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The Horns of Alligin are part of Beinn Alligin in Torridon. Beinn Alligin is one of the big three Torridonian mountains, together with Liathach and Beinn Eighe. All three are distinctive and easily recognisable because of the horizontal bands and layers on their sides. This is the result of the Torridonian sandstone being eroded over millions of years. At the north-eastern end of Beinn Alligin’s ridge is the summit of Na Rathanan, whose three rocky tops form the Horns of Alligin.
On this particular day I had taken the remote Deep South Gully, which is hidden around the back of the Horns. This leads to the main ridge and the Horns. The traverse of the Horns requires care as you climb up and down them in turn. After passing the main summit, Sgurr Mor, the next feature of interest is Eag Dubh (or the Black Cleft). This is a huge scar left by and enormous rockslide around 3700 years ago.