Hiking the "Blue Mountain" - Bla Bheinn, Isle of Skye, Scotland
|The summit of Blaven (Blabheinn, 928m)|
Total Distance - 8.72km
Height Gain - 930m
Total Time - 5hrs
Avg Speed - 1.75km/h!!
Bla Bheinn, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Rising from the shore of Loch Slapin to an impressive height of 928m, Bla Bheinn (Blaven) is an outlier to the Black Cuillin's and is thought to mean Blue Mountain from a combination of Norse and Gaelic.
|Looking up towards Bla Bheinn and Sgurr Nan Each from the car park next to Loch Slapin|
So, leaving Isabelle and Monty with my parents, we had an early breakfast and headed off along the single track road from Elgol to the car park on the NW side of Loch Slapin and at the foot of Blaven - the morning was cool and the sky was hazy but the sun was already starting to make its way through the haze and we both hoped that we could get off the lowlands before the midges descended on us!
|The "nice" path through the heather before the scree starts|
|Looking across the heather to Coire Uaignneich|
The views back at every point of the climb are stunning and despite the haze we paused many times both to take photos and to admire the view (and possibly to catch our breath!), looking back into Fionna-Choire and down on to Loch Fionna-choire is a sight that made the climb more than worth it and kept us going up the very steep scrambling sections that lead up the final section of the mountain.
As you near the top there are more and more exposed sections with severe drop offs and rocks with huge overhangs and you can see why the Cuillin's get their reputation for being such an awesome and dangerous place to walk and climb.
|You can't see it from here but the drop under that rock is HUGE!|
|Lose scree makes for interesting scrambling!|
|Trigg point and summit cairn - Blabheinn|
|Black Cuillin ridge from Bla Bheinn summit|
|360 degree photosphere taken on Google Nexus 5|
|View from Blabheinn summit to the Black Cuillin ridge|
Download GPX route file from Viewranger - here
Download PDF guide from route (Viewranger) - here
Viewranger log from the walk, recorded on Nexus 5;