Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Monday, 4 June 2012

Sunday 3 June - Healabhal Bheag

We set off on foot from the site taking the minor road which skirts Loch Follart then crossed the moor, dry for once, to Cnoc-na-Sgath. From here we followed a wandering line over the bumps of Beinn Bhuidhe and An Cruachan until below the steep SE slopes of Healabhal Bheag. At the top of these slopes a grassy gully exits west of the rock prow, which is in view for most of the approach, then a short walk leads to the trig point.

Today we could just make out St Kilda; the Cuillin across wild Loch Bracadale filled the view south;
the Outer Hebrides were crystal clear; that towards Trotternish was degraded by turbines. An occasional cloud cover and strong NE wind combined to make the western end of the small plateau a cold place for a lunch stop, but it was as good as any.

MacLeod's Tables, Healabhal Mhor (469m) and Healabhal Bheag (488m) ,named not in accordance with height but size, make an enjoyable circuit amid some of the most varied scenery on Skye. I spent thirty years during which Skye meant only one thing: The Cuillin. A belated visit to Struan in 2001, visiting the graves of those great Cuillin pioneers Norman Collie and John MacKenzie, introduced me to the wild and dramatic north west corner of this magical island. Don't make the same mistake by waiting so long.

Alan R - excellent post. This brought back memories (though not of the kilted fellow) even though we did Corserine in winter. Same cold wind! Sounds a grand day out - and no midges. Enjoy the rest of your trip. It's a lot quieter than Skye which is packed.

Phil R - sorry BB won't allow me to comment directly on your blog. What a fabulous day to climb such a peak as your first Munro and first Scottish hill. You'll remember this day when you 'compleat' and register with the SMC! Save an equally good one for last.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your comment above, yeah it was a great day. As you say one I will always remember. Hope you are enjoying your trip, looking good from the pics above.