Borders Exploration Group
Patron: Sir Michael Strang Steel Scottish Charity No:SC034336
Isle of Skye Expedition - 1994
Saturday 2nd July
Leave at 10 am and travel via Callender through Glencoe, Kyle of Locahalsh to Skye. Set up camp at Slighahan.
Sunday 3rd July
Single track road further hampered by sheep with no road sense to Elgol. Set up camp overlooking beautiful, calm sea, over to Rhum with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Pleasant afternoon walk south along cliff edge to Prince Charlies Caves - lots of interesting plants and insects, fissures and rocky crags. Swim or paddle in Atlantic - bracing!
Monday 4th July
Hired motor boat and sailed up Loch Coruisk between all the seals. Landed at the head of the loch and walked overheadland. Spectacular scenery with shadows of Cuillins reflecting on water. Back to Elgot, on with rucsacs, off on the cliff / hill path to Carnasuary. Stayed in bothy. Weather turned dreich.
Tuesday 5th July
Full waterproofs for walk through hills to Slighahan. Weather steadily improved. Scenery amazing - light can change in a second giving a different atmosphere to the same scene.
Wednesday 6th July
Portree to re-stock food and a visit to the Airos Centre with audio presentation, of Skye views. After lunch it was on to the Old Man of Storr. Short climb to peculiar shaped rocks. It is like a lunar landscape. Set up camp at Staffin. Went to Floddigary, cliffs on one side, sea on other and on to Kilt Rock - so called because of the rock strata which resembles pleats of a kilt with the colours resembling tartan.
Thursday 7th July
Set off for the Quiraing, pausing only to take in the stunning views, climbed the Prison and Needle. Some climbed The Table which was not shown on the map. Navigation was from a 20 year memory. Steep scramble on very loose stones, through a chimney and dropped into hidden area - amazing rock stacks, spires and spurs all around. Back to campsite at Edinbane. In the evening a short walk to St Columbus Island and the graves of the Bishops of the Isle. Went looking for standing stones, some Pictish with Christian additions.
Friday 8th July
Rest day. Went to McDonalds monument and black house museum which is definitely recommended. Lunch by the sea at Uig before visiting a crofter's house at Skeabost to see spinning. Visited a craft shop before setting up camp at the head of Loch Dunvegan. Whiled the evening away in Dunvegan with beautiful sunsets over loch and Dunvegan Castle.
Saturday 9th July
Woke up to torrential rain but miraculously it cleared to let us climb Healabhal Mhor (the highest of McLeods Tables). Stunning panorama of the bays of this coastline and Outer Hebrides. Fairly steep climb in a strong/gale force wind. Rain on again - so back to camp. Visited Stein Inn - oldest in Skye - believe it! Sea was very rough with small boats being tossed about.
Sunday 10th July
Visited Piping museum and lace-making craft shop before heading for them mainland. Camped at Invercoe and walked down to Signal Rock which was a look-out post forinvading clans.
Monday 11th July
Headed for home by Glencoe, with mist rolling along and down hills. Amazingly the Anach Eagoch Ridge was clear. Stopped at Falls of Falloch for short walk - last one together for a while.