Mountain in Wester Ross
One of the most popular hills in Scotland to climb, due to its relative ease and spectacular location, the steep slopes of Stac Pollaidh rise from the roadside towards impressive pinnacles. The peak has a rocky crest of Torridonian sandstone, with many pinnacles and steep gullies. These were formed when the ridge was exposed to weathering above the ice sheet during the last Ice Age, while the ice flow carved and scoured the smooth sides of the mountain. There is a circular route which will take you around the base of the pinnacles, with an optional ascent up to the ridge from where there are breath-taking views over Assynt to the north and Achiltibuie and the Summer Isles to the south. Although steep, the hill is actually relatively simple to climb, thanks to the well-made, pitched path. Allow 2- 3 hours for the complete circuit. You will need good footwear and warm and waterproof clothing as the weather can change quickly.