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A windy night on Beinn na Chaillich ..Skye

A windy night on Beinn na Chaillich ..Skye

Postby DonnyW » Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:36 pm

Route description: Beinn na Caillich and the Broadford Red Hills

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn Dearg Mhor (Broadford), Beinn na Caillich (Broadford)

Date walked: 30/08/2008

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 8 km

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I don’t know about you guys, but I was dreaming of better weather and some summer sun, until I was rudely awoken last night with the pre easter storm dumping another dose of snow over my local hills. Unable to get out today, I spent some time browsing the forum walks and was surprised to see so few reports on Skye so here is one from my past life when I was staying in Broadford.

It was a lovely summers evening and I had just finished work, scoffed a greasy fish supper, and was wondering what to do with myself. I had often looked at Beinn na Chaillich which dominates the sky line behind the village and wondered what it would be like trying to run up its rocky sides.

That night I thought it would be a great way to work off the fats of the slowly digesting lump of fries lying in my stomach, so without further ado, I was off at a trot and heading for the hills.

Beinn na Chaillich behind Broadford on Skye

The fries bounced gently in my gut as I jogged along the road towards Old Corry. Then they turned a couple of times as I crossed the heather towards the base of the Caillich. I could feel my internal digestive engine working like a well filled washing machine as I worked myself into a lather on the ever steepening slopes. When I started jumping from stone to stone on the steep convex sides my digestive juices really started to flow. It was now becoming hard work as my supper seemed to enter the spin cycle.

The rocky flanks of the Chaillich are steeper than you think ..could they avalanche ?

Eventually the slope started to ease and so did the weight in my stomach.
As I looked back down the slope towards loch Cill Chriosd, I could feel the chips sink slowly to my lower intestines.


A little further on and I paused to look back over Broadford. It was a wonderful view on such a beautiful summers evening but I was a little surprised there was not a breath of wind …yet.


Finally I made the summit and it surprised me that it was only a couple of hours since eating the first few chips.

The cairn looked as big as the mound of fries did when I first unwrapped my supper in village far below.

Looking over the red Cuillin towards Portree I though I could feel the first puffs of wind billowing softly in my face in the cooling evening air


As the sun started to set over the distant Cuillin, I couldn’t help but wonder if that was a muffled rumble of thunder I heard ?

Things can change quickly on the Scottish hills. You have to be prepared for all kinds of weather and emergencies. :shock:


A little later, I ran all the way back to Broadford with a skip in my step. I felt a lot lighter and happier following my exercise. It was now time for a pint or three in the Dunollie before bed.

The next morning I stopped and smiled to myself as I took this photo of the Chaillich reflected in Loch Cill Chriosd. I was thinking of the old legend that there is a Norwegian Princess buried under the summit cairn.

Hmmmm ..I know there is something else buried under that pile of stones :lol:


Ahhhh happy memories of Broadford ..sadly..having now written this ..I have woken to the fact the rain is hammering on my window pane and its freezing cold and dark outside. Roll on the better weather
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Re: A windy night on Beinn na Chaillich ..Skye

Postby mountain coward » Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:19 am

Hmmm - that hill looks a monster! All steep and loose and 'orrid! Is there an easy way up round the back which isn't quite so steep/loose? If you mean could it rock-avalanche, I often wonder that myself when I'm clambering up super-steep boulder fields!
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Re: A windy night on Beinn na Chaillich ..Skye

Postby gaffr » Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:13 am

Beautiful images, as usual,coming out of your camera. When staying for the week-end at the old schoolhouse at Torrin, a few years back, a few of the folks had an enjoyable day on these 'Elsies'...well maybe one of then is an Elsie? and recommended them....I've still to get there!
many thanks.
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Re: A windy night on Beinn na Chaillich ..Skye

Postby malky_c » Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:31 am

Lovely. Not done these yet either, but you've definitely put me in the mood of a nice summers evening hill now! Sadly most of my Red Cuillin experiences haven't been quite as picturesque...
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Re: A windy night on Beinn na Chaillich ..Skye

Postby ianaird » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:00 am

Nice wee hill that Donny,been up it 2 or 3 times before and planning a wee jaunt up there tomorrow but doubt i will do it in 2 hrs :shock:
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Re: A windy night on Beinn na Chaillich ..Skye

Postby Caberfeidh » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:53 am

DonnyW wrote: there is something else buried under that pile of stones

That is desecration of an ancient monument !!! :lol: Excellent pics.
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