Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Barra and the Uists, Jul-Aug'10

A long weekend spent exploring the hills and beaches on the Outer Hebrides. Barra is a mixed bag - a beautiful island with rolling hills, islands, inlets and famed long beaches, yet it is scruffy, particularly Castlebay. The north fares better, with the only tidal airport in Europe. Weather was kind as the grass covered hills were wandered over from Heaval to Grianan and Loch an Diun.

Over to Eriskay, a lovely little island, now connected by causeway to South Uist, then up to the highest peaks on the Uists. When taken as a group, Beinn Mhor, Beinn Choradail and Hecla make for a fairly demanding outing. Hills of surprising character with hidden corries, lochans, ridges and unusual summits. The walk was followed by the mad Ben Kenneth race, in which I came 4th - even tho I was 2 minutes faster than last year when I won !

The return home was via Skye and Kintail and an attempt was made to gain the Corbett Meall Dubh from Glen Moriston. However all access points were blocked either due to forestry operations or the windfarm - the council access officer and the MCoS now have it in hand !