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Sail Gharbh (Quinag)


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
808 m (2650 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
146 of 222 Corbetts
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Milk bucket (Rough heel)

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  15   Loch Assynt, Lochinver & Kylesku

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Sail Gharbh is the more northerly and highest of the three corbetts that comprise the magnificent mountain Quinag located in Sutherland.

The main ridge of Quinag runs SSE to NNW, with a Corbett at either end. The W slopes forming a long uninterrupted wall of crags and scree, however the E slopes are dissected by two great corries to form a third ridge (NE) on which is Sail Gharbh the highest peak and the true summit of Quinag.

There are few easy ascents onto Quinag, the SE slopes of Spidean Coinich (Corbett), and at the heads of the two great corries being the most obvious. Other ascents are best left to the more experienced route finders.

Hazards you may encounter on Sail Gharbh include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
Picture Gallery for Sail Gharbh

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Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Hope
by Metcheck
Sail Gharbh Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Sail Gharbh.

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 Routes that include Sail Gharbh
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1232 m 13.66 km 5 hrs Sail Gharbh, Sail Ghorm and Spidean Coinich  This magnificent mountain looks quite intimidating yet it is not a particularly difficult hill as long a as you can tolerate some exposure and don’t mind using your hands occasionally.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Sail Gharbh

 Baggers Gallery for Sail Gharbh

My rucksac, specs and hat on the trig point of Sail Garbh, with myself behind the camera! Note that the trig point is 1m lower than the summit rocks which are shown behind in this photo. How many have bagged this Corbett visiting only the trig point?!!

© David S Brown

Image by David S Brown

Kevin, Ponty and Myself on Summit 03/07/2011

© David Peden

Image by David Peden

On Quinag 23rd May 2008

© Oliver Bartrum

Image by Oliver Bartrum

Me on the summit of Sail Gharbh

© Ivor Mackenzie

Image by Ivor Mackenzie
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John Morrison on 06 Oct 2020

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 Shared Members Track Logs
Spidean Coinich, Sail Ghorm and Sail Gharbh
by David McSporran
Spidean Coinich and Sail Gharbh
by Graham Gaw
Sail Ghorm and Sail Gharbh
by Graham Gaw
Spidean Coinich, Sail Ghorm and Sail Gharbh
by Stevie Yates

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 21 Nov 2009 Quinag. Darran Eccleston Sail Gharbh, Spidean Coinich and Sail Ghorm
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