3 Day Trip to Skye 2015

Friday 17 April - 3 Miles ,900ft Ascent

Left Aberdeen at 8am and drove to Staffin on North Skye stopping on the Loch Alsh bridge to snap The Isle of Skye. Parked at the high level car park on the Trotternish Ridge and summited Meall na Suiramach to look down on the Quiraing with its rock formation called "The Prison" with a 40m high pinnacle called "The Needle" and a flat grassy area in the centre called "The Table" .Returned to Sligachan for a bath and sustenance.

Saturday 18th April - 8 Miles , 2645ft Ascent

Up at 7am and out to take a panoramic of Sgurr nan Gillean and the Cuillin from Allt Dearg River bank . After breakfast off up the rough track to Fionn Coire to climb to the Bealach na Lice to traverse the Sgurr a Bhasteir ridge to capture the pinnacle ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean . Close by Am Basteir's Tooth and Bruach na Frithe are fringed in snow requiring crampons to negotiate. The toil of the four mile walk out was offset by the memories of sitting on the ridge for an hour to soak in the magnificent views and watch the ant like climbers clamber over the unforgiving Gabbro and Basalt rock sructures.

Sunday 19th April - 4.5 Miles , 1630ft Ascent

Off to Elgol to take the boat out to Loch Coruisk to climb Sgurr na Stri to capture the view of the complete Cuillin ridge with Loch Coruisk nestling in it's grasp. Seals lounged in the sea Loch na Cuilce on approach to the landing stage and after crossing the "stepping stones"over the river Scavaig the ascent of Sgurr na Stri began. The view from the top is one of the greatest in the world and made the steep climb very worthwhile. It was with regret to leave this fantastic vantage spot but the descent is quick and the boat was soon back to Elgol and the long drive to Sligachan.

Three days of perfect weather, made even more memorable by the views captured, made the long drive back to Aberdeen in brilliant sunshine, with stops at Eilein Donan Castle and the Cluanie Inn for a Latte coffee, pass more quickly in the satisfaction of a project completed to plan.

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