Beinn Dubh – the atmospheric visit. May 2017

Date: Saturday 27th May 2017
Participants: Us
Weather: Atmospheric
Distance: 7.5km
Ascent: 520m

After a peaceful night we were up early to see dawn over the Harris hills from our pitch on Beareraigh.


A rather nice place to camp:

Caught the early ferry from Bearneraigh to Leverburgh on Harris. It’s an enjoyable sail, zig-zagging through the shallow sound between North Uist and Harris.

The day became a bit duller, we decided to revisit an old favourite by climbing Beinn Dubh above Luskentyre beach.

Parked at the car park at NG 067 998. There are gates through the lower fences and walls, then an ascent direct towards the summit.

As we neared the top the wispy cloud was below us.

Had some atmospheric views north to Gleann Miabhaig and the other Harris hills:


Sgaoth Aird was jutting pointily out of the cloud:

Wandered over the summit of Beinn Dubh towards Beinn Losgaintir which changes the angle of view a little:

Then we returned over the summit and decended initially back to Beinn Beag, then NNW down to the shore to the north of Luskentyre.
We wandered round the point back to Traigh Rosamul. Lots of terns and oystercatchers around noisily marking our slow passage.
The views remained rather atmospheric. Leosabhal was standing clear of cloud over towards Huisinis:


As we rounded the point Ceapabhal seemed to have been wrapped in cotton wool:

Cloud was flowing over the Clisham Horseshoe:

Traigh Rosamul came into view:

Walkers out on a spit of sand at the end of Traigh Rosamul seemed to be almost floating in the grey.

We got back to Traigh Rosamul, a short but rewarding walk.

An oddly atmospheric walk – having seen the views in glorious sunshine this was an interesting counterpoint.

We headed off to the hostel at Drinishader to enjoy a bed, shower and a roof after a few night’s camping.

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