Coire Lagan

Coire Lagan

The hike up from Glen Brittle beach to the lochan in Coire Lagan is easily the best way to get up close with the Cuillin, while keeping to a relatively easy and straightforward route. It is a round trip of about 7 km with a steady ascent of some 600 m (2,000 ft). The scenery surrounding you in the glacier-carved bowl of the coire is wonderful, with jagged peaks rising all about, steep scree runs falling from the Cuillin Ridge, and the most beautiful lochan nestling in the midst of it all.

 The direct route of this very popular hike begins from the car park at the far end of the Glen Brittle road, at NG409206. From there, continue on foot along the road through the campsite and take the path that goes left of, and close to, the toilet block. Then follow the broad path that climbs directly ahead of you towards the mountains. The path is well constructed and easy to follow, with no difficulties at all, until a gully is reached after about 3 km. It can be by-passed to the left, but the direct scramble up it is easier than it looks.

Looking down on Coire LaganLooking down on Coire Lagan from the Great Stone Chute

Once beyond the gully, a short, steep pull takes you up and over the glaciated rim of the coire, and the lochan is at your feet. Climbing higher than here is moving well beyond my definition of a 'moderate' hike - but you may well be content so stay by the edge of the water and soak up the atmosphere of the Cuillin.

There are few better places to sit and enjoy a sandwich.