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Heaval - Barra

Heaval - Barra


Postby FloozySuzie » Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:06 am

Route description: Heaval, from Castlebay

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Sheabhal (Barra)

Date walked: 09/09/2010

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Myself and a friend from uni travelled the Outer Hebrides over 9 days in the middle of September, staying in every island along the way. On our first day, after a 7 hour ferry ride from Oban, we tackled Heaval on Barra.

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Heaval from the ferry.


On the walk there, we bumped into a guy who had just climbed it telling us ‘it’s a doddle’. Great! We thought. The top of it was covered in clag, but we hoped for the best.

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Looking up at the 'doddle'.


The whole way up was pretty boggy, but especially the foot of the hill. No midges were about luckily.

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Castlebay.


Soon after starting, we both realised it definitely was not going to be a doddle. We are not hill fit (or any fit for that matter!), so it proved to be a bit of a challenge.

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About ¾ of the way up there is a statue, which i’m guessing is Mary and Jesus.

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Last steep climb to the top.


Unfortunately the clag never went anywhere, so the apparent great views of Barra vanished.
My aunt had bought me a Balmoral hat, and sent me it, wanting me to get pictures taken with it everywhere. And so the first one was taken...

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Timer.


And another one...

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It was an amazing start to the holiday, which turned out to be one i will never, ever forget.
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Re: Heaval - Barra

Postby Craiging619 » Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:53 pm

Pity the cloud never cleared, the views at the top are something else on a clear day.

FloozySuzie wrote:On the walk there, we bumped into a guy who had just climbed it telling us ‘it’s a doddle’. Great! We thought.


Yeah, it's only really a doddle in the sense that it's small. The going is relentlessly steep, especially the last 100m, but once you reach the summit I guess you've conquered Barra! :D
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Re: Heaval - Barra

Postby mountain coward » Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:22 am

My God, there's a path! :o There was never one when I was there! Here's my pics of it - doubt I'll be putting out a post on it now... In the sense that you walk all the Hebridean hills from sea-level, I don't suppose any of them can be classed as a doddle particularly...

Heaval fm Brevig trees.jpg
Heaval fm Brevig.jpg
Heaval Summit.jpg
Heaval Lady&Child.jpg
Heaval Lady view.jpg
Heaval @ sunset.jpg
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Re: Heaval - Barra

Postby kevsbald » Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:29 am

Beware the walker who describes hill as a 'doddle' - it's psychologically damaging as you relax and prepare for a 'just over this bit' moment. Sounds like it was an interesting trip.
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Re: Heaval - Barra

Postby FloozySuzie » Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:07 pm

Wow MC, your photos are amazing. Lets me see what we missed :( Never mind, it was a lot of fun. I fell in love with Barra, so it will be done again.

And yes Kev 'interesting' is a good word to describe our holiday!
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Re: Heaval - Barra

Postby mountain coward » Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:41 pm

Barra is superb for cycling round for a day - you can hire bikes on the island and just cycle right round in a day and visit lots of beaches and stuff. Makes a great day out. Just don't choose a windy one!
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