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Minginish and the Cuillin Hills Area   Skye Subarea
Place count in area: 74,  
Highest place: Sgurr Alasdair, 992m
Maximum height for area: 992 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 992 metres,

Places in area Minginish and the Cuillin Hills:
Skye:   Am Basteir 934mAm Mam 407mAn Caisteal 830mAn Coileach 673mAn Cruachan 435mAn Stac 528mArnaval 369mBeinn a'Bhraghad 461mBeinn Bhreac 448mBeinn Dearg Mheadhonach 651mBeinn Dearg Mhor 731mBeinn na Gaoithe 401mBeinn nan Dubh-lochan 253mBeinn Staic 412mBelig 702mBen Meabost 345mBhasteir Tooth [Basteir Tooth] 917.2mBidein Druim nan Ramh 869mBidein Druim nan Ramh North Top 852mBiod Mor 384mBla Bheinn SW Top 926mBla Bheinn [Blabheinn] [Blaven] 929mBruach na Frithe 958mCaisteal a'Garbh-Choire 829.7mCiche na Beinne Deirge 509mClach Glas 786mDruim Eadar Da Choire 489mDruim nan Ramh 500mGarbh-bheinn 808mGars-bheinn 894.2mGlamaig - Sgurr Mhairi 775mGlas Bheinn Mhor 569mKnight's Peak 914.2mMarsco 736mMeall a'Mhaoil 284mNead an Fhior-eoin [An Carnach] 334mRuadh Stac 493mSgurr a'Bhasteir 900.1mSgurr a'Choire Bhig 876.9mSgurr a'Fionn Choire 936mSgurr a'Ghreadaidh 973mSgurr a'Ghreadaidh South Top 970mSgurr a'Mhadaidh 918mSgurr a'Mhadaidh East Top 894mSgurr a'Mhadaidh Far East Top 895.7mSgurr Alasdair 992mSgurr an Fheadain 689.2mSgurr Beag 764mSgurr Dearg - Cairn 978mSgurr Dearg - Inaccessible Pinnacle 986mSgurr Dubh an Da Bheinn [Sgurr Dubh na Da Bheinn] 938mSgurr Dubh Beag 733mSgurr Dubh Mor 944mSgurr Hain 420mSgurr Mhic Choinnich 948mSgurr na Banachdich 965mSgurr na Banachdich Central Top 942mSgurr na h-Uamha 736mSgurr na Stri 495mSgurr nan Each 720mSgurr nan Each East Top 623mSgurr nan Eag 926.2mSgurr nan Gillean 964mSgurr nan Gillean Third Pinnacle 879mSgurr Sgumain 947mSgurr Thearlaich 978mSgurr Thormaid 926mSgurr Thuilm 881mSlat Bheinn 624mStob Coir' a'Ghrunnda 720mStockval 416mThe Prow 739mTruagh Mheall 412m
Soay (Skye):   Beinn Bhreac (Soay) 141m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Sgurr Dearg - Inaccessible Pinnacle Mountain , in British over 600m, British Marilyn, Munro Lists

Height: 986m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 32 Grid Reference: NG44404 21566
Place visited by 28 members. Recently by: maoris, rhw, OutdoorBill, Aongus, Lauranna, annem, nordicstar, Grumbler, Niamhq, bolton12, gerrybowes, bryanjbarry, DeltaP, IainT, Wildcat
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Longitude: -6.234819, Latitude: 57.21327 , Easting: 144404, Northing: 821566 Prominence: 187m,  Isolation: 0km ,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SgrDrg, 10 char: SgrDrgIncs
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Picture: The Pinnacle
In Pinn
by jackill  14 Oct 2013
The Inaccessible Pinnacle in the Black Cuillins.If you spend time in the hills, and I suspect some people who visit MountainViews just might, these names alone must draw you in. I had a day walking on Skye and of all the places I wanted to see this was at the top of the list. I was blessed with the weather, a stiff breeze being the worst thing I encountered, whereas the locals had spoken of rain since the previous Christmas. Starting from Glenbrittle and winding slowly up a grassy slope the first thing that surprised me was a huge crack in the earth with a water fall gushing downwards. Ascending further the grassy terrain gave way to a tortured crucible of rock and a steep rough climb to the ridge of the Black Cuilinns near Scurr Dearg.
During the Paleocene to Early Eocene Skye formed one of the main volcanic centres of the North Atlantic.Due to plate movement this area is now located under Iceland. Lavas from the volcanoes cover most of northern Skye, giving a stepped trap type landscape.The dominant lava type is basalt, part of the magma chambers for the volcanoes are exposed at the surface as major intrusions of gabbro and granite.The Black Cuillins are formed of gabbro, which erodes to form the characteristically jagged outlines.
Turning right on the ridge I made the final steep scree covered climb to Scurr Deargs summit,
Cresting the summit through a narrow rock channel and there it is, the In Pinn. Linkback:
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In the footsteps of John Noakes (but not Shep)...
by Peter Walker  22 Oct 2013
For any MVers interested in the difficulty of an ascent of the In Pinn itself...

First up, it's a magnitude of difficulty harder than any mainland Irish summit, and it's sensible to have rock climbing experience in the party. The easiest way up is the stepped East Ridge (the far side in jackill's excellent pic). This gets a rock climbing grade of Moderate, and could conceivably be done unroped by the very (very) experienced scrambler in good conditions (disclaimer; that's just my opinion!), but they would have to contend with a borderline unjustifiable degree of exposure (the ridge is in places about six inches wide, and has (to quote one Victorian pioneer) 'a bottomless drop on one side, and an even bigger one on the other'). The vast majority will proceed roped.

Because of the huge pendulum potential of a roped fall from the East Ridge, many folk prefer to do the West Ridge instead (the apparently vertical stepped wall facing jackill's camera). This is definitely rock climbing rather than scrambling (although given the lowly grade of Difficult...that said, one leading local guide told me that polish and hold loss probably meant it was Very Difficult these days). The holds are generally good and positive throughout the route; depending on your height the crux will be either the move between two slabs just over halfway up (obvious in the photo, and very easy for those of us who are 6'3 who can reach the good holds and thus don't have to mantleshelf it), or pulling around the shard of rock visible on the left edge of the In Pinn just below those slabs in the pic (when you're tall you are a bit bunched up doing this move, and it's thus quite strenuous).

Descent is by abseil; there's a chain in place (or at least there was!) under the capping Bolster Stone (the bit with the bird perched on it) on the summit. It should be noted that thanks to a lightning strike mangling the previous highpoint, the true summit of the Pinnacle is now the top of the Bolster Stone itself, which adds a stinger of a move to all the other fun and games you need to go through to make an ascent.

If you're not a climber but are brave, enquire locally (or online) about a guided ascent. You'll need about half an hour's worth of courage, and you'll get a lifetime of memories from it. Linkback:
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Above the Clouds!
by Lauranna  31 Aug 2022
The Inaccessible Pinnacle in The Black Cuillin.
This photograph was taken on 10th July, 2022.
Sgùrr Alasdair, the highest summit on the Isle of Skye, is visible in the background. Linkback:
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Above the Clouds!
by Lauranna  31 Aug 2022
The Inaccessible Pinnacle viewed from the summit area of Sgùrr Dearg. The top of the boulder known as The Bolster Stone, perched precariously on its summit, is the highest point of this unique Munro. Linkback:
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Summit of Inaccessible Pinnacle
by Lauranna  31 Aug 2022
Lauranna climbing the Bolster Stone on the summit of the Inaccessible Pinnacle on Sgùrr Dearg. The abseil point is a chain fixed at the base of this great lump of rock. Linkback:
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