A circuit of Gleann Horsa-cleit. August 2015.

Date: Monday 24th August 2015
Distance: 15.4km
Ascent: 850m

Monday on Harris – another improving day. Another restful morning with a late start. The day looked best towards the south of Harris so we headed down to An t-Ob to do a loop of the hills around Gleann Horsa-cleit.

The statutory stop above Traigh Luskentyre to enjoythe view.

Luskentyre pano:

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Parked just east of An t-Ob at NG 034 884. There’s work on a new Hebridean way up the islands which will run up Gleann Horsa-cleit. We headed off just east of this, ascending to the marked cairn at NG 035 888.

Greabhal from cairn.

Then descended north, crossing Abhainn an Uisge before ascending Mula (one fence crossing required).


Easy enough going terrain, the views open out to the north-east.

H on way up Mula:


Once up Mula we headed up the Bleabhal ridge with nice views south over the Sound of Harris to the hills of North and South Uist.

Ferry and Uist Hills:

A few eagles around, at least 2 Golden eagles circling nearby.


Near the summit of Bleabhal we got a view through to Traigh Scarasta.

Traigh Scarasta from Bleabhal:

A cutting wind up here, unlike Sunday it was fairly parky too. Had a wander round the summit – the air clarity was superb and there was something to enjoy in every direction.

North to the big Harris hills (little sun on these for much of the day):

Uisgneabhal Mor and Sron Scourst:


Rum past MacLeods Tables:

Sgurr nan Gillean and Bla Bheinn:

The Uist Li hills, Eabhal and Beinn Mhor:

Headed for Meabhal to have some lunch with a better view of the beaches. A Sea Eagle flew over.

A blurry Sea Eagle:

Meabhal has a better view of Traigh Scarasta than Bleabhal.

Ceapabhal and Traigh Scarasta:

North view:

Hirta and Boreray:

After some lunch and relaxing with the views we headed down to Cleite Dhomhnuill and then over to Bulabhal-scarasta, a little ridge line obove the road and the beach.

TraighScarasta and Ceapabhal from Bulabhal-scarasta:

An t-Ob and Neist Point:

Dropped south off the summit and then traversed round to the Gleann Uachdrach bealach to ascend Maodal along its NE arm with views of Traigh Scarasta.

A truly splendid viewpoint this one – great views of the beach and north to the Harris hills.

Maodal view of Traigh Scarasta:

Maodal view to the Harris hills:

Maodal pano:

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Dropped south to ascend Greabhal which sits above An t-Ob.

Ascending Greabhal:

Could see over to Neist Point, beyond that Canna and our June camp site.

An t-Ob and beyond to Neist Point:

To minimise the bog-trotting we dropped NE off Greabhal to pick up the nascent (uncompleted) Hebridean Way and nipped back to the car.

Heard eagles calling (a rather unregal yip yip noise that they make). Sure enough an adult and a juvenile were wheeling over Mula.

Goldie juvenile:

A gentle drive back to Tarbert with the lowering sun. Luskentyre at dusk was looking nice.

Luskentyre dusk:

Luskentyre pano:

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A syrupy light was on offer as we approached Tarbert.

Shiants across Scalpay:

Scalpay Bridge:


…and at this time of year the sun sets straight out the West Loch from Old Tarbert Pier.

Tarbert sunset:

A good choice – the bigger hills were shaded until late afternoon. It was nice to top up our solar panels instead.

Maodal is recommended – about 30 minutes off the road and a superlative viewpoint.

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