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Name:Sgurr na h-Iolaire
Hill number:1289
Height:292m / 958ft
RHB Section:17C: South-East Skye and Scalpay
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Island:Skye
Maritime area:Skye & surrounding islands
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,2,Y)
Grid ref:NG 61716 09051
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:179m
Col:113m  NG653114  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 32
(1:25k) 412
Observations:rock 115m W at NG 61601 09034 may be as high
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 98 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
As others, from the outlet of Loch Dhughail. The swamps of Sgurr nan Caorach had already filled my boots, so wading across the outlet weir was of little consequence. Reasonable 'path' around W shoreline, then rough ground to top. A good path cuts up L below the final band of rock steps. I noticed an irregular shaped black object on the ground, next to the trig point - it was my shadow! - I hadn't seen him for 38 days - and then he was gone, as quickly as he had appeared. The nights start drawing in after tomorrow - ah well, maybe 2020 will have some sunshine....Isbjorn20/06/2019
A great hill and an easy walk from the W end of Loch Dhugaill. Good deer tracks to the fence, step over, then more tracks allow a contour below pt 224m, then a clear deer track can be seen heading up onto the NW ridge emerging at a notch in the ridge. Steep easy ground to the summit plateau, with a potential competitor summit, then over bumps to the trig. Great views.Gill23/05/2019
From west end of loch, parking for 2 or 3. Tough terrain as usual. High cloud, Cuillins partly in cloud, mainland completely clear.iangalbraith26/04/2019
From west end of loch. 40 minutes to top.willyross18/10/2018
From the weir at the west side of Loch Dhughaill. Easy parking there. 60 minute solo return. Steep slopes on south side so I descended SE. Breezy but the rain kept off.bolton29/09/2018
3 of 5: From Loch Dughaill weir.ChrisR25/08/2018
Past the east end of the loch, easy ascent. Fine views all round.Jon F22/05/2018
with Beth & LunaBigNick01/05/2017
Only a trickle over the outflow today so went up from there by a fairly direct route.Chris Peart16/10/2016
From west end of Loch Dhughaill, outflow just about fordable. Up via loch side and steep south face, down by easier and higher route to the west.Topographer5725/05/2016
River at outlet from loch in spate and didn't want to chance a crossing at the iron rails. Drove uphill to the east found a parking area and descended to the east side of the loch, crossed barbed wire fence and managed to jump over the inlet river (which itself was fast flowing) before then nipping up to the summit using a couple of grassy gulleys. Rained all the way up but didn't rain during the descent.assynt_bob27/03/2016
MC. Climbed from the reservoir outlet which itself was in spate. Very wet underfoot. A gentle 30 min ascent. Sun with intermittent hail showers. Great views to the Cuillin - very white.Martin6617/02/2016
From the west side of the loch. A few lines through the heather helped at first, but generally quite rough.jenx14/02/2016
From W L Dhuighail. Cross the sluice then round and upThearlaichdubh17/08/2015
From W end of Loch Dhughaill - good parkingjimbloomer07/05/2015
from west side of loch dhughaill.robertphillips24/04/2015
Along west side of loch and up to summitAndrewFinnimore12/05/2014
Start: Shore Cottage, Ord. Notes: ascended via series of rocky tops to north and east of summit. Descended to Tokavaig and returned to Ord along roadraffemeister05/05/2013
With Mora, from West end of Loch DhughaillBLACKHILL30/04/2013
Galltywenallt30/12/2012
Beside road a little west of Loch Dhùghail. Space by outflow of loch occupied. Round shore of loch and then round NW end of cliffs to summit of Sgùrr na h-Iolaire where there is a trig point. Passed a point ~100m W that might be higher. On descent found a way down the cliffs without going much NW as on ascent.pwbellarby15/07/2012
watershed walk with dog Ben-Ji from Sound of Sleite over Sgurr nan Caorach and Sgurr na h-Iolairevegibagger18/03/2012
Outflow from Dougal's loch was in spate so had to shuffle across the iron railings over the weir. Then it was quite straightforward. And, hey, actually got a view for once. For a short while.Martin R09/03/2012
Trig revisit. Grassy rushy summit. Highest point apparently 100m W of trig. From SSW, easiest start is a paddle across a weir. Boggy tussocky initially but OK ascent; the grassy break in the crags is easy.RHW12/09/2009
Over water outflow of Loch Dhugail with 3' step over channel. Swift progress following hills around to west of loch over 5 or 6 hillocks on way round and a final clamber up a rocky barrier and steep heather slopes to whitewashed column 9693 at 15.10. Barra, South Uist, Cuillin, Blaven, G-Bheinn, Red Cuillin, Sgritheal, Loch Hourn, Ladhar Bheinn, Knoydart, Loch Nevis, Mallaig, B More, Eigg, Rum and Canna. Stupendous.arranc15/05/2007
A boggy walk up from the dam at Loch Dhughaill, in heavy drizzle.garyhoney20/06/2006
Up and down from road summit to Se.Eddie12/04/2003
Date is first visit. Notes from later...interesting but wet ascent, decent summit. E side Loch Dhughaill RHW06/06/1999
Parked at Loch Dhughaill and followed sheep tracks up to the trig point at the summit.ChinnockC25/05/1999
phil10119/06/2019
GaryJones17/05/2019
lindaross18/10/2018
Kevin2903522/09/2018
iainwalton24/08/2018
govanah24/05/2018
eilidh14/03/2018
Ultima Thule28/05/2017
SteveSmith12/05/2017
eddieh21/10/2016
Martyn108/06/2016
Glenysj2108/06/2016
nordicstar14/02/2016
grumpy01/11/2015
Tricky31/05/2015
PGCE16/10/2014
Archie28/05/2014
KathW28/05/2014
RichardM25/11/2013
Denise 25/11/2013
AndyS26/05/2013