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Soggy stroll south of Elgol to Prince Charlie's Cave

Soggy stroll south of Elgol to Prince Charlie's Cave

Postby denfinella » Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:29 pm

Route description: Prince Charlie's Cave, Elgol

Date walked: 19/08/2015

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 4 km

Ascent: 170m

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Blue skies as we left the Blaven car park at the end of another brilliant hill walk, but arriving in Elgol we were greeted by a totally different view. The rain band had arrived...


For now the rain was light, but it was blowing directly in our faces as we headed south along the coast, all the way to Prince Charlie's Cave near the beach at Port an Luig Mhoir. The path was clear but often wet underfoot, requiring a few strategic long jumps to retain dry feet. The stack at Suidhe nan Eun was worth a visit, but the headland at Suidhe Biorach wasn't very nice in driving rain!




The path down to the beach led right into a bog, so we diverted around the base of the cliffs a little way to find a dry route to the beach. A nice, quiet place even in the rain.


The tide was well out but in the rain the rocks were horrendously slippy! Teetering around a low headland, the cliffs got more impressive with a couple of tidal caves which joined up with each other.


The proper cave required a scramble up a few rocks into the muddy entrance - perfect timing as the rain intensified. We explored all the way to the back of a cave, a phone torch helping to avoid tripping on slippery rocks, which were covered in all sorts. Interesting enough, but you wouldn't want to spend a night there... :crazy:




Instead of passing round the slippery headland on the way back, we cut though a gully behind - smelly and covered in beach debris, but much easier underfoot. Washed up plank of mussels:


Happily the wind was behind us on the way back! Plenty to see on this bit of coastline, even if the weather didn't impress...

Skye 2015:
Morning: Blaven: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=56300
Next day: Fingal's Pinnacles: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=56350
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