Cacra Hill Circular

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Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Cacra Hill
Date walked: 14/04/2024
Distance: 4km
Ascent: 250m
Views: 5

Sgarbh Breac from Bunnahabhain

Sub 2000s: Sgarbh Breac (Islay)

Date walked: 03/04/2024

Time taken: 2.75 hours

Distance: 9.2km

Ascent: 340m

This was the second - and as it turned out the last - sub I would squeeze into our recent Islay holiday.
I parked on the grassy area at the start of a track at the top of the Bunnahabhain road, just before it turns the corner and ends at the distillery. I started the walk heading west along the track, past a house and then turning north. I crossed the Margadale River on the footbridge, which seemed to be being guarded by a lone sheep.

Alejandro guarding the Margadale River bridge

Ascending a short, steep section of stony path brought me onto a rather boggy track following the coast north.

View across the Sound of Islay to the Paps of Jura

Sgarbh Breac

Before reaching the Allt Bhachlaig I followed a track north-west inland with a view to following it west of Sgarbh Breac and ascending from there. After a few hundred meters though, and seeing the lie of the land I decided it would be better to approach the summit from the south. So I turned north on a faint path, crossed the Allt Bhachlaig and continued on up over mostly pathless ground.


It turned out there is a better track heading in more-or-less this direction, which I would have come to if I'd stayed on the coastal path until just over the Allt Bhachlaig. Sadly this isn't marked on the OS map, though it is on Locus. There's a lesson there - I need to check more than one map source when looking for the best routes :lol:

Even so, the going wasn't too bad - at this time of year mainly low heather and short, patchy grass, becoming increasingly rocky on the way up. At the top the trig is surrounded by a stone shelter. Interestingly the shelter contains it's own microcosm of plants that wouldn't survive on the surrounding windswept summit. It was windy and chilly and I was glad of the shelter. The views were excellent over Islay and surrounding islands as far north as Mull and Tiree.

Sgarbh Breac summit trig and shelter

Looking down the Sound of Islay between Jura and Islay

View south

View south-west to Loch Gruinart

Colonsay, with Mull in the distance

Looking towards Mull, with Ben More in the clouds

Looking at the north part of Jura, and Scarba beyond

The Paps of Jura

Last look at the summit while heading down

I headed down to the west, with the aim of picking up the track I missed on the way up. I did this, and followed it for a bit, but then changed my mind and decided to take a more direct off-track route back to the coastal path. I then followed it south for a bit, then went down onto the beach a bit north of Bunnahabhain. It's a rare feat to walk from summit to sea level, so I dipped my feet into the Sound of Islay in celebration.

Down on the beach, heading towards Bunnahabhain distillery


The walk along the beach added a novel aspect to a hill walk, with a natural arch passed through, recrossing the river back at the foot bridge, a pair of swans, climbing down a sheer rocky outcrop and then re-joining the road where it ends at the water by the distillery.


Looking back at Sgarbh Breac with swans in the foreground



An entertaining hike with many deer spotted (but never snapped) and the Paps of Jura constantly singing their siren song across the Sound at me. I promised them I'd be back one day and make the crossing to Jura to visit.

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