stone staircase the higher you go.The views all around and from the off are stunning and only get better. We were about an hour to the top - 3.5 hours all in as we spent so long just enjoying the views and enjoying a high level lunch.
It's a steady climb up the moorland, the path meandering ever higher until the last 10 mins or so of steeper steps up onto the ridge itself.This was a lot narrower than I expected but do-able even with my tendency towards vertigo on edges and ledges! Plenty of safe spots to sit and have lunch and watch a few braver souls venturing out onto rock crops with dizzying views above the 600m (2,000 feet) drop to the car park below.
Neither of us fancied scrambling up the sandstone pancake rocks at either end of the ridge (which is very short too as well as narrow).The main summit is a tricky scramble and there have been fatalities in the past.
But really, the views are outstanding. We had a day of high winds and hail showers which gave dramatic light over Suilven, Cul Mor, Quinag and Ben Mor Coigach.
That said, very similar views can be had from just doing the circuit path because it takes you so high anyway. It is very safe all the way and makes for a great high level walk in itself without doing the short spur onto the ridge.
One of the best small mountains to do anywhere in the world, not just Scotland. Amazing Assynt all around.
But in peak season get there early (or late in the day) as the small car park fills up quickly and parking elsewhere is nigh on impossible.
Written 9 May 2021
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Caroline K
London, UK299 contributions
Aug 2020
This hike was exhausting as it sounds like it's just a 'short afternoon hike' but it's very steep. Worth it for the views
Written 17 December 2020
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alanaway2016
Evesham, UK262 contributions
Sep 2020
The car park is only small and gets full quickly, there is additional parking further on off the road, a short walk back to the start. The path is clear and well maintained. it is a steady climb until the last 500 m when it is a scramble well worth it for the views from the top. Take the other path down as it is less steep and not so busy but is longer.
Written 25 September 2020
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Sam375
Glasgow, UK52 contributions
Sep 2020
A relatively easy and short asent with well positioned stone steps in many parts. A very well maintained path. Something of a hidden gem that one wants to selfishly keep for onesself but really ought to be experienced by the many. Breathtaking can be an overused word to describe Scottish scenery. This climb and summit is exponentially more than that.
Written 16 September 2020
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FairCityFrasie
Perth, UK2,091 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Well marked paths lead up from the numerous parking places and encircle the mountain. The final ascent to the saddle top is quite steep and rocky with moderate scrambling required - well worth the exertion as the views from the top are sensational E, W, N and S. The east peak is okay but I'd suggest not attempting the west peak unless you are an experienced climber - the drops are big and sheer if you lose your footing. Only takes a couple of hours to get to the top and do the circular route.
Written 13 September 2020
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