I thought a return visit to Skye was long overdue and with a warm sunny forecast I planned to climb Ben Aslak, a Graham at 61om high, and it’s neighbour Beinn na Seamraig at 561m, classed as a Scottish sub-2000 Marilyn. Combining the 2 hills would give me a longer day so I loaded up the rucksack, took Mia for company, and off we went.
After driving over the Skye Bridge I took the Kylerhea single track road then parked up at the bridge over the Allt Mor, about 2 miles before the Bealach Udal.
From here a good track heads South and as I started to gain height, views to Broadford Bay began to open up.
I followed the track to it’s end to Bealach na Cruinn-leum (about 2 miles). Ben Aslak came into full view and so I took a break here to determine the route up.
I took a break when I reached the end of the track before taking to Ben Aslak’s slopes.
As I got closer I could see there were some impressive crags guarding the SW face.
I skirted the left side of the crags then headed up until I reached the ridge. It wasn’t too steep but the warm weather had me sweating. Thankfully there was a gentle breeze, so guess what ? No midges & no flies !
The ridge undulated and there were plenty of lochans for Mia to cool down in. This one was just below the summit.
At the summit there were great views and I spent about 40 minutes just lounging about, exploring the summit area and tucking into some lunch.
Here’s a few summit pics.
I reluctantly left the summit and thought I’d return to the Bealach na Cruinn-leum near the end of the track to start my ascent on Beinn Dubh a Bhealaich then along the ridge to Beinn na Seamraig. I’d spotted this grassy ascent from high up and so I headed down towards it, avoiding those crags again on the way down.
I started the ascent which wasn’t too steep but the weather was still very warm which made it quite strength sapping. I skirted Beinn Dubh a Bhealaich’s summit and headed onto the ridge where I could just make out Beinn na Seamraig’s summit trig point & cairn in the far distance.
This wide ridge also contained lochans and there was a section which was rockier and had slabs. As I walked along I noticed a couple of walkers heading my way from the summit. We finally met and surprised to see it was people I knew, Hugh & Marlene Munro from Beauly ! As Hughie said, “It’s a small world eh”! The last time I saw them together was at their house for supper about 10 years ago when Hugh held a slide show of his mountain pics ! After chatting for a few minutes we went our separate ways. This is a photo of them further along the ridge.
As I neared the summit the ridge became very grassy and was a delight to walk on.
There’s a cairn and trig point at the summit. If the weather’s clear there are fabulous views to be had. Here’s a few summit pics.
After drinking in these wonderful views I had to force myself to head back along the ridge then traversing to the left. This next photo shows part of the grassy summit area looking back to Ben Aslak (R) & Sgurr na Coinnich (centre).
I headed left off the ridge and followed an ATV track all the way back to Bealach na Cruinn-leum then the main track back to the car.
Heading down the main track with views to Broadford Bay, we arrived back at the car and the total time had been around 6 hours.
It had been of the most enjoyable walks for quite a while and just goes to show that some of the best views can be had from some of the smaller hills.
Bye for now