/ Island Tops Bagging List
Dun Caan on Raasay, brilliant hill.
Haven't come up with a plan to visit the islands of UK. Instead, I have this vague notion to climb the highest peak on all the Scottish islands. So far, I've ticked off Harris, Sth Uist, Eriskay, Skye, Mull, Luing and Arran.
Like your idea.
I collect highest points of land masses. I have in my collection:
NZ North Island
I know: must do better. But will soon.
Hamish Haswell-Smith's book 'The Scottish Islands' is a great resource - lists all the islands and gives some information (topology, geology, flora, fauna, social history etc). Good start to a list for Scotland at least.
Let mw know when you're doing Kelham Island, Pete, and we'll meet up ;)
> This is the list you need
> Done over half of them. Can really recommend Ailsa Craig and Scarba as interesting and unusual destinations.
I did mainland Shetland, Yell and Unst last year, hope to do St Kilda this year . I am not halfway, but quite a few , thanks for he list.
N.b if anyone wants to do Shetland on a budget, look up Bods from the amenity trust , really cheap, accommodation in unusual places, just take your own fuel.
It is a smart place Ailsa Craig so much so were returning this year but taking in lady isle also.
The island chain down to Berneray was about the best for me yet.
Getting off Taransay in my old 4hp dinghy and across in a fast approaching storm was probably my most stupid move just to bag a peak n island.
Because you usually go from sea level and the tops have a significance arising from their position I reckon 100 metres height would produce a sensible list. Otherwise it's really just island bagging, a fantastic objective in itself I agree. Just doing Read's Island is worthy of a lifetime's ambition!
You can easily generate such a list from the British Hills Database at http://hills-database.co.uk/downloads.html by extracting hills for which Drop = Height.
There are some more "stopper" sea stacks in addition to the St. Kilda ones!
Lindisfarne might be an issue, as the highest point is somewhat occupied....
Going to its n neighbour in 2 weeks. One thing I noticed with people I climbed with when I was younger was the move to boats (mostly sailing).
The Marilyn/Hump thing or trig point numbers collection scares the c##p out me. I have met some doing islands and these folks are quite extreme in an intense way. They started chanting on top of a hill I visited on Mingulay with the tourist boat.
Speaking as a wee hill bagger, we are not all like that, but you have a point.
I take part in a few of these trips and have a reasonable collection. It was all quite sane up to a few years ago. That chant is an embarassing annoyance which is now taken as an excuse to wander off a bit to take a photo. Any HoF folk here - consider canning it, at least in public.
AFAIK the trigpoint collectors do not indulge in this behaviour.
Easy enough to get the 100m+ list off the hills database
> I did mainland Shetland, Yell and Unst last year, hope to do St Kilda this year .
What did you do to them?
That's it. "Hof, hof, hof, hof, hof, hof, hof, hof" while they patted the trig point in a fast demented manner.
I have to say through I was the one talking to myself a safe distance away. As you say pretending to take pictures.
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