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over the hill -Sithean Bhealaich Chumhaing from Toravaig

over the hill -Sithean Bhealaich Chumhaing from Toravaig


Postby litljortindan » Tue May 02, 2017 9:40 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Sithean Bhealaich Chumhaing

Date walked: 30/04/2017

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 7 km

Ascent: 283m

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More like Ben Tianavaig than expected and the finer of those twins IMO, with its more direct and steeper views down to the water.
An interesting mix of blustery and still, cold and warm, fine drizzle and clear.

So, the end of April had approached and still no walk done that month. Since January 2013 I've successfully kept a promise to myself of at least one small bump per month. With forecasts of bright but blustery weather I'd set my sights low and headed for more coastal walking on the west of Skye. In the event I was a bit fed up with the driving and Sithean Bhealaich Chumhaing came to mind as an alternative, just after I'd passed Sligachan, bound for Dunvegan. I doubled back and set off for Portree instead.
Didn't expect much at all from the walk other than a poor man's Tianavaig with lesser views, harder access and rougher ground. Wrong on most points there. This is a fantastic wee walk with very dramatic views down to the water and beyond and mostly over a covering of short, sheep-shorn grass. One stile to cross and that's it as far as obstacles go from the Toravaig side. I did manage to mess that up a bit though on the way up as I followed the left fork of the farm track when I should have gone right and so ended up with a couple of barbed wire crossings.
And this turned out to be the last walk of my forties, despite all the good weather up to and on my birthday. Best laid plans and all that. Still, those first fifty years were pretty good walking wise -injury aside, wouldn't change too much about that.


ImageDSCN8600 by John Little, on Flickr
The only barbed wire fence crossing is via this stile -if you go the right way!

ImageDSCN8609 by John Little, on Flickr
Zoom to Dun Caan on Raasay.

ImageDSCN8617 by John Little, on Flickr
Looking back west into Loch Portree.

ImageDSCN8618 by John Little, on Flickr
Zoom to Black Cuillin.

ImageDSCN8633 by John Little, on Flickr
Portree top right.

ImageDSCN8662 by John Little, on Flickr
Red Cuillin to the south.

ImageDSCN8690 by John Little, on Flickr

ImageDSCN8702 by John Little, on Flickr
One of the many crags along the way to the top.

ImageDSCN8704 by John Little, on Flickr
A bit of subsidence?

ImageDSCN8730 by John Little, on Flickr
Trig point.

ImageDSCN8733 by John Little, on Flickr
Another view of Dun Caan.

ImageDSCN8736 by John Little, on Flickr

ImageDSCN8760 by John Little, on Flickr
Summit again.

ImageDSCN8762 by John Little, on Flickr

ImageDSCN8763 by John Little, on Flickr
Seascape.

ImageDSCN8764 by John Little, on Flickr

ImageDSCN8769 by John Little, on Flickr
The top again.

ImageDSCN8773 by John Little, on Flickr
An aesthetically pleasing shape I think.

ImageDSCN8789 by John Little, on Flickr
View south from near the top with its twin Tianavaig prominent.

ImageDSCN8794 by John Little, on Flickr

ImageDSCN8806 by John Little, on Flickr
Northward continuation of the escarpment with The Storr top left.

ImageDSCN8822 by John Little, on Flickr

ImageDSCN8823 by John Little, on Flickr

ImageDSCN8826 by John Little, on Flickr

ImageDSCN8853 by John Little, on Flickr
Crags just south of the top.

ImageDSCN8861 by John Little, on Flickr
A couple at the trig point lend scale.

ImageDSCN8864 by John Little, on Flickr

ImageDSCN8865 by John Little, on Flickr

ImageDSCN8872 by John Little, on Flickr
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Re: over the hill -Sithean Bhealaich Chumhaing from Toravaig

Postby litljortindan » Sun May 14, 2017 12:32 pm

Now with explanatory text.
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Posts: 1956
Munros:115   Corbetts:58
Grahams:28   Donalds:1
Sub 2000:47   Hewitts:12
Wainwrights:10   
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