Date: Thursday 9th May 2019
Company: Just myself
Distance: 3.4km, Ascent: 130m
After dropping Ann-Marie off at the ferry terminal at
Lochmaddy, I spent Thursday morning wildlife spotting on North Uist. Within
a 24 hour period I was fortunate to spot a White-tailed Eagle, three Hen
Harriers, two Short-Eared Owls and a Kestrel not to mention countless non
Birds of Prey. North Uist is awesome for bird life! Unfortunately my DSLR
lens is currently in need of repair (it won't autofocus) and 200mm is just
lacking power, so I only managed to get a couple of poor photos of the Male
Hen Harrier. I really need to invest in a new, bigger lens.
wildlife spotting on North Uist, I made my way down to Benbecula to ascend
Ruabhal, its highest point. En-route to Benbecula, I also visited Baleshare
to ascend its highest point.
For my ascent of Ruabhal, I parked at the island's waste facility. I
initially followed the road and then a good way-marked track to the summit.
Within minutes of walking I spotted a male and female Stonechat. These were
the only birds I spotted during the walk although White-tailed Eagles are I
believe sometimes seen from the hill.
Loch Ba Una:
The route up
Ruabhal is via a grass track
Waymarked route up Ruabhal:
to Loch Ba Una:
It was nice
to see Hecla, Beinn Corrodale and Beinn Mhor on South Uist. I recall the
ascend of the three being a tough day.
Looking towards Beinn Mhor on
It was also
nice to see South Lee and Eabhal, two absolutely fantastic Marilyns on North
At the summit of Ruabhal looking towards South Lee and Eabhal:
numerous lochans on Benbecula.
summit I could see the Cuillin ridge on Skye and also the Cuillin on Rum.
Cuillin ridge (zoom):
After spending around ten minutes at the summit, I returned to the van via
the same route stopping during the return to chat with a couple of locals
who were out walking their dogs.
Alas, this was the final wee hill of
my trip to the Outer Hebrides, my abilities currently limited due to an
ongoing ankle injury and worries about being out in the sun too long with
current skin cancer. I love the Hebrides and can't wait to go back.