Hills: Dun Caan
Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018
Company: Myself and Becky
Distance: 22.5km, Ascent: 860m
Time walking: 6Hrs 15Mins
After work on Friday, we made our way
across to Applecross without really having any kind of hill plan in mind. On
arrival in Applecross we visited the Applecross Inn, which is always a must,
and began considering our hill options for the following day. On spotting
Dun Caan, across the Inner Sound, I recalled ascending this fantastic,
prominent hill on a day of zero visibility. I knew I had to put that right
with a re-visit to Raasay and re-ascent of Dun Caan. We therefore abandoned
Applecross that same evening and made our way round the coast as far as Loch
Carron before parking up for the night.
On awakening the following
morning and looking out the van window, I was treated to a wonderful sight.
I popped out of the van to take some photos of Loch Carron which looked
almost surreal with mist, inversion and reflections. I posted the following
pic on Twitter and was amazed that within a day of posting it had reached
1000 likes and had gained me over 100 new followers.
Overnight parking spot at Loch Carron:
Carron, I drove to Sconser on the Isle of Skye where on arrival we had
around twenty minutes to get ourselves suited and booted, make some
sandwiches and get ready to catch the first ferry of the day across to
Raasay. I decided it was not worth taking the van across and that we would
ascend Dun Caan from the ferry. Going across as foot passengers cost less
than £6 return for the two of us. A real bargain!
On arrival on Raasay, we initially made our way towards Inverarish where
we noticed a shop that we would potentially visit on the way back. We then
made our way towards Glen Lodge with a view to starting our ascent from the
disused mine. The track was very much overgrown and disappeared into the
trees so I was not keen to progress this way. Instead, we therefore retraced
our steps to take the North (Pole) road and then the good quality standard
route up Dun Caan.
towards the North Pole:
time we reached the sign marking the start of the hill track, we were
already feeling the heat and began rationing our water.
hill track leading towards Dun Caan:
the good track, it didn't take long to reach the small lochan and Loch na
the Dun Caan hill track:
at the small lochan we stopped for a break to admire literally dozens of
Azure Damselflies which were darting about above the surface of the loch.
Dun Caan from small lochan:
made our way down to Loch na Meilich before commencing the final ascent of
At Loch na
back towards small lochan:
ascent is quite steep but straight-forward thanks to a zig-zagging track.
ascent of Dun Caan:
great to reach the summit of Dun Caan and get some views.
the summit of Dun Caan:
Dun Caan's trig point:
around ten to fifteen minutes at the summit before commencing our descent
and return to the ferry via the same route.
the summit of Dun Caan:
below the summit of Dun Caan:
Cumulonimbus forming towards the mainland:
walk out, we spent a good twenty minutes again at the small lochan admiring
the views and the damsels.
back to Dun Caan from small lochan:
On reaching Inverarish, we visited the shop to buy a large bottle of juice
and some ice lollies before walking the final mile or so back to the ferry.
Dun Caan is definitely one of my favourite small hills.