I had an entertaining hour or so playing around on the South Ridge of Sgor Chaonasaid, Ben Loyal on Sunday 9th October, a breezy overcast autumn day when I didn’t want to travel too far and the bigger hills probably wouldn’t have been too much fun. The ridge is a grade 2 scramble according to the SMC’s Highland Scrambles North and provides some fine scrambling along syenite (similar to granite) tors on the summit plateau of Ben Loyal. A map and several photos illustrating the route follow:
The gap requires an approximately 2 metre jump, slightly downhill. It should provide an adrenalin rush!
A little beyond the gap a descent westwards is required at the end of the first tor before further tors provide some good scrambling.
Jason Bonniface 01/11/2011