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the guardians of Talisker Bay and the stallion head

Date walked: 15/05/2021

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 9km

Ascent: 600m



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The welcoming committee with Preshal More behind.

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Black Cuillin to the south east.

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I ascended Preshal More from the north. Here is some detail of its basalt columns.

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MacLeod's Maidens to the north.

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Another member of the welcoming committee pointing out the way.
I wouldn't recommend going this way if the grass is wet; a slip could easily lead to a collision with one of the many rocks that pepper the grassy gully.

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View south to Preshal Beg.

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Canna in the background I think.

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View of Talisker Bay forever from Preshal More cairn.

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Outer Hebrides.

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View from just south of summit cairn.

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I was not keen on descending via any of the gullies so made my way to the north east corner of the summit area, where I had ascended from.

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There is Preshal Beg again.

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Here is the easy path you can follow to descend south if, like me, you don't fancy the gullies.

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Fairly easy ground between the two hills, if a bit soggy in places. Preshal Beg ahead.

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A bit of cloud brewing over Beinn Bhreac.

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There's no wind now and I find the last few metres to the top of Preshal Beg a bit tough going.

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But the reward of reaching the summit beallach is a fine view of Rum and Canna.

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The Storr is prominent to the north north east.

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Another lone waymarking sheep.

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MacLeod's Maidens again.

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A hint of a shower in the cloud,

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And cloud to the south getting a little denser by the look of it.

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It is interesting to wander about on the summit area but the south west facing slopes are too convex and unbroken to yield views of the rocks below. In retrospect I should have spent more time looking but next time...

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Another easy descent.

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I follow the grassy edge above the deposits of rockfall for a short distance but soon drop to flatter ground.

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Might have got better photos by sticking to the foot of the columns but still interesting I think.

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At last, a sizeable break in the wall. This might provide a good spot for taking photos looking down on some of the columns; for future reference.

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Once round the nose of Preshal Beg, Preshal More comes into sight again.

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I descend following an atv track headed in the Talisker House direction. View looking back up at Preshal Beg. If I'd had more time I would have diverted west to explore more of the coastal scenery south of Biod Ruadh which is where I got to on my last visit to the area.

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My only real mistake the whole morning was crossing this burn west, thinking I'd be able to contour along the hillside. However, the burn heads down a steep-sided gorge so I eventually had to find a re-crossing point which necessitated getting the feet wet but nothing more. So my advice would be to stay on the east side of the Sleadale Burn even if that doesn't look the best option from above.

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A few wee waterfalls add to the interest.

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Not seen this style before, I think. I was a little bit surprised to find this is followed by an exit through a gate in what looks like someone's garden.

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Fourth last look at the mighty, brooding Preshal More against a now darkening sky.

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Passed the menagerie of screeching peacocks then set off from the now busy car park but my route was again blocked by the locals:

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One or two drops of precipitation on the way home but almost nothing.


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Activity: Mountaineer
Mountain: Alligin
Place: Assynt

Munros: 117
Corbetts: 61
Grahams: 28
Donalds: 1
Wainwrights: 10
Hewitts: 12
Sub 2000: 47



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Statistics

2021

Trips: 22
Distance: 159.6 km
Ascent: 6650m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2020

Trips: 39
Distance: 226.7 km
Ascent: 11266m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 3

2019

Trips: 31
Distance: 187.05 km
Ascent: 9684m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2018

Trips: 28
Distance: 191.9 km
Ascent: 12074m
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 3

2017

Trips: 31
Distance: 226.75 km
Ascent: 8838m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 4

2016

Trips: 20
Distance: 229 km
Ascent: 9236m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 6

2015

Trips: 39
Distance: 286 km
Ascent: 12583m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 9

2014

Trips: 29
Distance: 3564.25 km
Ascent: 15847m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 9
Hewitts: 3

2013

Trips: 29
Distance: 206.75 km
Ascent: 16700m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 4
Sub2000s: 4

2012

Trips: 12
Distance: 73 km
Ascent: 5261m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2011

Trips: 6
Distance: 55 km
Ascent: 3917m
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 1

2010

Trips: 6
Distance: 22 km
Ascent: 2200m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2009

Trips: 4
Distance: 24.5 km
Ascent: 2194m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 1

2008

Trips: 3
Distance: 24 km
Ascent: 3189m

2007

Trips: 5
Distance: 31 km
Ascent: 1896m

2006

Trips: 3
Distance: 37 km
Ascent: 3730m

2004

Trips: 4
Distance: 44 km
Ascent: 2706m
Corbetts: 1

2003

Trips: 5
Distance: 50 km
Ascent: 5760m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2002

Trips: 3
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 2449m

2001

Trips: 6
Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 4245m
Munros: 2

2000

Trips: 1
Distance: 16 km
Ascent: 1300m
Munros: 3

1999

Trips: 1
Distance: 28 km
Ascent: 900m
Corbetts: 1

1998

Trips: 1
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 1055m
Munros: 2

1997

Trips: 1
Distance: 27 km
Ascent: 1400m
Grahams: 1

1995

Trips: 4
Distance: 80 km
Ascent: 4322m
Munros: 3
Grahams: 1

1994

Trips: 2
Distance: 35.5 km
Ascent: 2477m
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

1993

Trips: 1
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 1100m

1992

Trips: 2
Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 2345m


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