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Eabhal

Eabhal


Postby magicdin » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:26 pm

Route description: Eaval (Eabhal), North Uist

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Eaval (North Uist)

Date walked: 13/07/2011

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 580m

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Eabhal was my hill for today
Couldn't find the insect repellant so stopped off in Baile a'Mhanaich to buy some.
Double causeway to cross this morning - touching the north tip Grimsay
How does that go again
"Oh,Oh Grimsay, a thousand delights
Couldn't match the sweet sights
Of my Grimsay"

Err - or maybe not :oops:

Once on North Uist it is not a long drive out by Loch Euphort to Clachan Bhuirabhal
There is enough parking for about 6 cars next to the wee art studio.
Started walking just after 9 and along the path by Loch Obasaraigh.
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Eabhal from Clachan Bhuirabhal

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Stepping Stones

The path was fine in the dry conditions but I imagine would be a bit of a glaur after wet weather.
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Approaching Burabhal

Wondered whether to go over Burabhal first but opted to contour round and head for Eabhal.
An hour or so found me at the base of the hill.
Eabhal is only 347 metres but it's isolation makes it look bigger.
In my mind it looks a bit of a miniature Blabheinn.
Small it may be, only 1100 feet to climb, but my lack of fitness sure told on this wee hill,what a pech.
The summit cone just didn't seem to be getting any closer,but eventually reached the trig point.
Glad to sit for a bit of a rest.
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Eabhal trig point

A bit of cloud had come in over the top as I struggled up, so the views were not very clear.
Anyway it was still well before mid-day so could afford to wait for a while for a clearance.
Wandered out to the large cairn and back, and the cloud did lift and break a bit.
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Clearing a bit

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Lochans

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Looking over to Burabhal

Started back down after an hour at the top and decided to take the short detour to the cave marked on the map.
By the time I reached the base of the cave the top of Eabhal was completely clear.
A mild scramble of about fifteen feet brings to the level floor of the cave.
The cave is about 30 feet long, ten-twelve feet high - not the best of photos.
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In the cave

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Below the cave

Back down for the rucsac and the wander up to Burabhal before the pleasant amble back to the car
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Eabhal from Burabhal

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From Burabhal - The walk out

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Last view of Eabhal - from the stepping stones

This is a really grand half days walk - one of the highlights of my wee trip to the hebrides. :D

I had been told that the Westford Inn was a good place for a beer - and so it was :thumbup:


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Last edited by magicdin on Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:48 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Eabhal

Postby kevsbald » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:42 pm

You must have been doing 88 mph as you drove along that road - 13/8/2011?

Run for it Marty!!
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Re: Eabhal

Postby magicdin » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:51 pm

kevsbald wrote:You must have been doing 88 mph as you drove along that road - 13/8/2011?

Run for it Marty!!


Oops - sorted now - Ta ! - no wonder I felt knackered
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Re: Eabhal

Postby foggieclimber » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:52 pm

Great to see Eabhal again. It is a good wee hill.
North Lee and South Lee are also worth a visit, as is the Lochmaddy Hotel afterwards. :)
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Re: Eabhal

Postby HighlandSC » Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:56 pm

Yep, good to see this hill again - we went up it on a perfect day in may last year - one of my best days yet. Views unlike anything you'll find on the mainland. (and also the worst midge attack I've had!).

Nice to see the cave- if we had time we wanted to check it out, and also fancied going over Burabhal , but up against the clock to catch the ferry home we didn't risk it. Will definitely be back though :)
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Re: Eabhal

Postby mack3n21e » Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:25 pm

Ah good old Eabhal, been up this hill a few times as i,'m from North Uist. Just so happens i was there myself with the missus and kids a few weeks ago also at the cave. It is indeed a nice day out for fishing aswell. got a wee pic of cave here too.
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. Absolute breathtaking views from Eabhal looking over North Uist, makes me home sick looking at the pics.
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Re: Eabhal

Postby magicdin » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:29 am

mack3n21e wrote:Ah good old Eabhal, been up this hill a few times as i,'m from North Uist. Just so happens i was there myself with the missus and kids a few weeks ago also at the cave. It is indeed a nice day out for fishing aswell. got a wee pic of cave here too.
summer hols 2011 etc 253.jpg
. Absolute breathtaking views from Eabhal looking over North Uist, makes me home sick looking at the pics.
mobile pics 068.jpg


Far better picture of the cave :thumbup: - great place The Uists
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