Sgurr na Stri – a great hill walking route in south Skye

The routes into Camasunary and exploring the nearby peak of Sgurr na Stri are some of our favourite hill walking routes in this part of Skye.  There’s plenty of wildlife interest, stunning views of the Cuillins and big horizon seascapes out to the west.

Cuillins from Am Mam

From Elgol pick up the cliff path just over the hill behind Springbank, our self catering holiday cottage, and follow the coast to Glen Scaladal.  Pick your way carefully along the narrow bits which can be slippy in places.  The shore either side of the Glen are great for fossil hunting.  Out of the Glen follow the path above the shore until to you reach the wide bay of Camasunary.

An alternative route which misses out the cliff path starts from the car park on the Broadford to Elgol road at Strathaird.  There’s a good track all the way up the hill and down into Camasunary.

The bay offers great bird watching opportunities with divers often present.  The river is home to dipper and common sandpipers are regularly seen.  The glen behind Camasunary has greenshank and golden eagles frequent the tops and glens.

Walk along the beach and past the old bothy is the Camasunary river which has to be crossed at some point if you want to continue up the flanks of Sgurr na Stri.  The river can be high and very difficult to cross, especially at high tide and after rain.  Its gets shallower further upstream.

Once across the river the  direct route up the front of Sgurr na Stri is a scrambling route only for experienced scramblers.  The walking route follows the stream that flows from the right hand side of hill as you look at it.  Pick a line up onto the ridge in front of you and then turn left towards the summit from where there are brilliant views of the hills, nearby islands and down into Loch Coruisk.

If you don’t like the look of the river crossing then carry on your walk on the near bank and follow the river up to the loch.  There’s usually plenty of water cascading over the rocks in this section and it is a great place to see dippers plunging into the water to feed.  At the loch side enjoy the view up the glen towards Sligachan with Marsco on the right.  Pick a line across the lower ground towards the slopes of Blaven and take up a good path until it links back up to the Strathaird track.  If you came along the shore from Elgol then take the path from the loch towards the house on the beach and pick it up there.

Sandy bay at Camasunary

Sandy bay at Camasunary

As always when going out onto the hills, plan your day and ensure that everyone in your party is properly equipped to deal with tough terrain.  Check the weather forecast to ensure that the conditions are favourable for what you have planned.

At Springbank Cottage we provide maps, guides, and suggestions as to where to go and what to do when staying on Skye to help you get the most out of you time on Skye.