Beinn Alligin is one of the greats of Scottish Mountaineering. It has everything you could possibly want from a climb and more. Beinn Alligin takes in 2 Munro peaks Sgurr Mhor and Tom na Gruagaich connected by a long curved ridge enclosing the large corrie Toll a Mhadaidh Mor. Sgurr Mhor sits at the northern end of the ridge and Tom na Gruagaich in the south. A subsidiary peak called Na Rathanan lies to the east of Sgurr Mhor affectionately known as the “Horns of Alligin” this is a fine site and also makes a fantastic vantage point in which to view the southern face of Sgurr Mhor. The peaks are decorated with serious crags in all directions. The traverse between the two Munros is airy and a head for heights is a must however it is the horns where the exposure is felt most.
Tom na Gruagaich’s best feature is it's east face. It is made up of terraced layers of red sandstone and is a formidable sight from any angle. A deep corrie Corrie nan Laogh also bites deep into it's southern face.
The walk is normally done south to north starting with Tom na Gruagaich, ascending it via the eastern rim of Coire nan Laogh this is fairly accessible with moderate scrambling. In summer conditions the rest of the walk is moderate but the winter can wreek havoc with these steep sided hills, in these conditions winter climbing equipment will be needed as will be the knowledge of how to use them.
Beinn Alligin is a superb mountain and a firm favourite with walkers and climbers alike. It is hills like this that will bring you back to Torridon time and time again.