Skye 8: Glen Brittle – Bealach Brittle Loop

We headed back to the Minginish peninsula region today as Mrs L’s wish was to do the Fairy Pools walk at Glen Brittle…….

Mr L wandered off to look at the notice board in the Fairy Pools car park which had details of the Glen Brittle Forest Bealach Brittle Loop, a mere 9.5 mile forest trail walk estimated to take 4-5 hours. Details defined it as strenuous but suitable for bikes as well as walkers, with walkers needing to wear walking boots. Mr and Mrs L had a brief discussion and agreed to abandon the fairies and go for the Bealach – my only concern was that we had only anticipated a shortish walk so had only bought fairy rations with us…….one small bottle of water and a small bag of trail mix!

View at start of walk

View at start of walk

We set off on our 9.5 mile loop up hills and down valleys.

First break with limited rations!

First break with limited rations!

The Cuillins on our left with low cloud covering some of the peaks soon disappeared from view as we rounded Beinn Staic and looked out upon Loch Eynort – the view was simply stunning. Perfect blue skies, a beautiful blue loch and picturesque bay where loch and sea meet.

Second break - view over Loch Eynort

Second break – view over Loch Eynort

The sea was completely calm with a clear view to South Uist. Agricultural lives of times gone by were clear from the runrigs running vertically on the steep hills on the opposite side of the loch.

Loch Eynort with view of runrigs

Loch Eynort with view of runrigs

There was very little wildlife to be seen, but we did see an eagle (not sure whether a golden eagle or white-tailed eagle as too far away). The walk reminded us of one of the walks we did last year in Montana, many similarities in scenery etc except we didn’t have to worry today about bears! The ferns and lichens were impressive, especially enhanced with the autumnal colour changes taking place.

Amazing coloured lichens

Amazing coloured lichens

Grey Ground Liverwort

Grey Ground Liverwort

We paced the water supply and trail mix ration to an hourly treat – the rations lasted, as did we. We made it back to the Fairy Pools car park exactly 3hrs 40 mins after setting off. We were pleased at our time; the walk was strenuous in that there were lots of steady inclines and declines so we could both feel the impact on the legs. Mrs L really enjoyed this walk, it was her sort of walk…….wide paths so she could keep well away from any edges with big drops!

We stopped at the Aros Centre when we got back to Portree for a much needed cuppa and use of their excellent wifi. Mr L downloaded himself another book to read on his Kindle and I managed to upload a few more days of blog entries.

We made it home in time to see a glorious sunset over the other side of our Loch Greshornish, and a well-deserved glass of wine or two…..


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