Dun Caan, Raasay Walking

The high point of the lovely Isle of Raasay may be a mere 444m above sea level, but it's a characterful little hill with a distinctive sawn-off summit that is recognisable from afar. What's more, on its eastern flank Dun Caan achieves its full height in just over 1km, a steep craggy slope that gives it a real mountain feel. With Torridon to the northeast and the Cuillin arrayed across the southern horizon, it's quite a viewpoint too. This quick, easy ascent gives you a massive bang for your buck.

The Red Cuillin from Dun Caan  © Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
The Red Cuillin from Dun Caan
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NG5612540548 Follow the well-trodden path southeast, on a long gentle ascent. After an easy 1.5km the path curves east to reach a tiny lochan on the the broad saddle of the Bealach Ruadh. The craggy tabletop summit of Dun Cann is now visible ahead.
Dun Caan from the lochan on the Bealach Ruadh  © Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
Dun Caan from the lochan on the Bealach Ruadh
© Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com, Jul 2019

NG5757239308 The path cuts north on a descending traverse down a steep little escarpment into a curious trench-like mini valley. Cross the shingly southern end of Loch na Meilich (good swimming). From here one option is a clear-looking path climbing steeply due east towards the summit; ignore this boggy decoy and instead stick with the better path as it zigs north up the slope overlooking the loch, before zagging back right towards Dun Can. The final ascent is pretty steep.

NG5790139506 Marked with an old cylindrical trig point, the flat rock-studded summit area is an amazing viewpoint. Across the Inner Sound, some of the deepest inshore water in the UK, is the Applecross peninsula, with the Torridon and Coulin peaks peeking up behind. Keep your eyes peeled for submarines on exercise. To the south, Skye's Red and Black Cuillin are arrayed across the horizon. Longer circular walks are possible, but the easiest option is to go back the way you came.

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