Hills: Beinn Tart a' Mhill
Date: Tuesday 1st May 2018
Company: Just myself
Distance: 7.7km Ascent: 240m
Time: 1Hr 55Mins
The MetOffice forecast for today was for nine
consecutive hours of heavy rain between 11:00 and 20:00. I therefore set off
walking by 06:30 in an attempt to get up and off the hill before the
I walked circa one kilometre along the road before taking the vehicle
track up the hill that leads to the transmitter.
Beinn Tart a' Mhill from parking spot:
Although Beinn Tart a' Mhill was by far the least interesting hill
undertaken on Islay, it was the best for wildlife. I saw numerous birds
including lapwing, a buzzard, a cuckoo and a snipe. I also saw a dead calf,
a dead cow and a dead lamb all left to rot on the hill!
On the track
leading to Beinn Tart a' Mhill:
The good track made for fast progress as far as the transmitter.
Views once above the trees:
On reaching the summit transmitter, I again questioned the sense in
doing fairly dull, low Marilyns. On the plus side, it was a fairly good hill
as far as wildlife was concerned.
Looking towards the summit trig point from the transmitter:
On passing the dead cow, I wandered if it had lost the will to live
ascending fairly dull, transmitter-topped Marilyns. Seriously though, it was
a bit strange to come across a dead cow, a dead calf and a dead lamb on the
same small hill.
On reaching the summit I took a few photos before returning to the van
via the same route.
At the summit of Beinn Tart a' Mhill:
During the walk out it started to rain. The rain had arrived at least
two hours earlier than forecast.
Instead of spending the rest of the day sitting about in the van, I
visited Bruichladdich Distillery for their distillery tour.
Whisky and gin stills, Bruichladdich Distillery:
Whisky still, Bruichladdich Distillery:
I then caught the Jura ferry across to Jura which is
extortionately-priced : <1km crossing at a cost of £45! Road-equivalent
tarriff should extend to Jura. It was however great to revisit the Jura
Hotel bar from where I have just written up this report