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Macleod's Stone - not a cloud to be seen

Macleod's Stone - not a cloud to be seen


Postby denfinella » Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:59 am

Route description: Macleod's Stone and Traigh Iar

Date walked: 26/05/2018

Time taken: 1 hours

Distance: 3 km

Ascent: 70m

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<< previous day: Scalpay Heritage Trail

Cloudless skies forecast for Saturday... again! Unlike yesterday it was bluebird right from the word go, so it was looking like a bit of a scorcher. Fortunately we had a gentle morning planned, and a strong breeze accompanied us up to Dun Bhuirgh: a hill fort above Borve, with a waymarked route to get to it. More terns nesting around here, and a bit more dive-bombing resulted.

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Next we went to explore nearby Traigh Mhor. This is a large beach with no obvious access to it, so we parked at Bagh Steinigidh and clambered along the coast from there. A bit of easy scrambling involved, but lots to see including a few rock pools which are few and far between in this part of Harris. Traigh Mhor:

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Sea thrift:

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Rock pool life:

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Bagh Steinigidh where we parked:

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After returning to the car we drove a short distance north to visit Traigh Iar, Traigh Niosaboist and the Macleod Stone on the headland in between them. Here's the route:


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Traigh Iar:

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It's worth mentioning that this was late morning on a bank holiday weekend with a great weather forecast, and the beaches are right next to the main road. As you can see, they weren't exactly crowded! :D

Looking back to the beach:

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Macleod's Stone:

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The headland has a 60 metre-high summit with good views north towards Luskentyre:

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Finally we headed down towards Traigh Niosaboist on the other side of the peninsula neck:

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After an easy morning, our afternoon plans involved a bit more effort: a hill was on the cards. But first we stopped off at the southern viewpoint for Luskentyre Bay, which looked even more tropical than usual today:

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Who needs the Caribbean when we have this in Scotland?

>> afternoon: Beinn Dubh
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Re: Macleod's Stone - not a cloud to be seen

Postby kevsbald » Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:29 am

Got to get back to Harris. Magical
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Re: Macleod's Stone - not a cloud to be seen

Postby denfinella » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:03 am

kevsbald wrote:Got to get back to Harris. Magical


Magical indeed. Not many other places like it...
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