Sgurr nan Gillean summit, Skye, Scotland
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Sgurr nan Gillean summit, Skye, Scotland

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Sgurr Nan Gillean lies at the northen end of the Cuillin ridge on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Its summit has a distinctive triangular shape and has a height of 964m. It is usually climbed from the Sligachan hotel which lies approx 3 miles to the north.

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