Aoineadh Thapuill

Date walked: 12/05/2018

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 12km

Ascent: 400m

On my first visit to the Burg last year I could have included a loop round to the Aoineadh Thapuill or Ardmeanach cliffs but was on a tight schedule and decided to play safe by reversing my outward route.
This time though I came prepared for an overnight stay. Beautiful weather, an ahead of schedule ferry crossing at 12.50pm and no time pressure. What could possibly go wrong? Well pressure of different kind, or rather loss of it, as it turned out.
I carefully trundled up the bumpy Burg car park road and edged my way round a parked vehicle when bang! No, it wasn't Barry Scott with a cloth and some cleaning fluid. I had managed to acquire a flat tyre in probably the only way possible at that point. Having taken great pains to avoid the parked vehicle I had neglected to pay enough attention to the forward view and had shredded the driver side front tyre against a piece of metal protruding from the ground, the remains of an old gate post by the look of it.
I let out an involuntary yell of frustration which was met with concern from the occupants of the nearby house who immediately offered to take the afflicted wheel/tyre to the local garage. Given it was Saturday and there was no mobile phone signal I was only too glad to accept the offer. My car doesn't normally carry a spare wheel (but it does now!) and I doubted that the puncture repair kit would be much use but I could well have been wrong about that.
Three hours later I was ready to drive the last short distance to the car park and, as a bonus, the guy who helped with the trip to the garage also offered a trip to Tavool house in his ATV. This knocked 2.5miles off the outward route and was a big help given it was now getting on for 5.30pm.

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Sinking feeling.

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ATV track.

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Jura to the south.

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Cut off north before this lochan to follow a path that contours along the western slopes of Creach Bheinn, so creating a short cut and avoiding a bit of descent and reascent over possibly boggy ground.

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A shortcut.

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Gribun cliffs to the east.

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Rum and Skye to the north.

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A breathtaking transition from moor to clifftop. With little idea of what sort of view to expect (couldn't find any photos from this spot though I did find some taken from the bottom looking up) I had prepared myself for possible disappointment. No need for that though.

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A lot of debris below.

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One of several spectacular gullies along the way.

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Staffa bathed in evening light with a hazy Outer Hebrides beyond.

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Given I had played football the night before I found the five mile return route fairly easy and never had to use my head torch despite only reaching the car at midnight. Also, eschewing my sleeping bag and carry mat in favour of a cosier but more uncomfortable night in the car didn't cause me any problems.
Having been reminded that a puncture repair kit can deal with 85% of punctures I've decided on adding a spare wheel to the armoury. I suppose only ever having one flat tyre previously had made me complacent.

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