Griomabhal – the Harris end of Lewis. May 2015.

Date: Monday 25th May 2015
Distance: 7.4km
Ascent: 520m

Arrived at Stornoway on Saturday 23rd May to a rather cold, wet and windy day. Spent the Sunday reconnoitring the NW coast of Lewis from the Butt of Lewis down to Calanis. Camped at Dail Mor beach in a spot tucked out of the rather brisk westerly.

Allak at Dail Mor:

A rather dramatic looking Monday at Dail Mor.

Dail Mor:

Had a wander on a coastal walk on Great Bernera prior to heading round to Mealasta – where Lewis is starting to become Harris.

The day was improving and we decided to head up Griomabhal, a hill with views across the Harris Hills and across Aird Mor to Huisinis.

There’s a few spaces to park the car near the road end at Mealasta. We planned to head up Gleann Tealasdail and ascend Griomabhal on the easy eastern arm.

Griomabhal:

On closer inspection the big boiler plate slabs onto the west ridge of Griomabhal looked reasonable so we headed up these once above the ravine at NB 001 223.

Onto the ridge it was an easy plod up the ridge to the summit. A dry day by now, but at about 9C with a 25mph westerly it still felt rather Baltic.

H on ascent:

Nice slabby rock to the summit.

Grippy slabs:

From the ascent we could see over Aird Mor and Aird Beag to Huisinis – one of our favourite Harris places. The Aird Beag estate has recently gone up for sale. Certainly a remote place for those without a boat.

Through to Huisinis:

A bit hazy so no sight of St Kilda – just the local islands.

H with Eilean Mealasta behind:

Once on the summit we tucked out of the breeze and enjoyed the (rather hazy) views. Nice angle on the Harris hills.

South to the Harris hills:

East across southern Lewis:

Descended east down easy slopes to the bealach with Naideabhal a Muigh.

Loch Braighe Griomabhal:

At the loch:

From Loch Braighe Griomabhal we headed onto the west ridge of Naideabhal a Muigh to descend easily to the car at Mealasta.

Found a reasonable pitch nearby and stuck the tent up to enjoy the evening. Nice to get out for a short walk after a couple of days of sightseeing.

Allak at Mealasta:

Mackerel sky:

Griomabhal:

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