It includes a traverse over the ledge of rock called the ‘Bad Step’, which is ominous. 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. About to cross the Bad Step en route to the summit of Am Basteir on the Isle of Skye Cuilin Ridge Your Data Will Be Safe and Secure. 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. 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. 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”. Another photos of The Dubhs – the portion between Sgurr Dubh Beag and Mor – nasty! The boat then arrived… surprisingly, as it was the last one, carrying another group of tourists. After the first corner though, they were largely overhanging to a large degree and obviously impossible for non-climbers. I’m figuring out a less climb-y route with a couple of others. 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. 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. We then hurried off back for the stepping stones and the boat. Melinda walked behind her still holding her hand but also putting her left hand on Skye's shoulder. Down on our right hand side in the distance you will see a small fresh water loch which has been dammed. As long as you take the correct route it's not too tricky, when dry, for the sure footed. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It finally almost came out and we got a half-decent shot. Apart from any other minor sections of beach, this was the last easy walking we did on this side of the loch – it was very rough indeed for the rest of it and took us around twice as long as the first side had. 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. 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. 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! I believe there’s at least one abseil involved off Beag… Skye Wheatley recently announced that she is expecting her second child with boyfriend Lachlan Waugh. Skye Emily Austen is on Facebook. 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. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner is strictly prohibited. ( Log Out /  There’s a lot of them though…), We had a terrible journey driving to the boat at Elgol. 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. On Friday, the the former Big Brother star … 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. There … Fantastic post! 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. 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. But since I did not do either of these hikes to get there I am not the best source of information. Richard, of course, had his walking pole but I didn’t. When it stopped raining we took more photos across the loch in the new ‘glishy’ light – me taking yet more ‘Slabs’ photos! Looks all much more inviting when the sun is shining! ©JPIMedia Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. I did an out and back to Sgurr Dubh Mor with a bit of scrambling before continuing to the bealach to the west and dropping into Coire an Lochain. 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. Cheers. 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. 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. Whinlatter Round aka ‘Caught in the Forest’! There’s nothing like a good long walk and a bit of an adventure for beating stress and lowering blood pressure! Learn More. A boat trip on the Isle of Skye is a must on any Scotland itinerary! But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. 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! 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. Over the Bad Step. There were, of course, huge crevasses between them awaiting the careless and progress was impossible without much use of hands. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. 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. 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 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. © "mountain coward" and "The Adventures of a Mountain Coward", 2011 through to present date. ... We had to tackle the Bad Step. With SKYE as your IT partner we’ll get your systems working better than ever. 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!! Continue up the path. Alternatively, you can hike from Sligachan. It’s only a very short swim back round and I think it would be quite funny…. Skye, Etappe 4, von Kilmarie zum Loch Coruisk Hiking trail in Kilmarie, Scotland (United Kingdom). 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. Rougher walking. The northern end of the loch is ringed by the Black Cuillin, often wreathed in cloud. Some are heading up on to the Dubh Slabs and the ridge. The bridge opened in 1995 and there was a controversial toll for crossing until 2004, when the bridge was purchased by the … 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 have to admit I’m really tempted by the Dubhs Ridge, even though it’s way out of my league. There were some cairns to mark the way but would have been difficult if the slabs had been wet. Would quite like to climb onto the ridge via the complete Dubh ridge, looks to be very ‘interesting’. Skye’s Cuillin ridge is the UK’s answer to the Alps. Pass through the gate and on up the track. 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 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. Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching Though you lose the body, you do not die. I’d really like to do them sometime though, Have a great trip, Carol.. I’m hoping for decent weather for that weekend . 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). 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! (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! Blaven South Ridge ». I was absolutely fascinated by ‘The Dubhs Ridge’ as you’ll see from my photos. You could take the coastal walk from Elgol, however it goes through a very difficult section aptly named “ The Bad Step”. 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 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 Bad Step looks an option to incorporate … 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. The metal farm gate has a wooden kissing gate on the left hand side. Eine phantastische Wanderung in das Herz der Cuillins zum Loch Coruisk. 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! This website and its associated newspaper are members of Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). 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. Change ). Carol. And another great report, which made me laugh in places. I thought it sounded brilliant. 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!) 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! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Skye took a deep breathe and tightened her grip on Melinda's hand and strode forward to the moving steps. I have to say I have a niggling to go and try the Dubhs but, as usual, I’d need a guide. The Skye Bridge links Kyle of Lochalsh, on the mainland, with Kyleakin on Skye across Loch Alsh. I expressed concern about the slabs we’d just seen them crossing and said they looked far worse. 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 What absolutely breath-taking scenery – I want to be there! 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. It is a hard trail requiring good boots, energy and general mountain skills. Great selection of photographs. 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