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Cuilags

Cuilags


Postby litljortindan » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:44 pm

Route description: Cuilags, St John's Head and the Old Man of Hoy circuit

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Cuilags (Hoy)

Date walked: 06/07/2012

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 8 km

Ascent: 433m

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Set off from Aberdeenshire to get the Scrabster ferry. Fine views of the west coast cliffs on Hoy. A short wait in Stromness and then on to Hoy. The walk up Cuilags' east ridge is steep and grassy and the summit is a fantastic viewpoint. I'd planned to do a circular route onwards round St John's Head and the Old Man of Hoy but the skuas put me off and I settled for a walk to the start of the west coast cliffs.

Made a decision on the summit to head back down around 8pm to get the late ferry back to Stromness rather than bivvying as the weather was closing in a bit. Nice wee waiting room near the jetty and the mist was right down to sea level by the time the ferry left Hoy. Spent the night in luxury on the Scrabster ferry.

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the Auld Man

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St John's Head

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view north east from Cuilags summit

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another auld man

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shadows lengthening

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looking south east

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looking south west

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looking north west

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cloud cap on Cuilags

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next morning



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Last edited by litljortindan on Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:22 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Cuilags

Postby litljortindan » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:39 pm

Added some pictures to this, my first WH report. At the time I was getting to grips with posting so just put one picture on but thought it deserved a bit more in the way of illustration, hence a few additions. A really beautiful island.
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Re: Cuilags

Postby malky_c » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:51 pm

I like your photos, particularly of the Old Man :) . I definitely intend to slip over to Hoy next time I'm on Orkney.
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Re: Cuilags

Postby litljortindan » Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:06 pm

malky_c wrote:I like your photos, particularly of the Old Man :) . I definitely intend to slip over to Hoy next time I'm on Orkney.


Ward Hill for me next time or the cliffs south of Rackwick Bay.
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