Stac Pollaidh Mountain, Ullapool

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Mountain · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Stac Pollaidh is a mountain in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. The peak displays a rocky crest of Torridonian sandstone, with many pinnacles and steep gullies. The ridge was exposed to weathering as a nunatak above the ice sheet during the last Ice Age, while the ice flow carved and scoured the smooth sides of the mountain.The modern Gaelic name is a recent invention. The peak is named on the first edition Ordnance Survey maps simply as "An Stac" (the pinnacle) and on later maps as "Stac Polly". The "Polly" element is of Norse origin, derived from "PollÄ" meaning "pool river". Due to its relatively low height of just over 2000 feet, fine views and ease of access from a road it has become a very popular peak to climb. It also provides some fine scrambling in the traverse of the summit ridge, including one bad step near the final summit. Consequentially it has suffered from a great deal of erosion, leading to Scottish Natural Heritage constructing a large path.AscentStac Pollaidh can be climbed in less than 3 hours by any relatively fit person. From the car park on the shore of Loch Lurgainn the path leads directly up, under the spires of the crest. About 200 m from the road the path splits; one may choose either since both meet up on the far side of the hill, from where it is only a short distance to the summit ridge.
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  • 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.  more »
  • 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. Tips... It's good for...  more »
  • Cracking half day adventure with amazing views. Short exposured scramble required for the true summit. See my WalkWithWallace YouTube channel for the film.
  • Fantastic hill nice and easy, but can also be turned into a technical scramble if you are ambitious. Some times you will struggle to find parking if you're climbing it later in the day.

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