A lovely 6 hour hike from Arnol Blackhouse (finally got around to see it, very interesting) to Clach an Tushal standing stone. The first half was pretty boggy and tough, the second half was across dunes where a lot of midden, burials and pottery were found in the 1980ies. Saw more standing stones and stone settings as well.
The Clach an Tushal standing stone was majestic, and this time we found the stone circle as well behind it (we went there last year too). Took shelter in a ruin near the standing stone when it started to rain, very lovely.
Muscles are quite sore now after a rather gruelling week of strength training (finally hit the 120kg deadlift mark, the 35kg bench press and 35kg overhead push press. Not bad, considering I only started proper olympic lifting 2 months ago), daily runs, the 52km cycle to Callanish last Sunday, a fast one hour run on Thursday and 2 long hikes.
Well, I wanted a good steep hike up a mountain and I got one…:S glad there was a charity walk at the same time and the mountain rescue was there to assist and light the way, because that was not an easy climb. A climb is was, partly on hands and knees as it was so steep and slippery. Dense fog & mist, strong winds, slippery stones and boggy paths for the entire way, the descend took us as long as the ascend. Never thought I’d say that, but I was glad to be back on boggy ground! Walked all the 5 hours with wet feet, because I managed to slip at the start and fell into a river haha Today I’m sporting a few bruises, scratches on my shins and hands – but no sore legs, surprisingly.
Mount Clisham is a Corbett and 799 metres high, the highest mountain on the Outer Hebrides.
time to ascend to the summit: 1 1/2 hours
total ascend: 650 metres
No view from the top for obvious reasons… will try again when it’s not been raining so much before.
the ascent at the beginning
the only way is up
interesting stone form
when we still had some kind of view
the last 100 metres up
the summit – fantastic view, isn’t it….
well earned pile of pasta & cheese! (green cheese is some artisan French cheese with various herbs – best cheese!) and parmesan
now imagine walking there with howling wind, mist and on slippery stones.
don’t look down.
ohhh the end is nigh!
waiting for the bus
the road to Rhenigdale was only built in the 1980ies – beforehand they had to walk across mountains for 2 hours to get to the nearest road!
Half-day trip to the Uig area yesterday, 5 hours of round trip starting from Miavaig across the hills to a dun (https://canmore.org.uk/site/4020/lewis-dun-bharabhat), a wheelhouse, along the Reef beach to the Viking burial ground, along the coast to two more beaches and back to Miavaig. We will go there again to properly explore more sites as we couldn’t reach some sites.