Date: Saturday 14th September 2013
A relatively short time window with a not too hopeful weather forecast saw us leave our accommodation at Loch Duich and head for Skye – the sky looked blue that way.
As hoped there were a few breaks in the cloud and after a 10 minute natter on the approach to Broadford we decided on Beinn na Cro rather than Point of Sleat.
Things looked rather hopeful on the Torrin road – the Cuillin was tearing a hole in the cloud on its lee side.
Parked at NG 565 224 – space for a few cars. Headed about 75m on the right of way to Luib before heading upslope on the fenceline straight up Beinn na Cro. The route is easy – a faint path follows a grassier strip up the ridge to the summit without any rocky terrain.
We sat at the north side of the summit and enjoyed the views we’d lacked in ascent. This really is a superlative viewpoint – N Skye, Raasay and Applecross across the N, to the E an array of peaks we’ve climbed and camped on, to the S across to the Small Isles and to the W Blaven and Gillean.
We sat around for 30 minutes and the returned by the ascent route. Happily the Small Isles, which had been obscured were now visible.
We still had some spare time so we drove out to Elgol. The Cuillin were a bit overcast so we drove to the transmitter on the Glasnakille road S from Elgol for the view over the sea.
Beinn na Cro is a superb viewpoint – just over an hour up is a bargain for these views. We bot thought a winter summit camp on this one would be a real treat.