Date: Monday 10th September 2012
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.
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.
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.
Returned to the car by the ascent route – as we descended a male Hen Harrier passed along the moor behind us.
An excellent short jaunt – great views and a lot of wildlife for a hill so close to a town. Recommended.