Some are heading up on to the Dubh Slabs and the ridge. Tessa's hillwalking blog – with added wine. Still looks the same though. There’s just something about it… . The Scottish Highlands are truly beautiful – unfortunately, the weather is quite bad! Simon Howlett Photography (fellow film photographer). This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Just as they docked, there was another severe heavy shower with again much hail and they all refused to leave the boat – softies! Easier beach walking (Richard’s photos again) 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! I was absolutely fascinated by ‘The Dubhs Ridge’ as you’ll see from my photos. 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. Your Data Will Be Safe and Secure. My photo after the really nasty bit and approaching the descent river, Richard’s photo of me descending the river. 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. Pass through the gate and on up the track. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. En route there are a number of bad steps of which the Bad Step itself is probably impassable without some basic climbing skills. I have to admit I’m really tempted by the Dubhs Ridge, even though it’s way out of my league. But since I did not do either of these hikes to get there I am not the best source of information. 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. 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. The coastguard helicopter winched the man to safety and flew him to Broadford Airstrip where he was said to be safe and well. 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. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. There were, of course, huge crevasses between them awaiting the careless and progress was impossible without much use of hands. It’s only a very short swim back round and I think it would be quite funny…. 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. 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! 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. I’d really like to do them sometime though, Have a great trip, Carol.. I’m hoping for decent weather for that weekend . There’s nothing like a good long walk and a bit of an adventure for beating stress and lowering blood pressure! And the warnings were there long before we reached the Misty Isle.” Photo #45 by torino071 Rougher walking. ... Watch out for the Bad Step; it’s obvious once you get there, a … ( Log Out / 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). When it stopped raining we took more photos across the loch in the new ‘glishy’ light – me taking yet more ‘Slabs’ photos! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The Skye Bridge links Kyle of Lochalsh, on the mainland, with Kyleakin on Skye across Loch Alsh. Quite fancy a trip out by boat when I do eventually get back. I like the pictures. Looking ahead, we could see a bad shower was on its way – when it hit, it was very heavy indeed and had quite some hail in amongst it. Put it this way, there was no walking whatsoever once you rounded the corner – just clambering and scrambling. There … Few people however, realise that there is a direct connection between the Skye Boat Song and Loch Coruisk. 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. Alternatively, you can hike from Sligachan. We all just put our hoods up and stood waiting until they deigned to get off and let us on. Carol. ©JPIMedia Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. Not the best date to tackle Skye’s infamous ‘Bad Step’. They didn’t think so and said we’d soon find a river descending them easily back down to near the shore. 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. It is also possible to walk from Elgol, but one section of the path ("the Bad Step") presents some potential difficulties for the nervous or inexperienced. 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. Continue up the path. Looks all much more inviting when the sun is shining! Superb post Carol. 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. With our proactive approach to security, we’ll help you keep your business and safe from evolving cyber threats. Ok… in my next life I’m going to be born there….So, so beautiful! 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. We then reached a nice section of stony beach which took us on easily for a few minutes. (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! A boat trip on the Isle of Skye is a must on any Scotland itinerary! 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 northern end of the loch is ringed by the Black Cuillin, often wreathed in cloud. There were some cairns to mark the way but would have been difficult if the slabs had been wet. 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. 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…. 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. 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. First, walk around Loch Coruisk; second, follow the coast and cross the Bad Step. 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. We then hurried off back for the stepping stones and the boat. On Friday, the the former Big Brother star … The Isle of Skye is famous for its local music and culture. 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!) 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. Fantastic post! Must be nearly ten years since I walked out to camp at Loch Coruisk, your post has got me itching to get back. I loved our quick trip around the seals – they were all basking – lovely little fatties on every rock in various lazing poses , Garsbheinn – the start of the famous Cuillin Ridge Traverse, On surmounting the steps onto dry land, Richard and I were quickly on our way, mainly because I thought everyone would be walking around the loch and I was desperate for a pee! 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. « Actually Enjoying Climbing at Hutton Roof Did you do them alone? 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. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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. Today's creation is "What If the first Centipede soldier exploded only an hour earlier, leading to Skye never joining the team." Walk Scotland has an interesting tale about The Bad Step that begins as: “Friday the thirteenth. the Bad Step looks an option to incorporate … About to cross the Bad Step en route to the summit of Am Basteir on the Isle of Skye Cuilin Ridge 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. 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. Eine phantastische Wanderung in das Herz der Cuillins zum 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. Down on our right hand side in the distance you will see a small fresh water loch which has been dammed. 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. The path raises and drops as you pass over this first section. 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! This website and its associated newspaper are members of Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). I’m figuring out a less climb-y route with a couple of others. 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. Blaven South Ridge ». This could be scrambled down until recently but a rockfall now means it must be avoided, downclimbed or abseiled. From the loch it was a bit tricky negotiating the slabs toward the west end of Loch Coruisk. ... We had to tackle the Bad Step. Carol. I believe there’s at least one abseil involved off Beag… Hiya Carol. I’d still like a stroll down the glen sometime though… 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 Red Cuillin are mainly made up of granite which was less resistant to the glaciers than gabbro, hence the rounded appearance of the hills. Forth tunnel: Think it's ridiculous? Some are heading up on to the Dubh Slabs and the ridge. The loch is accessible by boat from Elgol, or on foot from Sligachan (approximately 7–8 miles' distance). Mallaig RNLI lifeboat stood by during the rescue which took place at around 8pm on Thursday. "When the step starts forming Skye, step onto it … Download its GPS track and follow the itinerary on a map. From the carpark cross the road to a gateway, there will be a Green Sign confirming the route. She was going to be brave. What absolutely breath-taking scenery – I want to be there! Skye, Etappe 4, von Kilmarie zum Loch Coruisk Hiking trail in Kilmarie, Scotland (United Kingdom). 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. I expressed concern about the slabs we’d just seen them crossing and said they looked far worse. the Bad Step looks an option to incorporate , I think I’m up there with my club around then – staying at Glenbrittle though so don’t think we’ll make it round to do the Dubh Slabs. Loch Coruisk can be accessed via a long walk from Sligachan, or from Kilmarie or Elgol via the notorious 'bad step'. Thu 7 Aug 2014 © "mountain coward" and "The Adventures of a Mountain Coward", 2011 through to present date. The metal farm gate has a wooden kissing gate on the left hand side. 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 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. 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