Liuthaid – at the Harris border. August 2015

Date: Tuesday 25th August 2015
Distance: 11.2km
Ascent: 600m

Another clearing day, and another decision as to where to go. Once again the big tops looked likely to hold the clag so we headed off after lunch for a short walkon some little hills.

A good start – a sea eagle flew over our accommodation.

Sea Eagle:

Decided to head up Liuthaid and consider adding nearby Beinn a Mhuill depending on sunshine.

Parked at the large parking area at Bowglass NB 185 115. There’s a very good track running up the glen. Quickly got up to Bealach na h-Uamha. The bigger Harris hills were well-clagged in, but we were enjoying a leeside cloud gap and sunshine.

Mullach an Langa and Teileasbhal:

Turned off the track at the bealach and wandered up to Tom Ruisg. There’s a nice lochan here.

Tom Ruisg lochan:

Damselflies:

Over the N side of the ridge there are views along Loch Langabhat.

Loch Langabhat from Tom Ruisg:

It’s a fairly gentle stroll to the top of the triple-topped hill from here – dramatic views to our south.

Mullach an Langa and Teileasbhal:

A golden eagle flew around, shadowed by a group of ravens.

Goldie:

Arrived at Mullach a Ruisg – one of the 3 tops.

Big hills remain cloud-capped:

Cul Mor and Cul Beag in Assynt were visible:

Great views over to Pairc and Todun from here – really catch the eye.

Caiteseal and Todun:

We wandered over Mullach Biogadail to the summit Liuthaid – just an undulating summit area really.

Clouds lifting off An Cliseam:

Sheep and Caiteseal:

Sunshine on Todun:

At Liuthaid there is an unobstructed view over Lewis. The darker, wetter weather had stuck over Lewis for a few hours as Harris got the sunshine. An unusually stable weather border, with us just on the right side.

A rather well highlighted Lewis/Harris border!

A bit of a break, just enough breeze to shift the midge that had been poised at every turn.

Loch Shiophoirt:

West to the hills above Mealasta:

Liuthaid pano:

Link to larger.

Dropped east off the summit to the track down to Loidse ath Linne – didn’t bother with Beinn a Mhuil as the Lewis weather system was finally winning and moving south.

Loch Shiophoirt from descent to Bowglass:

15 minutes along the road – being eaten by midge while walking at a brisk pace is an indicator of horror levels of midge. We didn’t stop to find out.

Excellent wee hill – rather good views of Loch Shiophoirt and to Lewis.

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