Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Tuesday 5 June - Ben Suardal




I often find views from low hills superior to those from their higher brethern. Certainly the prospect of Bla Bheinn from diminutive Ben Suardal was exceptional today, the view across Strath Suardal to the rounded granite hills of Beinn na Caillich, Beinn Dearg Mhor and Beinn Dearg Bheag no less so.

Orchids, mountain aven, tormentil, dog violet, butterwort, birdsfoot- trefoil, tufted vetch and moss campion were all spotted (by Lynne mainly) on our way to the summit. Ben Suardal has the biggest expanse of Durness Limestone in Britain and some 63 million years ago molten volcanic rock combined with it to form Skye Marble, mined locally for 200 years.

A short descent brought us to Cill Chriosd where Lynne indulged her interest in such things before we walked the Marble Railway Path back to the motorcaravan. Next time on Skye, when the weather is a bit indifferent, we'll take the path to Boreraig and Suisnish on Loch Eishort, an area brutally cleared in the mid-19th century by Lord MacDonald's factors.






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