Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace

The Ring of Steall is part of the Salomon Skyline Scotland weekend of running. It is a variation of the ridge-walking route of the same name.  It is a mountain race with over 2500m of vertical ascent and has spectacular views of Ben Nevis from the Mamores and includes short sections of easy scrambling.

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Official video of the event

  • The first climb

    Departing Kinlochleven along the West Highland Way, the ascending begins straight way onto Coire na h’Eirghe

  • Getting to the first munro

    The first Munro is Sgurr an lubhair at 1001m tall and the path up is chock full of mud and rock

  • Looking back

    Cresting to the top of Sgurr an lubhair

  • Devil's Ridge

    Onwards from Sgurr an lubhair, towards the 'Devil's Ridge'

  • Stob Choire a’ Mhail

    A steep drop from Stob Choire a’ Mhail

  • Devil's Ridge

    Looking back along the Devil's Ridge

  • Sgurr a’ Mhaim

    The top of Sgurr a’ Mhaim (1099m), the highest point of the route! To here from Sgurr an lubhair via Stob Choire a’ Mhail is called the Devil's Ridge. Beyond is Glen Nevis below and Ben Nevis above. It took me just shy over two hours to reach this point which is only 8km along the ground.

  • Glen Nevis

    The descent to Glen Nevis is pretty significant and steep- over 1000m in less than 3km (1.8 miles). After the one and only aid station of the race you head up Glen Nevis and even run on a tarmac road! At the end of the road is a classic trail that squeezes through a short gorge, and spits you out in an idyllic glen with the An Steall Waterfall looming ahead.

  • The Biggest Climb

    A wade through a river and then starts the biggest climb of the race route, to the Munro An Gearanach (982m). Ben Nevis looms in the background.

  • Nevis Gorge

    A great view of the Nevis Gorge from halfway up the ascent

  • Zig-zagging

    The steepness of the slope means the path starts to zig-zag

  • An Gearanach

    Just a bit more effort to An Gearanach. Ben Nevis again in the background.

  • An Garbhanach

    It's not over yet! More quad crunching tough drops and leg burning ascents to An Garbhanach (975m) and Stob Coire a’ Chairn (981m)

  • Going Sideways

    The second big ridge of the day narrows to the dramatic, rocky arete of An Garbhanach and this continues as the ridge heads down to the next bealach and then up to Stob Coire a’ Chairn. "The traverse of this 'Top' is an airy but fairly straightforward but exposed scramble."

  • Am Bodach

    Nearly at Am Bodach

  • Climbing, literally.

    The last bit of climbing is actually climbing!

  • Am Bodach

    The stunning final Munro - Am Bodach (1032m)

  • The Way Down

    From Am Bodach, it is nearly downhill all the way, at first back down to the col at the foot of The Mamores ridge, then turning steeply down into Coire na h’Eirghe reversing the ascent route from earlier in the day. This was extremely boggy and muddy - bad enough that Holly Page fell over and suffered hospital visit worthy injuries! A final dash back along the West Highland Way into Kinlochleven to bring six hours and forty-five minutes of torture to an end!

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