The Broadford Grahams. June 2010.

Date: Tuesday 8th June 2010
Distance: 8.6km
Ascent: 1000m

We’ve avoided the Broadford Grahams for a while – an impression of red bouldery hills has put us off – wrongly as it transpired.

In striking distance with an improving forecast we decided to give them a go.

We took the “Old Corry” road just N of Broadford and parked near the road end.

Followed the Alt a Choire over drying marsh/peat towards Coire Fearchair. We thought the NE ridge of the hill looked most appealing so made for there.

Beinn na Caillich:

NE ridge profile:

NE ridge en face:

Progress was easy to the foot of the ridge and then on up on easy grassy/boulder terrain – pleasant.

Broadford Bay from ascent:

Damselfly:

Reached the huge summit cairn – cloud was still forming and breaking on the summit so views were shifting and mainly local.

Had 30mins for food and headed on to Beinn Dearg Mhor.

Easy descent – mainly grass and then a reasonably short re-ascent. Spent a while here – broken views of Bla Bheinn. What we saw was impressive.

Bla Bheinn:

N Skye and islands:

All the walking to here had been very relaxing – the drop to the bealach with Beinn Dearg Beag was not – this is steep and on loose scree. The paths are worse – steep compacted soil stripped of scree. Much fun was not had but 20mins saw us down.

View from Bealach:

By the time we reached Beinn Dearg Beag the cloud had cleared a lot and Bla Bheinn was out.

H arriving:

Bla Bheinn:

Beinn na Caillich:

Out to Rum and Eigg:

The rotten descent:

From here an easy walk down the ridge to return to Old Corry.

Coire gorm from descent:

Other than the scree slope this was the easiest waking we’ve had on South Skye. Extremely pleasant and likely to be re-visited

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