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Bla Bheinn

Bla Bheinn


Postby chieftain41 » Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:26 am

Route description: Bla Bheinn (Blaven)

Munros included on this walk: Bla Bheinn

Date walked: 29/07/2010

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 10.5 km

Ascent: 1000m

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I grew up on Skye but never once set foot in the Cuillins. I decided that now was the time to change this. Reading about the Cuillins it all sounded pretty scary but as a novice Bla Bheinn seemed managable. My walking companion Brian and myself were on a two day trip with a stay over in Portree. After doing A' Chralaig and Mullach Fraoch Choire day one and having a wee pub crawl in Portree that night. We set off for Bla Bheinn the next day, but not before visiting MacKenzie's Bakery in Portree for some magnificent bacon and black pudding rolls :) . After turning off at Broadford onto the Elgol road, we found ourselves on a single track road. After about 4 miles our car rounded a corner and there in front of us was the magnificent but imposing sight of Bla Bheinn. Myself and Brian looked at each other wondering what we had let ourlelves in for and for a brief moment considered turning back. My experience so far of Munros were hills that had grass and heathery slopes, this looked like a scary MOUNTAIN!
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View from Torrin across Loch Slapin to Bla Bheinn
We arrived at the car park just before 11am and set off back along the road and over the bridge. The path headed along the right bank of the river towards the hill. The path is very good and easy to follow.
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Soon the path neared a waterfall.
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Brian wondering how on earth we are going to get to the summit!
The path crosses the crystal clear river over some stepping stones and headed into Coire Uaigneich.
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Here you have to cross the river again and the path starts to become more scree like and starts to gain height.
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From reading other reports, this path goes into a gulley but if you stay on it you will miss the path striking up to the right. On the way back down, Brian and myself decided to mark, for other walkers, a small cairn, so they don't waste time like we did looking for the way up.
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As you look up, the way is not evident but there is a rocky outcrop and the path goes to the left of it.
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The path now zig zags up the hill.
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After a while you reach a stone chute which requires a little bit of scrambling.
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Taking a breather after scrambling up the chute.
The path now started to level off.
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Brian with the Islands of Soay and Rum in the background.
There were great views of the Red Cullins.
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As we neared the summit, I was worried that we might need to do some serious scrambling, luckily this was not the case.
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Near the summit there were some great views but higher up the top was covered in mist.
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As we approached the summit, the mist was down to about 50 ft.
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Munro number 5 completed after 2 hours. We were disappointed with the view as there was none. I had seen photos of the view online but was disappointed that we could not see the main Cuillin Ridge.
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We stopped and had lunch and after 20 minutes we were packing up and resigning ourselves to the fact that we would miss out on a spectactular view and were just about to head back down, when as if by magic, the clouds started to part, like someone was opening a curtain,to reveal the main ridge. WOW what a sight! :D
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Soon the clound curtain closed again but we were happy that we had got a glimpse on the Cuillin Ridge. We decided to have a look at the route to the south summit but decided against taking that route down, instead we headed back down the way we came.
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On the way down, we avoided the scrambling chute and veered right to go down a scree gully.
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4 and a half hours later we were back at the car park having completed what we thought was going to be a scary climb but turned out to be an enjoyable walk with some spectacular views.
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby dooterbang » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:08 am

Enjoyed reading this.

I thought i was bad that i have been to Skye 4 times and not bagged a Munro or Corbett - feel better that you grew up there and never once ventured to the Cuillins.

Good idea to build a little cairn marking the path upwards.

Glad you got some views of the ridge.
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby chieftain41 » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:23 pm

Thanks dooterbang, Next time you are on Skye do Bla Bheinn, its a great walk with some fantastic views. At the summit we met a couple who were heading down along with their 9 year old. If she can do it anyone can.
Words cannot describe the feeling we got, when the clouds parted and allowed us to see the magnificent main ridge. :D
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby Gable Gable End » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:44 pm

im planning on this next month on my visit :)
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby monty » Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:19 pm

Nice report. Brought back some memories. We had blazing sunshine when we don it though :D
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby chieftain41 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:11 pm

Gable Gable End wrote:im planning on this next month on my visit :)

Hope you get the weather for it as the views at the summit is stunning.
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby chieftain41 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:12 pm

monty wrote:Nice report. Brought back some memories. We had blazing sunshine when we don it though :D

I enjoyed it and it is one I wouldn't mind doing again.
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby walk aboot » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:17 pm

That's a great report and photos, chieftain41 :)
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby Caberfeidh » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:46 pm

Excellent report and description, also impressive photos! Can I be pedantic and point out that the islands in that photo are not Soay and Rum but Eigg and Rum ~ Soay is much smaller and tucked in near the coast of Skye between Camasunary and Loch Brittle. You never know, some ship-based Walkhighlands person might use this as a navigational aid and end up severely off-course!
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby Crawler » Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:34 pm

those are fantastic photos!
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby audreywaugh » Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:42 am

Excellent report and photos, been wanting to do this since we went up Marsco last year, thought it looked like a really hard walk, exposed scramble, ropes etc, then I read a few reports and saw it isn't anything like that! Can't wait to get up and get those views (please lets have a view??) for myself now! 8)
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby MisSheryl » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:16 pm

chieftain41 wrote:Thanks dooterbang, Next time you are on Skye do Bla Bheinn, its a great walk with some fantastic views. At the summit we met a couple who were heading down along with their 9 year old. If she can do it anyone can.
Words cannot describe the feeling we got, when the clouds parted and allowed us to see the magnificent main ridge. :D


I hadn't planned on trying this one on my trip in August, but you make it seem like anyone can do it...:-) Did you see any swimming holes to jump into?
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby Redrock » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:27 pm

Bla Bheinn is a great mountain and you've caught it really well on your pictures! :D Amazing that you got that cloud break at just the right time! Great! 8)
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:30 pm

Me my wife and daughter are on them pics :D I'm sure we had a bit of a chat on the way down.

Edit: Just read an earlier post and that 9 year old was my daughter. Not only did she make it to the top but it's her favourite mountain, she loved it.
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Re: Bla Bheinn

Postby L-Hiking » Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:44 pm

Thanks for the report Cheiftain

My wife Carol and I ventured this way in September, but no views at the top

Wonderful idea the small cairn, wish it had been there in September :lol: :lol:

I think it should be known as the Cheifton Cairn!!! :clap: :clap:
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