I’m figuring out a less climb-y route with a couple of others. One of the many fine memories I have of the trip was when walking along the ridge dropping from Sgurr nan Eag a walker coming the other way enquired if I was “doing the doo’s”. The northern end of the loch is ringed by the Black Cuillin, often wreathed in cloud. Then, we got stuck behind a few dawdling cars who really couldn’t be bothered with the single-track road rule despite a queue building up behind them – that of letting faster drivers past – that was also despite several signs on the roadside reminding them of their duty That meant that, by the time I forced my way past them with a few very nifty but rather dodgy manoeuvres after following them for around 7 miles, my blood pressure was absolutely sky-high , We arrived at Elgol in bright sunshine and I proceeded to sunbathe on the pier. Just as they docked, there was another severe heavy shower with again much hail and they all refused to leave the boat – softies! We reached the end of the loch in around an hour, on a now very rough path, and I decided I wanted to look around the corner into Coir ‘Uisg. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to "mountain coward" and "The Adventures of a Mountain Coward" with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Skye Emily Austen is on Facebook. I was fascinated to see how shiny and lethal-looking the nearby rocks suddenly became, especially on the side of Sgurr na Stri ahead of us. I’d been studying the back of my future long-skyline route around the Banachdich/Ghreadaidh tops with quite some trepidation – everything looks so rocky and sheer from the Coruisk side! Few people however, realise that there is a direct connection between the Skye Boat Song and Loch Coruisk. Skye Wheatley recently announced that she is expecting her second child with boyfriend Lachlan Waugh. Eventually I spotted where the In Pinn should be (I recognised An Stac below it) and we decided to wait until it cleared the cloud for a minute so Richard could take a photo with his great zoom. Some are heading up on to the Dubh Slabs and the ridge. Carol. I have been a couple of times ‘doing the doo’s’ with a forty year gap between the visits…..different starting place for the slabs each time. « Actually Enjoying Climbing at Hutton Roof It includes a traverse over the ledge of rock called the ‘Bad Step’, which is ominous. All these options are long walks in themselves and unlikely to leave enough time to make a circuit of the loch without an overnight camp. Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching Though you lose the body, you do not die. ©JPIMedia Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. We all just put our hoods up and stood waiting until they deigned to get off and let us on. I thought it sounded brilliant. From the carpark cross the road to a gateway, there will be a Green Sign confirming the route. Actually I think I’m the week before – you’re lucky as otherwise you’d have cr*p weather – I’m a bad-weather jinx! We crossed the several sections of burn dryfoot and easily and then I immediately fell in a very deep bog hole and poured water in the top of my boot! The hike from Kilmarie to Coruisk via the Bad Step is one of the most spectacular and challenging of Skye's low-level walks (11 miles round-trip; allow at least six hours). I love the pics…no wonder you are always in Scotland. The metal farm gate has a wooden kissing gate on the left hand side. Blaven South Ridge ». Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. People on a nearby yacht raised the alarm after noticing the man in difficulty at The Bad Step on the Isle of Skye, coastguards said. I expressed concern about the slabs we’d just seen them crossing and said they looked far worse. They didn’t think so and said we’d soon find a river descending them easily back down to near the shore. My photo after the really nasty bit and approaching the descent river, Richard’s photo of me descending the river. This could be scrambled down until recently but a rockfall now means it must be avoided, downclimbed or abseiled. The hike from Kilmarie to Coruisk via the Bad Step is one of the most spectacular and challenging of Skye's low-level walks (11 miles round-trip; allow at least six hours). I believe the walk to Coruisk though Glen Sligachan is renowned for its wetness and for being very strenuous! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. There’s a lot of them though…), We had a terrible journey driving to the boat at Elgol. I was absolutely fascinated by ‘The Dubhs Ridge’ as you’ll see from my photos. We then hurried off back for the stepping stones and the boat. It’s a 11km one-way hike from Sligachan and 9km from Kilmarie. At last, Richard and I finally managed to get to Loch Coruisk for our long-promised walk around its shore – we didn’t get the weather we’d hoped for though, even though it was forecast for the day. I’m figuring out a less climb-y route with a couple of others. Hiya Carol. ... We had to tackle the Bad Step. ... A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The first half of the loch shore was pretty good really – very wet underfoot if you couldn’t walk on ‘the whales’ (the long, smooth rock formations) but, luckily, you mostly could until the end of the loch. Looks all much more inviting when the sun is shining! Alternatively, you can hike from Sligachan. Some are heading up on to the Dubh Slabs and the ridge. (click on photos for full size/resolution – half are mine, half Richard’s – but all are digital point-and-shoot this time as I forgot my proper camera on the day! Camasunary derives from a Gaelic name that means "Bay of the White Shieling." ( Log Out /  And Richard, less obsessed, taking some nice loch and river photos…, We then set off for a little extension to ‘The Bad Step’ as I wanted to see, and possibly have a go on it…, Richard’s photo of the start of the path across a low pass under Sgurr na Stri. We eventually reached the rockfall we’d seen from across the loch and I took some more photos – you can tell the newly fallen rocks, they’re bright grey instead of weathered brown. I’m heading up to Skye May bank holiday with some mates.. for part of the trip we’re spending a night and day around Loch Coruisk. I still maintain the step is easier than the preceding slabs as it was sheer below you – if you fell off, you wouldn’t scrape anywhere, you’d just make a nice, resounding splash into the deep sea – far preferable in my book to multiple lacerations! I was very pleased we were given hot drinks on the trip back but sad not to be returning on ‘the rod’ as it was by now much bouncier and would have been superb fun. The path passes the ruins of Duntulm Castle and the remains of Erisco, a crofting settlement deserted in the eighteenth century. I’m hoping they’ll still let us come if they vote Yes! Skye, Etappe 4, von Kilmarie zum Loch Coruisk Hiking trail in Kilmarie, Scotland (United Kingdom). We then reached a nice section of stony beach which took us on easily for a few minutes. Continue up the path. Carol. I was in my 20s when I first walked that route. We help our clients stay one step ahead of the bad guys. The water is used for an indoor farm fish is the nearby steading. Over the Bad Step. Fantastic post! There’s nothing like a good long walk and a bit of an adventure for beating stress and lowering blood pressure! Thu 7 Aug 2014 Melinda walked behind her still holding her hand but also putting her left hand on Skye's shoulder. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner is strictly prohibited. The day had not started in a very promising way, as the shot of the boats in Kentra Bay shows, but amazingly enough the weather perked up when I got to Skye - and it's not often you can say that! We met a couple coming the other way from it and checked that what I was looking at was the Step – they confirmed it was. Rougher walking. It bridges a distance of some 500m. You will then climb up to a large rock slab with exposure down to the sea and the Bad Step, which is a short grade 1 to 2 scramble. Today's creation is "What If the first Centipede soldier exploded only an hour earlier, leading to Skye never joining the team." The Black Cuillin Ridge was formed 60,000,000 years ago and is all that remains of an eroded magma chamber of a huge volcano. I must admit though, that I do have a secret hankering to try the Dubhs Ridge – would have to be with a guide I think though – looks quite nasty getting off Sgurr Dubh Beag! And another great report, which made me laugh in places. Skye took a deep breathe and tightened her grip on Melinda's hand and strode forward to the moving steps. There were some cairns to mark the way but would have been difficult if the slabs had been wet. The path raises and drops as you pass over this first section. First, walk around Loch Coruisk; second, follow the coast and cross the Bad Step. Richard got sick of me blabbering on about them while we walked round the loch and in the end he told me to shut up about them, saying it wasn’t like I was going to be doing them – you never know…, The dark Dubhs (my photos now for a while), Dubhs Ridge Start (‘The Slabs’ on the Cuillin map) from across the loch, I was fascinated to see a very new rockfall across the loch under Druim nan Ramh…. Coastline blended into mountains on the day when we left Camasunary bothy and began the hike to Coruisk. But since I did not do either of these hikes to get there I am not the best source of information. We’d heard warnings about the path around the edge of Sgurr na Stri: incredibly rough, difficult to follow, time consuming, and with one obstacle fearsome enough to be called the Bad Step. It’s a majestic, spectacular and eerie place that simply cannot be missed while on Skye. It is thought the man was walking along a path through the area when he became stuck at The Bad Step on the south of the island. Hope you have a good trip…. As long as you take the correct route it's not too tricky, when dry, for the sure footed. There were, of course, huge crevasses between them awaiting the careless and progress was impossible without much use of hands. It’s a very spectacular place – we didn’t get the best day as you couldn’t see the tops of the surrounding Cuillin mountains and it’s a spectacular ridgeline! It took a while to realise he was asking if I was “doing the Dubhs'” as in Sgurr Dubh Mor and Sgurr Dubh Beag, I eventually replied that I was. With our proactive approach to security, we’ll help you keep your business and safe from evolving cyber threats. It is a hard trail requiring good boots, energy and general mountain skills. The Scottish Highlands are truly beautiful – unfortunately, the weather is quite bad! Tessa's hillwalking blog – with added wine. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The coastguard helicopter winched the man to safety and flew him to Broadford Airstrip where he was said to be safe and well. We went clockwise…. Now to say the Step is only about quarter of a mile away, we were amazed at how long it took us to get there – about quarter of an hour each way. The Isle of Skye is famous for its local music and culture. The Bad Step is across the Shiny Slabs ahead (my photo) – it’s the crack running up and then down just above the dry-looking section low down on the rock. Inspired by Marvel's upcoming TV show What If, and because I've recently rewatched AOS twice (and immediately began a third rewatch, I'm obsessed) I am trying out something where I write out a "What If" storyline for elements of the show. The path is gravel with regular puddles. Great selection of photographs. The Skye Bridge links Kyle of Lochalsh, on the mainland, with Kyleakin on Skye across Loch Alsh. First time was a walk in from the Elgol road after arriving in the post bus and then via Camasunary and the ‘step’ to spend a week in the sanctuary. It finally almost came out and we got a half-decent shot. I walked around the coast from Coruisk passing under the mad burn to then take a rising traverse onto the start of the ridge and over Gars-bheinn. A scramble of approximately 200 m (660 ft) along the east ridge will bring you to the summit although care should be taken near the top as there is a "bad step", a 3-metre-high (10-foot) notch in the ridge to negotiate. I have to admit I’m really tempted by the Dubhs Ridge, even though it’s way out of my league. The loch is accessible by boat from Elgol, or on foot from Sligachan (approximately 7–8 miles' distance). Carol. The loch itself can be got to on foot. Cheers. Change ). Actually Enjoying Climbing at Hutton Roof, Drama in the Grassy Northern Fells – Frozen Fell Gill, High Pike via Brandy Gill & Carrock Mines, Seathwaite Fell by Grains and Taylor Gills. What absolutely breath-taking scenery – I want to be there! Firstly, just as I set off, I had an alarming text from my bank about a humungous debit from my account which it took me most of the rest of the day to figure out (turned out to be someone cashing a several months-old cheque!) © "mountain coward" and "The Adventures of a Mountain Coward", 2011 through to present date. Alex Salmond will not appear in front of harassment complaints inquiry tomorrow, Scottish independence: If Scotland 'breaks free' from UK it faces bankruptcy and EU can't afford to let it rejoin soon – Jim Duffy. The bridge opened in 1995 and there was a controversial toll for crossing until 2004, when the bridge was purchased by the … On Friday, the the former Big Brother star … It was a good walk in from Kilmarie on the Elgol Road, up over the Am Mam pass and down to the remote settlement at Camasunary. Probably the most famous song which mentions the island is “The Skye Boat Song”. People on a nearby yacht raised the alarm after noticing the man in difficulty at The Bad Step on the Isle of Skye, coastguards said. The Skye Trail lulls you into a false sense of security at the start, with a very clear and well-walked path to Meall Tuath. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Superb post Carol. We didn’t realise there were two sets of stepping stones – the second were okay but the first were largely underwater and took a lot more balancing. I walked to Loch Coruisk from the Sligachan Hotel once on what was probably one of the wettest days of the 1970s, but I was so wet and cold by the time I got there I just turned around and walked back without doing a circuit of the loch. The 'Bad Step', Skye - geograph.org.uk - 23932.jpg 480 × 640; 113 KB The Bad Step seen from the water - geograph.org.uk - 545012.jpg 640 × 428; 76 KB The Bad Step, en route from Camasunary to Coruisk - geograph.org.uk - 1635571.jpg 640 × 480; 93 KB Walk Scotland has an interesting tale about The Bad Step that begins as: “Friday the thirteenth. I’d still like a stroll down the glen sometime though… En route there are a number of bad steps of which the Bad Step itself is probably impassable without some basic climbing skills. The extremely rocky Black Cuillin in Scotland‘s Isle of Skye is a group of mountains (including 12 Munros) that offers some of the best scrambling and climbing opportunities in the United Kingdom. ... Watch out for the Bad Step; it’s obvious once you get there, a … That’s why I was thinking of a guide as otherwise I’ll be on my own and don’t own a rope at the moment. Whinlatter Round aka ‘Caught in the Forest’! Would quite like to climb onto the ridge via the complete Dubh ridge, looks to be very ‘interesting’. I like the pictures. A stop was soon put to this by the first heavy shower of the day – no rain had been forecast at all… We were eventually kitted up with life jackets and took our place on what they nowadays call ‘a rod’ (a large inflatable boat anyway). I’m heading up to Skye May bank holiday with some mates.. for part of the trip we’re spending a night and day around Loch Coruisk. We eventually clambered to the foot of The Bad Step where I was so quick going up onto the crux of it to try it out, Richard almost missed the act with his camera. All the best, Alen, I still laugh at that photo of Richard with the ‘Yes’ / ‘No’ vote pose . Skye’s Cuillin ridge is the UK’s answer to the Alps. Download its GPS track and follow the itinerary on a map. I’d originally tried to book another guide to take me onto the Cuillin Ridge as my guide had left the island for the rest of the week and the weather was supposed to be superb. It’s only a very short swim back round and I think it would be quite funny…. Ok… in my next life I’m going to be born there….So, so beautiful! After the first corner though, they were largely overhanging to a large degree and obviously impossible for non-climbers. Loch Coruisk can be accessed via a long walk from Sligachan, or from Kilmarie or Elgol via the notorious 'bad step'. I’ve never “Done the Dubhs” yet so I think I’ve missed my window of opportunity now. The Red Cuillin are mainly made up of granite which was less resistant to the glaciers than gabbro, hence the rounded appearance of the hills. Due to the Isle of Skye's weird shape, I can't quite tell if Camasunary Bay is in the south west of the island, so I'll just say it's in the south. There’s just something about it… . Learn how your comment data is processed. Richard’s photo of the stepping stones – the pass from Glen Sligachan over Druim na Haim in the background, I spent the last ten minutes mooching around taking photos…, Loch Scavaig with the Mad Burn (above) and looking moody (below), We then had a quick visit to the Coruisk Hut (my photos again). Mallaig RNLI lifeboat stood by during the rescue which took place at around 8pm on Thursday. At the foot of the slabs we were confronted with ground with essentially no floor and just massive boulders to clamber across. I was slightly amused to see two anglers trying their luck and wondered whether they were from the tents which were pitched up not far from the landing stage. When I got under the start of the route up the slabs, I had no idea how you were supposed to just walk up something so steep and high without a rope and spent the next quite a few minutes exploring for alternatives. Once at the loch you can either retrace your steps (7miles) or, in good weather, leave Coruisk via its south seaward shore. Getting off Sgurr Dubh Beag was by abseil both times so a rope is useful. About to cross the Bad Step en route to the summit of Am Basteir on the Isle of Skye Cuilin Ridge the Bad Step looks an option to incorporate … Put it this way, there was no walking whatsoever once you rounded the corner – just clambering and scrambling. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. From the loch it was a bit tricky negotiating the slabs toward the west end of Loch Coruisk. The section we had to traverse was wet and potentially slippery and there was a clamber onto a shelf above to start which caused me to dither for a while. Richard eventually told me to get on with it and I smeared my way across until I thankfully found the river descent which was very wet but much safer. Don’t attempt the Skye Trail if you’ve never been backpacking before, if your experience of hillwalking is limited to Scafell Pike or Snowdon, or if you can’t navigate with pinpoint accuracy over vague, pathless terrain in hill fog. Simon Howlett Photography (fellow film photographer). Bella Jane Boat Trips & AquaXplore, Elgol Picture: The 'Bad Step' Loch Scavaig - Check out Tripadvisor members' 1,285 candid photos and videos. Did you do them alone? Sorry missed this one – useful route info as usual – the bad step doesn’t look as ‘bad’ as I imagined – I presume it will be doubly awkward with the dog though!! Your Data Will Be Safe and Secure. Pass through the gate and on up the track. I eventually found a grassy rake at the end of the slabs which would take you safely back onto them and quite high up onto the ridge. Eigentlich einfach, aber mit einem Abenteuer zum Schluss. Coruisk to Camasunary via the Bad Step is described in the Scottish Mountaineering Club's "Skye Scrambles" as a grade 1/2 Scramble. ( Log Out /  I quite like these as they are bouncy but, despite the female pilot saying it would be rough, I found it exceedingly tame and didn’t even need to hold on (I am used to riding nutty horses though ), We soon arrived, after a visit to the seal colony, at the landing steps at the end of Loch Scavaig. The Skye Trail is an unofficial route that winds for around 130 kilometres (80 miles) from the northern tip of the island to the harbour town of Broadford. When it stopped raining we took more photos across the loch in the new ‘glishy’ light – me taking yet more ‘Slabs’ photos! I believe there’s at least one abseil involved off Beag… ( Log Out /  Still looks the same though. You could take the coastal walk from Elgol, however it goes through a very difficult section aptly named “ The Bad Step”. Must be nearly ten years since I walked out to camp at Loch Coruisk, your post has got me itching to get back. A boat trip on the Isle of Skye is a must on any Scotland itinerary! With The Bad Step, Loch Coruisk and River Scavaig just around the corner, you could make a night of it and stay at probably the MOST remote holiday home in the UK Camasunarie or stay at the Camasunary Bothie for free. There is no signposting and often there is not even a trail, making it an absolute adventure in an epic landscape, but it requires navigation skills and good fitness. ... Slip on The Bad Step, a slab of rock with a natural crack for … In the end, I was glad I hadn’t managed to hire one! I’d really like to do them sometime though, Have a great trip, Carol.. I’m hoping for decent weather for that weekend . The boat then arrived… surprisingly, as it was the last one, carrying another group of tourists. You can 4×4 to this privately owned cove but you’ll need to contact the Camasunarie Holiday Home and pay for the gate’s code. Eine phantastische Wanderung in das Herz der Cuillins zum Loch Coruisk. Comprised mainly of hard, rough gabbro rock and smoother basalt the ridge was sculpted into its current form by glacial activity and subsequent weathering over the millennia, which created the unique jagged character of the Ridge. Forth tunnel: Think it's ridiculous? Learn More. I think it looks really tough getting onto the ridge from the Coruisk side. She was going to be brave. Another photos of The Dubhs – the portion between Sgurr Dubh Beag and Mor – nasty! Quite fancy a trip out by boat when I do eventually get back. 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