Date: Sunday 4th September 2016
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.
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).
The summit is a nice viewpoint – the hill views were partly cloud obscured but still decent.
Wandered to the SE end of the summit to peek down at Heasta – most reports approach from that direction.
Could see Druim Fada at the end of 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.
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.
The scoured ridges on the opposite shore of Loch Eishort look nice – they run just north of 2 of the Sleat Marilyns.
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.
Rum finally began to show itself late in the day.
After an hour or so we turned around and wandered back over the pass.
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.
A short view of the Cuillin too.
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.
Headed back to our accommodation near Broadford where there was a rather pleasant 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.