The Roaches

Memories from the Scotland walking trip - 2015
A smaller group of three walkers (Sean, Jim and Rich) and a single drinker (Macca) were down to enjoy a few days in Skye. The Old Inn at Carbost was the accommodation of choice and the aim was to reach the summit of one of the Cuillin peaks - but which one?

After much investigation it was decided that we wouldn't get killed on Sgurr na Banachdiach. It would be steep and rocky but would get us onto the centre of the ridge where good views would be had.

We drove to Glen Brittle and parked up - in the rain. Shit!

Jim and Rich - and rain and cloud.

The going underfoot was good and a succession of waterfalls maintained the interest. Before too long the gradient steepened but the rain was slowly clearing. Could we get a change in the weather?

Looking up into Coir' an Eich. The route would enter into the corrie and ascend the steep screen to the inner right.

After a particularly steep, loose and then rocky ascent we hit the summit where there were no views thanks to the low cloud. We could however see enough of the ridge to the north and south to suggest that the traverse of the Cuillin ridge isn't for the faint hearted. We waited to see if the cloud would clear but eventually gave up and headed back down.

Summit selfie.

The descent back down the steep scree was a real leg burner and it was nice to see the cloud lift off the summit after we'd descended around 1000ft. Bollocks!

It had been a real experience getting onto the Cuillin ridge after two failed attempts on Sgurr nan Gillean and a failed attempt on Sgurr Alasdair - all thwarted thanks to heavy rain!

The weather on the following day was superb so we took the boat from Elgol into the heart of the Cuillin. Well worth it just to see Macca's drunken face enjoy a rocking boat.

The Cuillin from near Elgol.


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