A pleasant day on the Isle of Eigg climbing An Sgurr followed by a pushchair walk along one of the island's only roads.
Distance: 16km; Ascent: 490m; Mainly Sunny and Dry; Solo (An Sgurr) / with Lynsey and Isabel (rest of walk)
We could see the Isles of Eigg and Rum from the windows of the apartment we were staying at in Morar for the week, so we decided that it would be nice to take a trip over to one of them. Studying the various ferry timetables for today, the best option appeared to be to take the small passenger ferry service across from Arisaig to Eigg for the day as that would give us 5 hours on Eigg, which would give us time to explore some of the island.
|Our boat to Eigg in Arisaig (with Eigg in the distance)|
The highest point on Eigg is an awe inspiring peak called An Sgurr, which I have been wanting to climb ever since first seeing a photo of it, many years ago, in the SMC guidebook: "The Corbetts & Other Scottish Hills". If you have a copy of the book to hand, turn to page 256 and you'll see what I mean (alternatively my photo below is an almost identical view of it to that in the book!) As we were on Eigg today, Lynsey had kindly offered to look after Isabel for a couple of hours to allow me to go and climb it :-)
The views got more and more impressive as I ascended up towards the imposing sheer cliffs that barred the way up to the summit. Luckily however there is an easiest route up the hill along it's west ridge! The path traversed the boggy northern slopes of the hill, with good views up to the intriguing pitchstone rock. After a few hundred metres of traversing, the path ascended up to a bealach on the ridge from where there were good views across the sea towards Muck and the mainland.
|More interesting rock|
|Trig point on the summit of An Sgurr, with Rum and Skye in the background|
|True summit of An Sgurr|
|The Rum Cuillin from slopes of An Sgurr|
|Cliffs of An Sgurr||Cliffs of An Sgurr|
|Pleasant woodland track near Galmisdale|
|Galmisdale Point and Eilean Chathastail|
|Standing stone near the summit of the road|
|Galmisdale beach and pier|
N.B. 30/10/12 - Post date updated to actual date of walk, i.e. 19/09/12, (from 26/09/12)