Tiorga Mor and the full moon Luskentyre experience

Route: Tiorga Mòr

Fionas: Tiorga Mor

Date walked: 28/04/2024

Time taken: 5.75 hours

Distance: 13.5km

Ascent: 740m

Grahams: Tiorga Mor
Date: 23/04/2024.
Distance: 13.5 km.
Ascent: 740m.
Time taken: 5 hours 45 minutes.
Weather: Overcast and hazy, brightening up through the day.

Tuesday had been the obvious good weather day in the forecast before we went away so it seemed like a good day for some of the larger Harris hills. Tiorga Mor is probably the easiest of the bunch (although there isn't much in it) and may also have the best views as it is furthest west (again, very little in it). I had hoped maybe for a loop of Tiorga Mor and Ullaval but Jackie didn't think she was up for that today.

After a fun drive down the Hushinish road we turned up towards the Loch Leosaid power station and parked near the gate on the road. There appeared to be some filming going on at the fish farm here but we were out of the way. Despite the forecast it was actually quite grey this morning but the hills were clear so we started our walk up to Loch Chliostair.

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ImageTiorga Mor and Loch Leosaid

ImageIt's not that big really

The road is tarmac the whole way to the dam making for easy walking. We crossed over the dam and onto the rocky ground which makes up the SE ridge of Tiorga Mor. There were traces of path here and there but they weren't much needed as a lot of the walking was on rocky slabs. The way ahead looked quite imposing but I thought it would probably be OK. This had been my preferred route up and Jackie was persuaded by the prospect of a swim in Loch Maolaig.

ImageLoch Chliostair dam

ImageOn the SE ridge of Tiorga Mor

There was a little heather to traverse to reach the lochan. As there had been for the last few days, a light but cold northerly breeze made the prospect of stripping off slightly less attractive than it could have been!

ImageLoch Maolaig swim

After a cold dunk and some lunch we rejoined the ridge, meeting another walker as we got onto the skyline. The going was pretty steep from here but the slabs were really nice to walk over. The top of the ridge had looked quite ferocious from further back but once we reached it we found it straightforward.

ImageOirebhal from Loch Maolaig

ImageSE ridge upper section

ImageCool rock

ImageLoch Maolaig and Loch Chliostair

Once off the rock it was a stroll over grass to the trig point - a little further than I thought but lovely walking. We were able to shelter from the breeze on the summit which made things pleasantly warm. Given my track record on the higher hills of Harris (this is my first time not in the clag), it is probably wrong of me to try and judge which has the best view, but it would need to be pretty impressive to beat this! The scenery up into the western side of Lewis is just wild - so remote and rocky. There was a cruise ship sitting rather incongruously in the bay just north of Scarp but other than that there was very little direct evidence of people.

ImageGetting closer to the summit

ImageOirebhal from Tiorga Mor

ImageLoch Leosaid, Loch a Siar and Taransay

ImageSgaoth Aird across Oireabhal

ImageTaransay and West Harris

ImageHuiseabhal Mor

ImageScarp from Tiorga Mor

After chatting to the other guy about various islands and other places we fancied visiting (he highly recommended the spit of sand on the east coast of Taransay as one of his favourite beaches) we moved on in the direction of Tiorga Beag. Once off the summit boulders the going was lovely and grassy again, and the sun came out more as the afternoon went on. The NE corner of Tiorga Beag was pretty good for a view of Sron Uladail - the best we were likely to get without actually walking right under it.

ImageLewis across Tiorga Beag

ImageEilean Mealasta


ImageCruise ship in Braigh Mor

ImageGriomabhal and Cracabhal

Dropping off to the east side of Tiorga Beag, the ground was a little poorer on the descent to Loch Aiseabhat, getting heathery near the bottom. Once on the path though the going is really good.

ImageUig hills

ImageSron Uladail

ImageSron Uladail zoom

ImageOireabhal and Stulabhal

ImageSron Uladail

Having dropped a little lower, the sun was finally winning out over the cold breeze and it felt like spring. The walk back to Loch Chliostair dam was straightforward and we made good time down the tarmac road. Back at the van, someone had left a laminated sign on the window telling us that there was no access here and we weren't supposed to be parking. Back at the junction with the public road there were more similar signs and some cones blocking the way (these weren't there earlier but there had been a couple of police cars including one from a forensics unit down at the fish farm. Given the amount of crime out here we presumed some kind of police drama was being filmed). Presumably the cones had something to do with whatever was being filmed - I wouldn't be overly concerned about parking in the same place again.

ImageLoch Aiseabhat and Oireabhal

ImageTiorga Mor across Loch Chliostair

ImageLoch Leosaid and the Harris hills

We followed the rollercoaster road back to Tarbert then decided to go down to Luskentyre. There would be a full moon tonight and Jackie wanted a swim. The carpark was busy but not full, and there had been plenty of other places we could have stopped over. The moon wasn't due up until 11pm so we had an early evening wander on the beach before returning for the moon.

ImageHarris hills from Traigh Rosamol

ImageBeinn Dubh and Traigh Rosamol

ImageCeapabhal from Traigh Rosamol

ImageLast light on the Harris hills

ImageWest Harris from the Luskentyre sand dunes

ImageMassive Luskentyre sand dune

Although there was some cloud cover the dunk in the sea was pretty impressive under moonlight. We probably spent too long in there though, and after covering the van in sand, I had freezing cold feet and hands for much of the night!

ImageFull moon (somewhere)

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