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Kylerhea circuit

Kylerhea circuit

Postby m3doc » Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:14 am

Route description: Kylerhea hills circuit

Fionas included on this walk: Beinn na Caillich (Kylerhea), Sgùrr na Coinnich

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Ben Aslak

Date walked: 27/09/2015

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 13.6 km

Ascent: 1242m

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From the Wildlife car park on left of single track road overlooking Kylerhea, the route up Beinn Bhuidhe is pathless and tussocky but becomes easier after passing initial stone outcrop. The second of two cairns marks 488m summit. Continue onwards 500m and up 50m then rising traverse right to Bealach nam Mulachag 578m with further views of Kyle and Skye Bridge. The path rises up Beinn na Caillich initially to left, at right side of scree, traverses right above rock outcrops then up midline of ridge to summit cairn 732m. Descent by same route back to bealach and up by grassy left gully to trig point Sgurr na Coinnich 739m. Descent SW then SSW down easy grassy slopes initially then on left of stream steeply between and around stone outcrops towards mast at Bealach Udal whence a path goes most of the way up Beinn Bheag before cutting left to the col between it and Ben Aslak 909m (demoted from 910m Graham; my GPS made both W and E cairns 1990 feet, the other 2 being 1980 and 1975 feet). Descent E down easy grassy ridge until last 100m becoming steep then tussocky with bracken and brambles near the sheep folds at red iron roofed hut from where a path crosses left over open field to a footbridge and by track and road back to car. A few small roe deer were spotted down by the croft road and ptarmigan on Ben Aslak

Apologies photos are in reverse order - I forgot to upload them in reverse order so they would be in right sequence :(
Ben Aslak's E descent ridge with Kylerhea and Glenelg
Ben Aslak E cairn with Sgurr na Coinnich, Beinns Caillich and Buidhe
Two of the three Ptarmigan on Ben Aslak
Ben Aslak's W summit cairn towards E cairn
Sgurr na Coinnich from first of Ben Aslak's three infinity pools
Looking back at descent from Sgurr na Coinnich (roughly midway between top and power-line pole by a stream between rocky outcrops)
Approaching Bealach Udal with mast track from where path goes up towards Beinn Bheag
Descending Sgurr na Coinnich towards Ben Aslak with Beinn Bheag lower right
Sgurr na Coinnich trig cyclinder towards Ben Aslak and it's descent ridge
Bealach nam Mulachag showing grassy route up to dip left of centre for Sgurr na Coinnich
Beinn na Caillich's 2 summit cairns
Beinn na Caillich summit cairn towards Sgurr na Coinnich
Approaching Beinn na Caillich summit cairn
Skye Bridge from Bealch nam Mulachag
Bealach nam Mulachag showing route up Beinn na Caillich trending left from col above boulders with rising traverse right above stone outcrop then straight up centre.
Beinn Buidhe summit with Ben Aslak and descent ridge dropping left
Beinn Buidhe east cairn towards Sgurr na Coinnich, Bealach nam Mulachag and Beinn na Caillich
Beinn Bhuidhe slopes from wildlife car park

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Last edited by m3doc on Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:01 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Kylerhea circuit

Postby BlackPanther » Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:59 pm

I'm glad these hills are getting more publicity, they are an amazing trio and much neglected, being at the forgotten end of Skye...

I celebrated my 25th Graham on Aslak, two months later it got demoted and I was down to 24 :lol: :lol: :lol:
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