Distance: 18.5km; Ascent: 1600m; Dry, often sunny but with a cold breeze; with Mark & Shona
After the last two excellent days of Munro bagging and scrambling in the Cuillin we decided it might be nice to actually go backpacking for a couple of days instead. Being on Skye already, a good choice seemed to be the Trotternish Traverse from The Storr to Quiraing with the aim of finishing late morning on Tuesday, so as to allow time for the drive home.
A quick trip into Portree was needed to pick up the appropriate map after which we headed north on the coast road, with excellent views of the Old Man of Storr, to reach an extremely busy car park. We set off walking in the sunshine, up through the forest on a good path at around 10:30am feeling somewhat over-equipped compared to the majority of other people we passed!
The crags to the east were now more broken as we made our way onwards to summit of Groba nan Each (Highland Five). It had now clouded over, but we had just two more hills left before our planned camp spot. Just under a hundred metres ascent northwards brought us to the summit of Beinn Mheadhonach (Highland Five) and then finally to our last summit of the day: Beinn Edra (HuMP, Graham Top). The concrete trig point was crowned by a small cairn and surrounded by a windshelter, suggesting that this hill was reasonably well walked although we had seen no one since The Storr. It was now 7pm, and the evening sun was producing a nice light on the hills to the south.
|Summit of Beinn Edra|
More photos and route map to follow in next few days... (Update 30/06/12 - photos and route map added to post)