/ Finest off shore mountain in British Isles?
Which one? :-)
Cir Mhor. #1
Just to be clear what I meant, there's a Sgurr nan Gillean (and a Cuillin) on Rùm as well.
To answer your question, Blà Bheinn for me.
Whichever one I was up last. Which was, as it often is, Sgurr nan Gillean. The Skye one.
Sorley Maclean's favourite mountain, too.
Boreray takes some beating in the awesome stakes.
An Clisham is a rather graceful hill, wonderful ridge to walk too.
The Quiraing is rather a unique and unmistakeable hill.
> Cir Mhor. #1
And for me.
Although thats mostly because I've never experienced good weather on Skye but seem to get lucky on Arran.
I'm not so sure.
"...agus ged a nochainn Pàrras,
de b' fhiach a ghealach-san gun Bhlà Bheinn?"
"...and even if I came in sight of paradise,
what price its moon without Blaven?"
— Sorley MacLean, ‘An t-Eilean ’ (The Island).
Sgurr nan Gillean
I don't have time to go to the Poetry Section of our bookshelves and look this up, but I'm pretty sure he says Sgurr nan Gillean is the best mountain in the Cuillin, in "The Cuillin".
Possibly. Will look it up when I get home.
I'd have thought 'the Cuillin' was an adequate answer.
Doug, that doesn't conjure up an image of being on Blaven so much (to me anyway) as being somewhere else looking at the moon with Blaven silhouetted against it.
Yes, you could be right there. One of the finest things about Blaven for me (apart from its own form) is the elevated view across to the main Cuillin ridge, especially from the Clach Glas-Bla Bheinn traverse.
It's also a stupendous-looking mountain when seen across Loch Slapin and from further up Strath Suardal, e.g. from Loch Cille Chriosd.
Though I agree, the Skye Cuillin in general is a place of superlatives.
Gillean, Alasdair, Clach Glas, Am Basteir (and its famous Tooth) - all great mountain subjects. I became completely obsessed with the Basteir Tooth, I'll have to admit (so much so that Mike Lates called a new route on it 'Gordon's Wet Dream' :))
Not sure if you would call them mountains, but for drama it is hard to beat Stac an Armin and Stac Lee.
Impressive memory - you're right.
An Sgurra Biorach sgurr as airde
An Sgurra nan Gillean sgurr an fhearr dhiubh
An sgurra Sgitheanach thar chaich dhiubh.
The Sgurr Biorach the highest sgurr,
but Sgurr nan Gillean the best sgurr,
the sgurr of Skye above the rest.
Ah, but that's only saying it's the best sgurr! ;-)
I would probably go for Gillean too
I was thinking of those as well.
> Ah, but that's only saying it's the best sgurr! ;-)
Gun tigeadh dhomhsa thar gach aite (My place above every other place)...?
I could not agree more, so I am going to disagree with everyone so far and nominate Sgurr na Stri for the simply amazing 360degree view. Over Loch Coruisk to the Cuillin Ridge to the west, round to the Red Cuillin and Bla Bheinn to the east and out over Loch Scavaig to Rum to the south.
Try Ronas hill in the Shetlands. The tallest there and not much more than a 1000ft if I recall. It has a wide range of alpine flora and topographical features that aare associated with arctic conditions, and largely stands isolated from the surrounding countryside.
A splendid isolated climb if ever there was one and not one many of your 'experts' will have been up.
Alias Craig is a cracking island. The summit is a sublime place to sit for an hour or two.
The Sgurr of Eigg is also a superb walk and a great place to end the night on.
More so spending a night on top of Ailsa Craig. That would be something. I'm going back on a RIB next month via lady isle just wish I could talk the rest of them into it.
Sgurr of Eigg we wanted to summit camp but was too misty/windy so opted for a beach camp burning dried out cow pats. Don't knock it I was surprised how long they burn for : )
the 360 degree view from here is pretty hard to beat.
> Cir Mhor. #1
Lady Isle is an interesting place - great views and sense of space, but awkward to walk on due to a combination of holes and thick-stemmed grasses presumably helped along by the dead seabirds lying around all over the place. Re the Cuillin, I was much taken with Marsco.
Yes, Marsco is an unspoken gem, a very impressive mountain indeed, with a very surprising knife-edge summit ridge. Not much frequented. Of course very much overshadowed by its much rockier and more dramatic Black Cuillin neighbours.
With a great little VS, The Snark.
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