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Harris: Bleabhal, Beinn Dhubh and Sleiteachal Mhor

Harris: Bleabhal, Beinn Dhubh and Sleiteachal Mhor


Postby foggieclimber » Sat Apr 30, 2011 3:55 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Beinn Dhubh (Harris), Bleabhal (Harris), Sleiteachal Mhor (Lewis)

Date walked: 29/04/2011

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The weather on Friday morning looked pretty-good and it got even better as the day progressed. I set off nice and early to make the most of the day, arriving at the start of my first hill just after 06.30. I parked off the road beside some picnic tables at Sgarasta Mhor.

My original plan for today was to visit Taransay – what better way to escape the Royal Wedding than to be “castaway” on Taransay. However, on contacting the boatman I was advised that the boat doesn't run until 16th May – after the lambing season. I did get some nice views of Taransay instead from the road, hills and beach :D.

Taransay and Harris hills from start at Sgarasta Mhor:
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As I made my way up the hill, I passed a marker post and soon thereafter followed a grass-covered dyke much of the way up the hill.

Marker post near start of Meabhal/Bleabhal:
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Follow the grass-covered dyke up the hill:
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On reaching the ridge, I was pleased to see the Uists. I could make out North Lee, South Lee and Eaval on North Uist and Beinn Mhor on South Uist.

Looking towards the Uists from Meabhal:
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Leverburgh and Uists (zoomed):
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On reaching the top of Meabhal, I continued along the ridge to reach the summit of Bleabhal.

Looking towards Bleabhal from Meabhal:
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Summit trig point of Bleabhal:
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The views from the summit were pretty-good.

Taransay and Harris hills from summit of Bleabhal:
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View SE from summit of Bleabhal:
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Harris hills:
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From the summit, I made my way back towards Meabhal and then descended again via the grass-covered dyke. During the descent, I stopped to take a photo of Ceapabhal – another great wee Marilyn :D.

Ceapabhal and Scarasta beach from Meabhal:
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Bleabhal was a nice starter, the main course was yet to come.

I opted to leave Beinn Dhubh until after Bleabhal in order to reach the summit around about low-tide – turned out to be a good plan.

I drove to the road end at Losgaintir where there is a decent-sized car park.

Beinn Dhubh from start of walk at Losgaintir road-end:
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I was a bit envious of two campers, camped just above the beach. What a place to camp!

As I ascended Beinn Dhubh, and the tide went further and further out, the views got better and better.

Traigh Rosamol:
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Beinn Dhubh:
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Ascending Beinn Dhubh:
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Got a good view of Taransay during the ascent – wish I had a sea kayak!

Taransay from Beinn Dhubh:
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Luskentyre is a lovely beach. It looks tropical but don't be fooled, the water is baltic.

Luskentyre beach:
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The ascent of Beinn Dhubh was fairly steep. After passing a section of boulders, I reached an area with three cairns – all good viewpoints.

Luskentyre beach, Scarasta beach and Ceapabhal from Beinn Dhubh viewpoint cairns:
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Was nice to get views across to Tiorga Mor and Oireabhal and Uisgneabhal Mor – three fantastic Grahams.

Tiorga Mor and Oireabhal from Beinn Dhubh:
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Sron Scourst and Uisgneabhal Mor from Beinn Dhubh:
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An Cliseam looked pretty-good too. I am still debating whether to re-ascend An Cliseam during this trip or continue with Sub2000 Marilyns.

An Cliseam from Beinn Dhubh:
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From the viewpoint cairns it didn't take long to reach the summit. I spent some time at the summit soaking-in the views before descending via the same route.

Summit shelter and trig point of Beinn Dhubh:
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Myself at summit of Beinn Dhubh:
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Luskentyre beach from summit of Beinn Dhubh:
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I was pretty full-up with such a good starter and main course but decided to squeeze-in a pudding!

I made my way North from Harris to Lewis for an ascent of Sleiteachal Mhor. Parking was non-existent at the start – I managed to park at the end of a farm track without blocking the road. As I didn't want to upset the farmer, I did Sleiteachal Mhor at warp speed.

Ascent of Sleiteachal Mhor:
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The first two hills today were great. In comparison Sleiteachal Mhor was a disappointment. If this was the final of Masterchef, the pudding was the disaster.

The ascent was up grass – very wet grass! At one point, the water went in over the top of my gaiters. However, I plodded on and used my GPS to confirm the summit – as there is no summit feature on this hill.

Sleiteachal Mhor:
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The views from the summit weren't bad but nowhere near as nice as Harris.

View from summit of Sleiteachal Mhor:
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View from summit of Sleiteachal Mhor:
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I returned back to the car via the same route.

On returning to Tarbert, I met up with other Club members who had just arrived and I gratefully accepted a lift back to Harris to visit some beaches. We spent the next few hours at Scarasta beach and a beach at Seilebost. I went into the water up to my shins but wasn't brave enough to go in deeper – as the water was freezing cold.

Scarasta beach:
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A great day out :D :D :D.
Last edited by foggieclimber on Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:53 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Bleabhal, Beinn Dhubh and Sleiteachal Mhor

Postby PeteR » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:38 pm

Amazing stuff foggie 8) Some fantasic pictures there. You had perfect conditions for walking and for the pictures. I love the views of the west coast islands and the beautiful sandy beaches. That sky looked perfect too - a nice deep blue :D
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Re: Harris: Bleabhal, Beinn Dhubh and Sleiteachal Mhor

Postby Dmack » Sun May 01, 2011 9:57 pm

Thanks for sharing this Foggie. I hope to be on Harris in August and your report and great photos already have me making plans. I do enjoy sea views from my hills and you certainly get that on Harris.

Did you do any climbs in the North Harris hills?

Cheers,

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Re: Harris: Bleabhal, Beinn Dhubh and Sleiteachal Mhor

Postby HighlandSC » Mon May 02, 2011 12:32 am

Very nice 8)
I think the Islands, especially the Hebrides, offer some of the best scenery in Scotland. Visiting the Uists was a highlight of last year for me. I'd like to get to Lewis and Harris soon- more so after seeing this.
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Re: Harris: Bleabhal, Beinn Dhubh and Sleiteachal Mhor

Postby rockhopper » Mon May 02, 2011 1:41 am

Stunning - hard to beat the views and the beaches on the islands. Even better when you get the weather for it :D
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Re: Harris: Bleabhal, Beinn Dhubh and Sleiteachal Mhor

Postby kinley » Mon May 02, 2011 7:26 pm

8) 8) 8) 8)

Was wondering what you'd get up to when you mentioned the ferry :D

Looks great - hope to be there soon :D
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Re: Harris: Bleabhal, Beinn Dhubh and Sleiteachal Mhor

Postby foggieclimber » Tue May 03, 2011 8:52 am

Dmack wrote:Thanks for sharing this Foggie. I hope to be on Harris in August and your report and great photos already have me making plans. I do enjoy sea views from my hills and you certainly get that on Harris.

Did you do any climbs in the North Harris hills?

Cheers,

David


I did 8 Marilyns on this trip: Feiriosbhal, Bleabhal, Beinn Dhubh, Sleiteachal Mhor, Cearnabhal, Liuthaid, Sgaoth Aird and Forsnabhal.

Last year I ascended An Cliseam and the three Grahams in North Harris (Links in report above).
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Re: Harris: Bleabhal, Beinn Dhubh and Sleiteachal Mhor

Postby foggieclimber » Wed May 04, 2011 12:58 pm

A few more photos from the trip:

Luskentyre at sunset:
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Loch Seaforth and Seaforth Island:
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Shiant Islands:
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North Harris hills from Luskentyre beach:
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Uig beach:
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Callanish:
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Re: Harris: Bleabhal, Beinn Dhubh and Sleiteachal Mhor

Postby Red Peak » Wed May 04, 2011 1:26 pm

Some fantastic photos there. I love the one of Harris from Luskentyre beach - golden sands, blue sea, mountains, and devoid of people. Perfect ... 8)
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