Hebrides 2013 Day 5. Beinn Mhor.

Date: Wednesday 4th June 2013
Distance: 13.5km
Ascent: 840m

Up just after dawn in our tent by the sea – a pleasant morning, the absence of midge making for a genuinely pleasant camping experience.

After dropping in the the RSPB visitor centre near Baile Raghnill to listen to (but not see) the corncrakes we drove south through N Uist and Benbecula to South Uist. This passing place road is one of the more aggressively driven small highland roads I’ve come across.

We parked up at the memorial at NF 767 341 – although we’d wondered about ascending Hecla we decided to revisit Beinn Mhor instead and leave ourselves a good bit of relaxing time.

As we were getting booted a car pulled in and a voice cried “ye cannae park there!” – looked up to see the advancing figure of IainK taking time out from his as yet unheralded Stand-up tour of Scotland.

Had a natter with Iain and his dad who were on there way to 36 holes of walk spoiled before saying tarra until the Mull meet. The second Shiller bumped into on the Western Isles in 72 hours – busy place.

So to Beinn Mhor – pretty much the average route from this point – follow the track from NF 768 346 to NF 775 341 then cross the marsh to ascend Maola Breac and then carry on up the ridge to the 608m top and over to the summit.

It was a fairly warm, still day so we took our time and enjoyed the views. These were certainly expansive, interesting to look at although lacking enough immediacy to be photogenic.


North to N Uist:

Looking up to the 608m top:

H at 540m with S Uist behind:

Golden Plover:

Plover and wheatear backed by Eabhal and Harris:

Gleann Sheileasdail and Rubha Sheileasdail look like splendid and very infrequented places:

Ridge and glen pano:

Link to larger pano

Rum and Canna:

Maoladh nam Feannag:

We could see round from Harris in the north across the length of Skye and across the Small Isles. Previous tent pitches on Eigg and Rum’s Bloodstone Hill were in line of sight – I do enjoy reciprocal views of previous locations. We’d sat there and watched the sun setting out towards the Uists in the last 12 months. 🙂

After the enjoyably airy ridge we took a seat at the cairn SE of the summit and relaxed for an hour.

Hecla and Beinn Coiradail:

Skye Cuillin:

Hecla again:

South to Barra:

Returned via the ascent route, watching a group of ravens (probable adolescents) messing around on the ridge.

Rum again:


Pano of Skye and the Small Isles:

Link to larger

Across N Uist and Benbecula to Eabhal, Ceapabhal and Harris:

Beinn Mhor:

Descending view:

Diverted to the wee lochans near the end of the track to watch some very active 4-spotted chaser dragonflies and some more sedate damselflies:

Bogbean flowering:

Nearing the track with Beinn Mhor behind:

Back at the car we drove to the south end of the island, parking the car off the Machair road NF 734 201 and pitching the tent on the dune grass above the beach.

Warm enough for a swim in the sea and a wash we sat and enjoyed the sun and the surf.

Listened to the song of the corn buntings and watched a perfect sunset out to the west.

Splendid day. 😀

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