Sithean Bealaich Cumhaing. September 2012.

Date: Monday 10th September 2012
Distance: 6.9km
Ascent: 420m

There’s far more to Skye than the Cuillins. The northern end with its amazing escarpments has some great hills. The cliffline just north of Portree had caught our eye for a while.

We parked on the A855 at NG 491 467 – an extended off-road area. We used the track marked on the map at NG 491 468 – a gate allows access. The track runs into a fenced area after 200m, we simply headed straight uphill with no further issues.

About 20 minutes sees you to the summit and some cracking views.

South from the summit towards Beinn Tianavaig:

Watched as an adult Golden Eagle glided under us heading south to harass some ravens.

Sat a little S of the summit and had some lunch, enjoying the scene. The day was supposed to improve so we wandered south to Bealach Cumhang – a couple of kilometres.

Gives some nice views N along the cliff line:

The view to Ben Tianavaig is excellent from here:

There were a few fishing boats out in the sound:

The Golden Eagles were fairly active throughout – 2 adults and one juvenile. At one point one of the adults flew under us holding a full-size rabbit in one foot.

Turned to return to the summit with showers pulsing through. This did produce some interesting rainbows.

The views had improved to the smaller Skye hills south of us.

Macleods Tables were visible with S Uist just visible beyond:

Another rainbow and Raasay:

Returned to the car by the ascent route – as we descended a male Hen Harrier passed along the moor behind us.

The view to the Old Man of Storr is best from nearer the car:

An excellent short jaunt – great views and a lot of wildlife for a hill so close to a town. Recommended.

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