Glamaig from the east. A wintry bimble. December 2015.

Date: Sunday 13th December 2015
Distance: 6km
Ascent: 860m

Day 1 of our Skye holiday. The weather actually looked like playing ball for a few days which was remarkable. A snow-line of around 500m meant a lot of the Skye hills would not be on our menu but a few crackers remained to play with.

Decided to revisit Glamaig in the hope of good views this time.

Not much to say about the route – parked in a layby a few km S of Sconser (about NG 537 310), went through a gate across the road and headed up the ENE ridge of An Coileach then on to Sgurr Mhairi. Reversed route to return.

Started just before dawn. The initial approach is heathery – it’s worth aiming for the ENE ridge as a little path follows the old fence and the heather is broken (NG 531 310).

Down the road the Corbett and Graham of Garbh Bheinn and Belig looked fine.

Garbh Bheinn and Belig:

The sun was up – but the light rather wan and watery.

SE to the Broadford Grahams:

The steep climb looms up over Raasay. MV Hallaig was plying her trade on the Sconser-Raasay run.

Raasay:

H and MV Hallaig:

The splendidly impressive eastern clifflines of North Skye catch the eye.

Tianavaig and The Storr:

The ferry passed below quietly (one of the new Diesel-electric hybrids).

MV Hallaig approaching Sconser:

An interesting light. Identifying mainland hills through the gaps.

Rois-bheinn group:

Once above the snow-line a combination of very steep frozen ground and icy snow saw us pull on the crampons and heft the ice axes.

Above the snow line:

A bit more of the Bla-bheinn group becomes visible in ascent.

Bla Bheinn group:

As An Coilleach is reached the Cuillin becomes visible.

The Cuillin:

…and the other Skye hills look rather dramatic.

Beinn Dearg Mor and Bla Bheinn group:

The summit ridge was nicely scoured and the approach to Sgurr Mhairi from here is simple.

An Coileach:

Atmospheric views abound.

Towards Bla Bheinn:

With fine air clarity we could see S to Ben More on Mull.

Out to Ben More (Mull):

The Cuillin actually looks a bit less stark with a dusting of snow on it.

The Cuillin:

Out past MacLeod’s Tables we could see the islands of the Outer Hebrides….always good to see.

MacLeod’s Tables:

The Cuillin still looks pretty stark on closer inspection.

Gillean and the Pinnacle:

Air clarity was good enough to see the Ben, just to the right of Ladhar Bheinn.

Ben Nevis:

Sat around for a while, enjoying the views, before reversing the route. Picked our way carefully down the steep slopes of An Coilleach.

The Storr and Tianavaig:

The Storr:

Beinn Dearg Mor:

Raasay:

Then a quick drive back to Broadford to meet up with my parents who were staying with us for a few days. A fine day.

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