Date: Sunday 5th December 2010
After a week of Central Belt commuting misery and a tricky drive north we were keen to get out and have a wander.
Forecast was a bit middling for the NW but we thought we’d take a look at Skye. Our quick jaunt up Ben Aslak was a grand memory so we thought we’d take a peek at the adjoining Marilyn – Beinn na Seamraig.
The view from Balmacara was encouraging.
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Crossed the bridge and headed a few km up the Kylerhea road to park up at NG 729 218.
The track from here runs up to Bealach na Cruinn-Leum. The first few km were crushed down by estate vehicles but the last part was collapsing crust snow.
From the bealach to Beinn Dubh a Bhealaich was slightly crusted powder between 1 and 2ft deep. Irritatingly hard work to be honest.
View to Ben Aslak:
Rewarded by the views to the Skye hills from the ridge.
Stone and Kintail:
Simple from here – a walk over the tops to the summit.
We watched cloud consuming the Cuillin, then Glamaig, Bla Bheinn and threaten the Red Cuillin.
Red Cuillin looking lonely:
Sgritheall and Kintail:
H and Kintail:
From the summit the encroaching clouds were making me nervous about our drive down. A quick bite to eat then we turned to use our broken trail back down.
Amazingly the clouds cleared away to the S – wouldn’t have bet on this.
Enjoyed some cracking views on our return trip.
Red and Black Cuillins – all white:
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Pink light on the Skye Hills:
Cracking wee hill – combining it with Ben Aslak using this track would be a good short day.