Stac Pollaidh (on the left) is not a high mountain, at only 612m it would barely get any recognition at all were it not for the fact that it stands alone and looks spectacular.
While it’s a steep climb, it’s an easy one, and the top is a mass of shattered pinnacles of crumbling torridon sandstone. It’s a classic example of what geologists call a nunatak, where a rocky crest has been exposed in an ice field – so in the ice age this peak must have been clear of ice.
Stac Pollaidh, pronounced “Stack Polly” is a part Norse, part Gaelic name meaning “Hill above the pool”, referring presumably to Loch Lurgainn which sits at its foot.
The mountain to the right is Cul Beag, and sits a few miles north of Ullapool in the North West Highlands of Scotland. Not the most accessible place in the world, but if you get a chance, don’t miss it. I’ve been up there twice, once on a grim wet day, and then on the day this photo was taken, beautifully clear.
As you can see, the view is to die for.
This is looking north to Assynt, and the name Hill of the Pool becomes clearer. On the far left in the distance is Sail Gorm, closer, looking like a resting dragon left is Suilven, next in the distance is Canisp, and closest on the right Cul Mor.