Hill: Biod Mor
Date: Wednesday 30th August 2023
Company: Just myself
Distance: 5.4km, Ascent: 310m
Time: 1Hr 50Mins
After a week of miserable wet and windy weather, it
was great to finally ascend a small hill this afternoon. For several years I
have had five Marilyns remaining on Skye. This afternoon I opted to ascend
one of these, Biod Mor.
On paper, this looked a nice, easy hill that
I thought I would be up and down in an hour. However, as is often the case
with Marilyns, they can be rough going.
parked just off the Glen Eynort road and commenced walking initially
downhill following a track which leads to a point where it is fairly
straightforward to cross the Eynort River.
Initial track leading down
from parking area:
Crossing the Eynort River:
crossing the river, the next few hundred metres of terrain were dire. My OS
map suggested there was a wood with firebreaks. That wood has long been
felled and the remains of stumps and branches are now well hidden under an
array of tussocks and heather. Real ankle-snapping stuff!
relief I reached the end of what had been a wood and after climbing over an
old fence got access to open moorland. The ascent of the moorland was much
Ascending Biod Mor:
Looking back towards the van parked in Glen Eynort:
Mor has two main peaks, a 376m peak and a 384m peak. I opted to climb both.
Looking towards the 376m top of Biod Mor:
Ascending the 376m top:
Isle of Canna can be seen from the 376m top and from the summit.
the 376m top of Biod Mor:
the 376m top I descended to the col next to Loch Bioda Mor and after
climbing another fence made my way up to the summit.
to the summit of Biod Mor from the 376m top:
reaching the summit, I wasn't convinced the cairn was the high point (it
likely is) so just in case it wasn't I also visited the neighbouring lumps
At the summit of Biod Mor:
good clear day, this hill would provide great views across to the Cuillin.
This wasn't a good clear day, so views were somewhat limited.
Black Cuillin covered in cloud:
the summit I returned back towards the 376m top, this time skirting the
summit, before returning back to the van. The section of felled wood that
had been difficult in ascent proved even more cumbersome in descent as I
failed to pick as good a line through the debris.