It is easy
to overlook the fact that Skye has many fine hills outwith the Black Cuillin.
Not only that, many provide outstanding views of that classic ridge, perhaps
as a whet to your appetite, perhaps as an easier day when you can look
back at past accomplishments.
walk takes in three hills, lying in a tight-knit group between Broadford
and Loch Slapin and, as the name suggests, to the east of the main Skye
ridge. Choose a day with clear views and you will be doubly rewarded.
The ascents appear steep but will be found to be much more reasonable.
the A881 road south of Broadford, where a path goes north to Coire-chat-achan
(coire of the wild cats). There are three hills, of which Beinn na Caillich
is the highest at 732m. The photo is taken from Loch Slapin and shows
the other two hills, Beinn Dearg Mhor and Bheag, with Beinn na Caillich
ruins at Coire-chat-achan take the slopes WNW leading to the east shoulder
of Beinn na Caillich (601 233, 732m). Its name means the old woman, and
when, after the bouldery finish leads to the grassy summit, you may be
tempted to imagine the past, as a Norwegian princess is supposed to be
buried under the giant cairn.
sleeping princess, continue west round the north of Coire Gorm, dropping
to a bealach then up to another large cairn on the summit of Beinn Dearg
Mhor (big red hill, 709m, 588 228). From here also, there are fine views,
in this case of Blaven.
now lead SSE down to the Bealach Coire Sgreamhach, with a gently curving
ridge leading up to the prominent cairn of the third hill of the walk,
Beinn Dearg Bheag (little red hill, 584m, 593 219). The descent goes SSE
at first then east, leading down to the Allt Beinn Deirge. Follow this
back to Coire-chat-achan and the path back to the road.