Skye to Harris via North Uist and a wee hill. 29th March 2018.

Date: Thursday 29th March 2018
Distance: 2.6km
Ascent: 140m

A 5 day break for Easter in the offing. We’d been hoping to get out with the tent but forecasts were suggesting strong, biting easterlies. With imaginations a little lubricated by a visit to Cloisters we checked out availability of accommodation and ferries and realised we could get a decent trip to Harris with good accommodation……a plan.

Drove up to Broadford on Wednesday evening and then on to Uig Thursday morning for the ferry to North Uist (the direct Tarbert run had been fully booked).

Boarded MV Hebrides on a beautiful day and off we went.

Leaving Uig:

The MV Hebridean Isles had also been at Uig – turned out that Hebrides was being redeployed to Oban-Coll and the smaller vessel was covering. This was to cause us some issues later. For the moment a nice sail past.

MV Hebridean Isles:

Absolute belter of a day with fantastic air clarity……some regrets about not actually being on a hill but a decent Calmac day is always welcome.

The Cuillin from Uig:

Off at Lochmaddy – much better weather than our first visit in horizontal rain. We had 4 hours to the Sound of Harris ferry and we’d decided on Crogearraidh na Thobha, a very small hill at the NE tip of North Uist. Parked at the end of the public road at Baigh a Chaise (Cheese Bay).

Wandered up the hill, a 25 minute ascent for a cracking view across the Sound of Harris.

Sound of Harris from Crogearraidh na Thobha :

Stood around and had our lunch. A little breezy, but the sun felt warm.

To the south we had a decent view across N Uist. The St Kilda group was just visible to the west.

Lochmaddy from Crogearraidh na Thobha:

Beinn Mhor (South Uist) from Crogearraidh na Thobha:

Air clarity was good enough to make out Rum fairly easily.

Rum from Crogearraidh na Thobha:

Snow clad hills on the mainland were just discernible.

Torridon across Skye:

Dropped back downhill and back to the car. Drove round to Clachan Sands for a look.

Spotted a male Hen Harrier quartering the moor, always nice to see.

A machair road heads out from the cemetery to a picnic area at NF 873 767. This sits between Traigh Lingeigh and Traigh Hornais.

Traigh Lingeigh:

Traigh Hornaigh:

A lovely spot – would make a good pitch for the tent. We had other plans and carried on up the road to the Calmac terminal on Bearnaraigh. On to the MV Loch Portain and a trip across the Sound of Harris. Spotted a Sea Eagle sitting on one of the islands – looked like it was feeding on something.

Cuillin from MV Loch Portain:

A quick shop in An Clachan stores at Lerverburgh and then onwards north. As usual we stopped at the parking space with a view of Luskentyre. Good to be back, the Harris hills were completely clear.

Luskentyre:

We were heading for Drinishader and had one last stop at the viewpoint looking out to Skye and the Shiants at NG 141 948.

Skye from Harris:

At least 2 Golden Eagles were soaring around over the Golden Road area. Harris is eagle central.

….and then finally to Drinishader. We’d booked a room in the Hostel there which is a wee gem. With 4 nights booked we were looking forward to some island walking.

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