Hills: Beinn na Cro
Date: Saturday 29th December 2018
Company: Just myself
Distance: 6.1km, Ascent: 570m
Time: 3Hrs 05Mins
As per yesterday morning, the weather on Skye this
morning was fairly dismal but was forecast to improve around 11.00. I therefore had a bit of a lazy morning in the van
making myself a cooked breakfast and some coffee. Shortly after 11.00, once
the rain had stopped, I drove round to Torrin for an ascent of Beinn na Cro.
From the lay-by I made my way towards a gate to avoid having to climb
over the barbed-wire fence.
Beinn na Cro from lay-by:
I followed faint traces of track running alongside the fence up the initial
Looking back towards van:
The ascent of this hill provides great views looking back towards Loch
During the ascent I came to a barbed-wire fence running parallel right
across the hillside. Every weakness in the fence had been addressed with
blocks of wood below to prevent crawling under it. Even the burn had wooden planks below the barbed-wire to avoid anyone going up the burn. I
spent quite a bit of time looking for a weakness in the fence but ended up
having to climb over it. I managed to get over successfully on the ascent
but can't say the same during the descent as I managed to catch my leg on
the barbed-wire drawing some blood.
To the landowner, you are an
a***hole mate. This is the usual ascent route for this hill and you are going out
of your way to make access difficult. Install a stile or even just a metre
section of fence with no barbed-wire on the line of the ridge to make the
ascent easier for walkers. In the meantime anyone ascending this hill may
want to take up some boltcutters?
Loch Slapin and Bla Bheinn panorama:
The final 270m
of ascent is a bit steeper but posed no difficulties.
Ascending Beinn nan Cro:
I could have done this hill more quickly had I not stopped so
frequently to take photos looking back to Loch Slapin. Lovely views.
Crepuscular rays lighting up Loch Slapin:
Ascending Beinn na Cro:
Despite a couple of showers passing close-by, I managed to avoid getting wet
Crepuscular rays lighting up a rain shower:
The final ridge was wider than I had expected it to be.
views from the final ridge and from the summit were not as good as they could have
been thanks to low cloud. I guess I can't complain as the cloud was above my summit.
Onto the narrowing ridge:
From the summit it was nice to see Dun Caan on Raasay. I ascended Dun
Caan in June this year with my daughter.
At the summit of Beinn na Cro:
From the summit I returned to the van via roughly the same route.
Looking back to Beinn na Cro during descent:
By the time I got back to the van the cloud had lifted above Bla Bheinn
providing nice views of the Clach Glas ridge.