Beinn nan Carn and Boreraig – a brief weather window. September 2016.

Date: Sunday 4th September 2016
Distance: 13.7km
Ascent: 480m

After our week on Harris, we shifted over to Skye for a week. Nothing tasty weather-wise on the horizon unfortunately.

The Sunday looked like an improving day so after a grey morning we drove round to Cill Chriosd (NG 617 206) to combine an ascent of the S2K Beinn nan Carn with a revisit to the cleared village of Boreraig.

The sun had broken through as we set off and the day was pleasant.

There’s a good path from Cill Chriosd to Boreraig (and on round to Suishnish). Climbs past old limestone workings to a high point of 160m.

Above Cill Chriosd:

There’s an enclosed “community woodland” between Beinn a Mheadhoin and Beinn nan Carn. Only a few trees but the ground has been prepped for trees so there are a lot of holes. The top fence is only 500m uphill so doesn’t take long (top wire is barbed though).

Ascent of Beinn nan Carn:

The summit is a nice viewpoint – the hill views were partly cloud obscured but still decent.

Bla Bheinn group:

Beinn nan Carn summit:

Wandered to the SE end of the summit to peek down at Heasta – most reports approach from that direction.

Heasta:

Could see Druim Fada at the end of Loch Hourn.

Loch Hourn:

Back then to the summit for a bite to eat. Noted that on the new OS datum there’s a track running in from the Heasta road at NG 6484 2154 to Loch Buidhe (NG 6402 1943). Might well use this for a return visit sometime.

Beinn nan Carn summit:

Returned to the Boreraig path at the high point before descending to Boreraig. We did the Boreraig/Suishnish loop last year on a rather wetter day so it was nice to revisit with some sun.

Descent to Boreraig:

The scoured ridges on the opposite shore of Loch Eishort look nice – they run just north of 2 of the Sleat Marilyns.

Loch Eishort:

Had a wander round Boreraig. Noticed this time that the fossil layer which is present round at Breakish also emerges here. Quite a few fossilised ammonites and molluscs.

Boreraig fossils:


Rum finally began to show itself late in the day.

Rum from Boreraig:

After an hour or so we turned around and wandered back over the pass.

Leaving Boreraig:

Once over the summit we finally got clear sight of Bla Bheinn (although the Broadford Grahams remained cloud-capped). The midges were getting rather thick by this point on a warm, still September evening.

Bla Bheinn clears:

Bla Bheinn and Broadford Grahams:

A short view of the Cuillin too.

Brief view of Sgurr nan Eag:

Kept moving – even at a brisk pace the midge were nibbling….never a good sign.

Back to Cill Chriosd with a rather bright sundog apparent.

Cill Chriosd sundog:

Headed back to our accommodation near Broadford where there was a rather pleasant sunset.

Broadford sunset:

The best day of the week unfortunately with clag and gales the order of the day. A few more walks done, but nothing to write home about.

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