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Fiskavaig to Talisker Bay to Geodh a' Mhadaidh

Fiskavaig to Talisker Bay to Geodh a' Mhadaidh


Postby litljortindan » Thu May 11, 2017 10:20 pm

Route description: Fiskavaig coastal circuit

Date walked: 08/05/2017

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 200m

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Quite a level and easy track from the Fiskavaig road to Talisker Bay

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Not my favourite sort of weather -bright and sunny but preferred my more gloomy visit here last October

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But the long shadows add to the scene

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Rum peeking out on the right there

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MacLeod's Maidens just visible

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Not bad going up to this point, as I pretty much knew, but the need to cut a corner to save time led us over some pretty rough ground hereafter

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Maidens again

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Ok, so sunny weather can produce a nice sunset sometimes -prefer a bit of cloud with it though

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A happy one day after my 50th birthday -wife not quite so happy with all the bog trotting though; mind you it was me that went into the only actual sinky bit we encountered

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Good views north tempered by wet leg

Quite a battle getting round Geodh a' Mhadaidh. Maybe should have aimed for closer to the coast but quite steep sided and Jill's not so happy on steep ground so went the whole hog up and out through character building thickets of small trees. A couple of unwelcome barbed wire crossings ensued and we were met near the roadside by an amused crofter who jokingly asked what we were doing on her land.
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Re: Fiskavaig to Talisker Bay to Geodh a' Mhadaidh

Postby Mal Grey » Fri May 12, 2017 10:08 am

Another reminder of how amazing Skye is. Not only does it have the most spectacular mountains in Scotland, but also some of the best coastlines too...
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Re: Fiskavaig to Talisker Bay to Geodh a' Mhadaidh

Postby litljortindan » Sun May 14, 2017 11:34 am

Mal Grey wrote:Another reminder of how amazing Skye is. Not only does it have the most spectacular mountains in Scotland, but also some of the best coastlines too...


Yes, a lot of good cliff-top walking to be had there.
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Re: Fiskavaig to Talisker Bay to Geodh a' Mhadaidh

Postby malky_c » Sat May 20, 2017 10:14 pm

Definitely worth a look :) . I have some vague backpacking plans starting around Fiskivaig and going to Broadford via Coruisk and Elgol, but it looks like the key is to skip some of the summits (which look a bit boggy) and stick to the cliff tops.
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Re: Fiskavaig to Talisker Bay to Geodh a' Mhadaidh

Postby litljortindan » Tue May 23, 2017 10:59 pm

malky_c wrote:Definitely worth a look :) . I have some vague backpacking plans starting around Fiskivaig and going to Broadford via Coruisk and Elgol, but it looks like the key is to skip some of the summits (which look a bit boggy) and stick to the cliff tops.


That would be some trip.
I can see now on bing maps all the terrain between Fiskavaig and Talisker that isn't depicted on the 1:50000 OS map. I don't possess a smart phone so didn't anticipate the knobbliness and squelchiness of the route I dragged my screaming wife across. Maybe I should invest in a new phone (or research a bit better!).
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Re: Fiskavaig to Talisker Bay to Geodh a' Mhadaidh

Postby rockhopper » Tue May 23, 2017 11:59 pm

Have stayed in Portnalong in the past and did some exploring but don't think I made it this far west - definitely worth a look and spending some time over there

litljortindan wrote:Not my favourite sort of weather -bright and sunny but preferred my more gloomy visit here last October.
:shock: :eh: can't be many who'd say this about the Skye weather :wink: :wink: - cheers :)
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Re: Fiskavaig to Talisker Bay to Geodh a' Mhadaidh

Postby litljortindan » Wed May 24, 2017 9:54 pm

rockhopper wrote:Have stayed in Portnalong in the past and did some exploring but don't think I made it this far west - definitely worth a look and spending some time over there

litljortindan wrote:Not my favourite sort of weather -bright and sunny but preferred my more gloomy visit here last October.
:shock: :eh: can't be many who'd say this about the Skye weather :wink: :wink: - cheers :)


In this area the walk I enjoyed most was last year over the cliff tops south of Talisker Bay. This walk was good too but a bit rough after half way.
Yes, blue sky over-rated but I'll put up with it if I really must.
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