A short walk on South Uist – Airneabhal 4th June 2018

Date: Monday 4th June 2018
Distance: 11km
Ascent: 300m

With perfect weather continuing in the NW Highlands it was a little disappointing that South Uist was trapped in a plume of low, grey cloud for much of our week’s holiday.

Still, at this time of year cloud usually thins and burns off.

We had a few planned walks, and a few reserves. With a hint that the cloud would burn off we headed to Rubha Aird a Mhuile, the westernmost point on South Uist. Partly to see the machair, partly to scope out pitch sites foe future visits.

A number of birds around – oystercatchers, gulls and eider ducks.

The Oystercatchers were at a variety of stages of development –

Hatching:

Developing:

Out and about:

The hills had been cloudy all morning, but started to clear as we had our short wander:

We decided to go for a short hill walk up Airneabhal. Probably most directly approached out a track from the west side, we decided instead to head to the road end on the south shore of Loch Aineort and do a wee loop instead.

Snugged the car off the turning area and set off out a wee track westwards. Beinn Mhor looms across Loch Aineort:

We headed about 1km west then turned south up Beinn Ailein. Saw one adult sea eagle cruising around further east.

Nice views across Loch Snigiscleit to Stulabhal:

We wondered about circuiting Loch Snigiscleit over Stulabhal, which looks a nice walk. Instead headed from Beinn Ailein up Airneabhal.

Beinn Mhor:

Stulabhal, Triuirebheinn and Beinn Ruigh Coinnich:

From Airneabhal we dropped north back to the car.

A short walk, but a nice one. The circuit of Loch Snigiscleit would be a good alternative.

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