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Blà Bheinn: Skye’s Outsider Mountain

Of the 282 Scottish Munros (mountains over 3,00ft), 12 of them are on this 50-mile-long west Scottish island. However, one of them stands apart from all the rest, quite literally.

The Isle of Skye is famous for its dramatic landscapes and breathtaking scenery, and no wonder it is a mecca for enthusiastic mountain walkers. Of the 282 Scottish Munros (mountains over 3,00ft), 12 of them are on this 50-mile-long west Scottish island. However, one of them stands apart from all the rest, quite literally.

This is the 3,248ft high Blà Bheinn, sometimes also called Blaven. It is isolated from the other 11 Munros, which form a part of the formidable Cuillin mountain range. From its summit, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Black and Red Cuillin mountains, not to mention sea lochs, glens, and views over the mainland Scottish Highlands.

Blà Bheinn is not considered a technically difficult mountain to climb, although there are some rocky sections and areas of scree which require some moderate scrambling (the use of both hands and feet to manoeuvre up or down a rocky or rough stretch of terrain).

It’s the perfect challenge for those with some previous experience of mountain hiking, who want to test themselves without the need for technical rock-climbing skills. Some people have even described Blà Bheinn as the most magnificent mountain in the UK!

The other Munros on Skye are part of the Cuillin Ridge, which is the remains of a huge volcanic magma chamber. The rough gabbro rock that forms most of the Black Cuillins is a huge draw for climber and scramblers, as it provides plenty of hand and foot holds for the steeper sections.

The Red Cuillins are mainly formed of granite, which gives them a more rounded shape, and there are fewer of the jagged ridges, boulder hills, and scree slopes which characterise the Black Cuillins. Therefore, they are more suited to less experienced walkers who nevertheless want to test themselves on some challenging terrain.

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