Hill: Beinn nan Carn
Date: Sunday 1st January 2012
Company: Just myself

Following New Year celebrations, into the small hours, a late start was required on New Year's Day.

While I was keen to ascend a hill, I only wanted a short walk such that I could get back to Plockton to re-join the festivities - Beinn nan Carn fitted the bill. I drove to, and started walking from, Heasta.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

I parked just off the road, beside a farm and caravan, at the outskirts of Heasta.

Start of walk, at Heasta:

The walk was pathless all the way and was fairly wet underfoot.

Initial ascent from road:

I followed a fence for several hundred metres. A short distance after crossing a burn, I took a more direct line towards Beinn nan Carn.

Looking towards Beinn nan Carn:

Looking across to Eilean Heast and Sgorach Breac:

Ascending Beinn nan Carn:

On reaching the final steep section, I followed a grassy line up the hill.

Followed the grassy line up the hill:

Beinn nan Carn:

Looking across to Eilean Heast and Sgorach Breac:

I was pleasantly surprised to get such good views from the summit.

View from summit of Beinn nan Carn:

Beinn na Caillich and Beinn Dearg Mhor:


Isle of Rum:

Isle of Eigg:

From the summit, I descended a bit further to the North and then skirted back round to the bottom of the grassy line.

Looking back at grassy line of ascent:

During the walk out, I was surprised to find conglomerate rocks. I had previously thought that most of Skye was volcanic.

Conglomerate rocks:

Descending to Heasta:

Pretty-sure this would be an excellent viewpoint on a really good day - with only minimal effort required to get to the summit.