Looming huge and rocky out of the sea, Bla Bheinn is a beast of a mountain, as impressive as any on the main Cuillin ridge just to the west. The popular there-and-back route from Loch Slapin is a bit of a scree fest, but the surroundings are high drama, while the summit view has to be one of the best angles on the skyline of the Main Ridge. While a fuller traverse of the hill may be a more rewarding and more challenging experience (either via the scrambly south ridge, or the mega-classic mountaineering journey of the Clach Glas-Bla Bheinn traverse), the linear route described here is quicker and more straightforward. If you only have a few hours to spare, then this is the one to do.
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Distance: 5 miles (8.10 km)
Total ascent: 887m
Time: 3:30 – 5 hours (Walking)
SummitsBla Bheinn 929 m
Car park off the B8083 above the west shore of Loch Slapin, NG560216
A well-made path at first, but up in Coire Uaigneach the ground soon becomes eroded and rubbly. The ascent of Bla Bheinn's east spur is rough, rocky and steep in places, with some short lived scrambling if you go looking. Loose scree is a bit of a hazard.
Quite steep for a winter hillwalk, particularly on the ascent from the corrie to gain the east spur.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Bus from Broadford to Elgol
The Munros, SMC
OS Explorer 411 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 32 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
Broadford (0845 22 55 121); Kyle of Lochalsh (0845 22 55 121); Portree (0845 22 55 121)
by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
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