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Friday, May 29, 2015

Ben Tianavaig. Marilyn 414m

Rain and hail clattered the house windows and swiftly followed by sun and blue sky. We are getting all seasons each hour. It makes for fantastic dramatic sky's and beautiful panaramas.
We had been looking at the fine shape of Ben Tianavaig throughout the week and wanted to go up it before leaving Skye for the mainland.

Starting at Camastianavaig we headed up a path between 2 properties before leaving fenced fields and heading right to the edge of the escarpment.
The path is really just a sheep trod so care must be taken at the escarpment edge. The drop off the east side is not for those who suffer from vertigo. However a route to the top is easy to find as numerous tracks head upwards away from the edge.

We managed about 20 minutes before the sky went black, quickly waterproofs were put on and for the next ten minutes we had heavy rain and hail. This made the path extremely slippery and we found it better to plod through the heather.
Getting higher the views just got better and better. The Red Coulin close by and the Black Coulin completely lost in the vast cloud base.

From the mountain base the rock terraces can look a little off putting to some walkers but they are not a problem in reality.
Approaching the last couple of hundred yards from the summit the wind picked up and we got another icy blast of hail.
A rainbow loomed over Portree and the white houses shone brightly.
The top is a magnificent viewpoint and we are so pleased to have done it. Across at Trotternish the craggy tops clear and looking hard of access. We watched the rain as it moved around hiding everything in its path.

We had the hill to ourselves. It was too windy and cold to sit too long at the top so with sorrow we made our way back down the edge.

A very good walk.
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Dawn said...

A lovely area, looks like you both had a fine walk despite the weather.

AlanR said...

The weather made for a more dramatic walk. We loved it. Off to Mellon Charles tomorrow so we were glad to do this walk.
The Skye trail is quite busy and looks worth considering.

afootinthehills said...

It's a fine hill Allan. We were on Glas Bheinn Mhor above Luib and had the same weather. All very dramatic as you say.

AlanR said...

Hi Gibson. Internet not great here. Have tried to comment on your blog a couple of times but it takes too long to load and times out.
As you say Tianavaig is a splenfid hill and very enjoyable for a half day out.

Phreerunner said...

A great little hill, Alan. I seem to recall seeing sea eagles up there. Rainbows... it's that time of year I think.
Have fun

AlanR said...

It looks harder than it is but the walk is a cracker.

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