Sgurr Sgumain to Thearlaich

26 07 2015

Wed 8 July 2015
After meeting our new guide Andy the night before in the Sligachan Inn, it was decided we’d meet up there the next morning at 0900 to car-share to Glen Brittle. Richard duly dragged me out of bed with a coffee at 0815 after having to get up earlier to prepare flasks etc and I sat to eat my breakfast while checking my phone. The weather had been horrible all night – high winds and heavy rain – my spirits were lower than the prevailing cloudbase as I imagined sliding around on slippery, steep and narrow Cuillin peaks while being gusted around…

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L-R Sgurrs Sgumain, Alasdair, Thearlaich (R Wood)
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The Stupendous Basteir Gorge

21 02 2015

On one of the days in August 2014 when I called off a walk with my guide into the Cuillin due to dreish weather in the morning (makes the rock lethally wet), I decided it was time Richard had a trip to the very spectacular Basteir Gorge. On my previous Am Basteir trip with the guide he was trying to get me to take photos of Gillean’s Pinnacle Ridge but I just couldn’t take my eyes off the gorge!

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Haunted Hebrides

12 01 2015

For five years, when I was in the Army back in the late ’70s, I lived on the Outer Hebrides, specifically the Isles of Benbecula, North and South Uist. The three islands are joined by causeways across the North and South Fords and we lived on Benbecula and worked on South Uist.

I’ve always been fairly susceptible to ‘atmosphere’ in a place and have quite a few times seen various types of unexplainable sightings and apparitions. My mother is the same and we both have a penchant for wandering off alone, me mostly at night – I particularly like misty nights… I always found South Uist particularly ‘atmospheric’ and Benbecula fairly so, depending on the location – sometimes to the point of creepiness.

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Ben Tianavaig, Skye

27 11 2014

Recently, a fellow blogger and friend, Bob of Blue Sky Scotland, mentioned that he and his co-blogger, Alex, had a quick trip to Skye and debated about doing this hill after they’d tired themselves out on Glamaig the day before. They decided against it so I’m now writing about it and showing them the photos to tell them what a great, easy day they missed! 😉 Read the rest of this entry »





Fiskivaig to Talisker Bay

2 11 2014

Sat 20 Sep 2014
Having cancelled my planned Cuillin Skyline walk with Jonah my guide, due to a bad weather forecast, I awoke to find a clear, starlit sky followed by a beautiful day – grrr! As I was staying at a B&B down in Portnalong, however, I decided it was time to do a walk I’ve wanted to do for a while – to Talisker Bay via the moorland track from Fiskivaig…

Talisker Bay Water Channel
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The Basteir Tooth

29 10 2014

Fri 19 Sep 2014
On the basis of the continuing superb September weather and great forecast, I quickly rang my usual Skye Guide Jonah on the Tuesday night and, finding he was free for the rest of the week, hurriedly booked time off work and set off for Skye on Thursday afternoon. My objectives were to do two walks to try to bag some of the remaining Munro Tops I had left to do in the Cuillin – seven in all which would take three walks to do. I thought trying to do them all would be pushing both my nerve and my luck too far really as the Cuillin Munro Tops are a pretty ‘exciting’ bunch!

As I arrived at Kyle and the Skye Bridge, however, I became worried at the amount of low cloud and mist – it was so bad that, as I drove over the bridge, I couldn’t even see the sea below me! A familiar feeling of foreboding crept over me… Read the rest of this entry »





Blaven South Ridge

16 09 2014

Mon 4 August 2014
Having chickened out of the Basteir Tooth with my guide in the morning due to incessant rain which would have made the whole route lethally slippery as the rock is basalt, I returned to Richard at the cottage in disgrace. The weather was supposed to be bad most of the day but clear up towards the end so we were keeping an eye out of the window all day. Come early afternoon, things seemed to be brightening up and we’d decided we couldn’t just sit there all day so we ventured out towards Broadford in the car as the weather looked best to the south.

On reaching Broadford, we thought it possibly looked promising out towards Blaven so Richard suggested I go and tackle the South Ridge as I needed the south top. The route I’d decided to take also visits the lovely desolate bay of Camasunary and had a couple of mile walk each way across a moorland pass to get to it so I decided that, if my hill remained in cloud, that would be a good alternative… Read the rest of this entry »





Loch Coruisk & a Visit to The Bad Step

7 09 2014

Thu 7 Aug 2014
At last, Richard and I finally managed to get to Loch Coruisk for our long-promised walk around its shore – we didn’t get the weather we’d hoped for though, even though it was forecast for the day. I’d originally tried to book another guide to take me onto the Cuillin Ridge as my guide had left the island for the rest of the week and the weather was supposed to be superb. In the end, I was glad I hadn’t managed to hire one! Read the rest of this entry »





Skye Fairy Glen, Uig

26 11 2013

Back in August, during Richard and my Skye trip, we had quite a few spare days when we weren’t going hill-walking and went touristing instead. This was a visit to the spectacular Fairy Glen at Uig on the north-west of the island.

Fairy Glen Start Drumlins
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Devious Duuncan!

6 10 2013

Mon 26 Aug 2013

On every single visit to Skye Richard and I have made, we’ve always looked across to the very shapely and spectacular peak of Dun Caan on Raasay and said that we must do that sometime. The title of this post deliberately mis-spells the name of the hill as we always jokingly call it ‘Duncan’ but with a really pronounced Yorkshire ‘U’ sound – every time we see the hill wherever we are on Skye, we shout out “Duuuncan!” Of course, the name actually refers to an old fort or ‘dun’.

After my climb on the In Pinn in the Cuillin the day before, we decided it was time to take a trip across to Raasay and have a wind-down on Dun Caan… Read the rest of this entry »