Hiking Sgurr na Stri in Skye

Our last hike in Skye was Sgurr na Stri. Dwarfed by the surrounding Cuillin, Sgurr na Stri is only 494 metres high – a Marilyn rather than a Munro. Despite this, it is widely considered to be one of Britain’s finest viewpoints, and deservedly so.

You can hike in from Sligachan or Elgol, or get a boat from Elgol. We opted for the latter because we had to catch the train from Fort William that evening. We headed out on the early morning rig with Bella Jane Boat Trips.

Cuillin Ridge TraverseOur companions on the rib who jumped off the boat onto slippery rocks at Eilean Ramhair, and were heading up to do the notoriously difficult Cuillin Ridge Traverse.

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Crossing the stepping stones by Loch Coruisk

Time was tight, so on the directions of our boat captain, which consisted of , “Head straight up from the loch, hook a right at the lochan.” We navigated over the stepping stones from Loch Coruisk, and up to the peak, which is a bit of a scramble at times and the path disappears pretty quickly once you leave the loch shore.

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Hooking a right at the lochan

There is a longer, clearer path from the loch which is more straightforward, except the final part to the summit which is rocky and requires careful route-finding whichever way you approach it. If you get the boat, whatever route you take, you’ll have to cross the stepping stones and you’re going to get wet feet if the water’s high.

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View from Sgurr na Stri, including the Cuillin Ridge, Loch Coruisk and the sea crossing

dee sgurr na sgtriMe, very excited to be at the peak!

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Seals and shags from the rib on the way back to Elgol

Kit List

Greenland_Trousers_81200-630_grandeFjällräven Greenland Trousers – These trousers were perfect for the boggy, wet conditions because they have a water repellent wax coating and are quick drying.  The durable G1000 fabric with double knee reinforcements made them hard wearing enough for scrambling over the rocks.  The pockets have room for a map, compass, knife and everything else we needed on the trail. There’s even a pocket for an axe!


WBS15_83806_NVYBPatagonia Torrentshell Jacket – This shell is super waterproof for the changeable Skye weather, but still breathable and has pit-zips for extra ventilation. It cuts out the wind, which we appreciated at the exposed peak. It packs down into its own pocket so it fitted easily into our packs when we didn’t need it. The fabric is ripstop, so again, it was good for scrambling over rocks.


BerglerLady-Chestnut-1Hanwag Bergler Hiking Boots – This Alpine mountain boot was great on the rocky terrain on Skye, which is the closest we have to Alpine in the UK, and often used for Alpine training. The flexible Vibram sole makes them comfortable to walk in and the leather lining and tongue prevented rubbing. Our feet stayed dry, even going through the high water on the stepping stones (well mine did, Ian’s would’ve done if he didn’t always have to go for a paddle!)


See also:

Getting to, and around Skye

Campsites and Pubs on Skye


In-Store Waxing

Dee Dee waxing a customer's jacket We now have an in-store Fjällräven Waxing Station! We can wax Fjällräven G1000 jackets and bags while-you-wait on weekdays. We are not able to wax on weekends as it gets very busy, but you are welcome to drop off your item and collect it during the week.

Waxing is free-of-charge for items bought from us, simply show us your email receipt.

For items not bought at The Brokedown Palace there is a £30 charge for jackets and £20 for bags.

Waxing a whole jacket takes around 30minutes.

Please note waxing is not suitable for Kånken backpacks, except Kånken No. 2 (which is made from G1000 fabric).


Fjällräven at the Scandinavia Show

The Brokedown Palace partnered with Fjällräven to do their stand at the Scandinavia Show 2013.

The Scandinavia Show is the only UK show dedicated exclusively to showcase the best of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The show incorporates Scandinavian design, travel, lifestyle, fashion, culture and food.

This year’s venue was the stunning and historic Tobacco Dock, right on the River Thames; built in the early 19th Century as a secure bonded warehouse for the receipt and storage of tobacco from the New World.

We had a great time and met lots of lovely customers. Thank you Fjällräven for inviting us!

Ian and Dee Dee from The Brokedown Palace

Tobacco Dock

Tobacco Dock entrance

Adam from The Brokedown Palace with the colourful wall of Kånkens.

Andi from Fjällräven at his Wax Station, demonstrating how to re-wax a Greenland Jacket with Fjällräven’s unique Greenland Wax.

This customer came in with his 23 year old Kånken – looks good as new! His wife had just washed it so it’s a little crumpled. She said she always just throws it in the washing machine. They were buying more Kånkens for their young relatives.

Also in our stand were Grower’s Cup Coffee from Denmark. Here Adam from The Brokedown Palace and Andy from Fjällräven are sampling a cup.


Dee Dee from The Brokedown Palace cuddling Moomintroll.

The Danes are invading Swedish Fjällräven!

Joe from Fjällräven looking super snazzy in a UN Blue Fjällräven Numbers Jacket No.68 and matching trousers.