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In the footsteps of Calum - exploring Raasay
by Jaxter » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:44 pm
Route description: Dun Caan
Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Beinn na h-Iolaire, Dun Caan (Raasay)
Date walked: 15/07/2018
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 22.59 km
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Arriving on Skye, it was a bit of a change to Costa del Glencoe… While I had been sunning myself on the mainland everyone else had been getting a drenching and/or hiding inside from the elements
Sunday 15th July – adventures on Raasay and Fladday
4 hours 30 minutes
We spent the morning drinking hot chocolate at Portnalong before going our separate ways – Malcy and I headed for Sconser where we waited for the ferry to Raasay. The weather was already improving
The short ferry ride was used for checking weather and making plans – when we arrived on Raasay we stopped by the new distillery before heading down the road. We had both read Calum’s Road and although Malcy had been to Raasay before I was very excited to be here for the first time
Reaching Brochel Castle there was a plaque commemorating Calum’s road
Raasay is weird
We reached the end of the road at Arnish
We set off with heavy packs and instantly regretted big loads as it was a steep uphill through the trees I was also glad that I’d managed to fit my share of the logs into my rucksack Climbing above Torran we were able to see back to Loch Arnish
Reaching the high point – Malcy showing off his logs
As Malcy is a hardcore Marilyn-bagger he wanted to go up Beinn na h-Iolaire, one of Raasay’s two Marilyns. We dumped our packs at the high point and we felt like we were floating as we made our way the short distance to the summit.
The views were awesome despite the wee bit of cloud still blowing around – turns out the Eagle’s Hill was aptly named
We carried on along the path – at one point we’d thought this might have been the bothy but on closer inspection….we were relieved that it wasn’t
We did start to get slightly concerned that we had missed it, and we had finally lost our 4G signal Climbing up a wee hillock it turned out we were in exactly the right place
Wahey – bothy ahoy
The family who had left stuff in the bothy were in the process of moving things down to their beachside camp spot – beautiful I’m sure but I’m not sure how much they would have enjoyed the midges and heavy rain all night
Malcy managed to put together a very broken grate to make us something of a fire, and I attempted to tune the guitar (the G string was snapped making it a losing battle ) We had a great evening of a lot of food, card games and then more food. Fortunately Malcy had brought his hip flask as I’d managed to forget the hot chocolate, something I’ll not be forgiven for in a hurry
The following morning dawned with much better visibility and no rain – huzzah
After a leisurely breakfast we finally got going - looking back to Eilean Tigh and Rona
Looking back it could almost have been the Mediterranean
We decided that we could take a wee diversion and pop across to Fladday - heading down towards the causeway the views were awesome
Malcy and Fladday
Malcy thought he was hilarious taking photos of me incase I fell in…I disappointed him on this occasion
Fortunately the tide was on the way out (we actually thought it was coming in but a man we met on Fladday put us right He also suggested walking to the high point of the island which we did )
Skye from Fladday
Looking across to the Red Cuillin
Nearly back we could see across to the Storr
Monday 16th July 2018 – Dun Caan
1 hour 30 mins
Before long we were back at the car and headed back down the road – we stopped off for a wander down to Brochel Castle before heading along the road to Dun Caan
Loch na Meilich
The Skye Bridge
Teaching Malcy the ways
I struggle to climb up onto the trig….Malcy taking advantage
We were enjoying the views and eating chocolate nipples (Hob Nob chocolate marshmallow things ) when we realised we were cutting it pretty fine for the ferry… We ran down to the car and Malcy put his foot down (we reached about 30mph at one point ) and we made it to the ferry with a couple of minutes to spare. Phew
Looking down the cliffs
Heading for Portree and hot chocolate I was excited to see the Storr from this angle – I only ever go to Portree when it’s raining and the visibility is down
And later on, leaving Skye the weather was definitely improving
It was time for some more hot chocolate at Shiel Bridge before Malcy headed home and I got some sleep before the next day’s adventures
by Alteknacker » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:11 pm
Love that last sundown pic .
by malky_c » Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:58 am
by Jaxter » Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:34 pm
Alteknacker wrote:Heck, it's clear I shouldn't have given up on the Sunday - you had some superb weather on the Monday (though I know Malky would dress like that any time the temperature is above zero ).
Love that last sundown pic .
Yes, it was a much better day on Sunday than expected and Monday was a belter!
Skye is stunning isn't it
malky_c wrote:Ah, good memories of that weekend (apart from the weather on Saturday, that is ).
I thought you liked a good coastal walk, no?
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