04.09.2011 - 04.09.2011 16 °C
Sunday is a day of rest here in the Western Isles and all kinds of work (including working in your garden or doing your washing) are frowned upon. But walking is a permitted activity and that is just fine with us as that is a favourite activity. So...
Suaineabhal is a 429m hill that looks, and is, more impressive than the height sounds. We made a day trip of climbing it beginning with a 30 minute-ish drive through the rocky scenery reminiscent of Central Otago. The walk started at a bridge and had a small waterfall and enticing looking plunge pool. Enticing, that is, if the temperatures are 30deg or so, which they weren't. But it was fairly warm for the latitude and I was comfortable in a pair of shorts all day.
A quick flat walk across some boggy ground took us to a grassy ramp where we began the climb to the summit. We followed grassy gullies through the rocky terrain and made the summit in good time. There are great views in all directions, though the landscape has a sameness to it.
A tarn on a small plateau a bit below the summit beckoned to us so we went for a closer look. A sloping slab gave a brief interlude of scrambling/climbing and then we followed our noses down a different route until we rejoined the first gully we had climbed. From here we had a slight detour to a ruined sheiling - a small stone building used in summer by fishermen or shepherds. We had views up and down a couple of lochs from here. Thirty minutes of walking took us back to the car, happy after a good day in the outdoors.