Another walk on well built and maintained paths (mostly), a little bit further this time: about 9km. The path started behind the camping at Loch Brittle with a steady climb to Coire Lagan, getting higher above the Loch. Again I felt lucky with such beautiful weather and magnificent views. It was not exactly busy on the path, but there were always people in sight, useful for providing a sense of scale in this image.
A bit further on, about 100 yards from the path, I saw this rock. It was as if the young sapling had split it apart. The rock is a big piece of Gabbro. It is “phaneritic, mafic intrusive igneous rock.” How about that for a collection of esoteric and abstruse terms to define what is in essence a volcanic rock produced when molten magma is trapped beneath the Earth’s surface and slowly cools. It is loved by climbers as its rough texture provides a great non-slip surface to put your boot on.
One of the rewards after the long climb up the Coire Lagan was the view of Loch An Fhir Ballaich, again with some Gabbro boulders in front.
There was a possible scramble up to a little loch at the top of Coir Lagan, but as I was weighed down with tripod, camera, lenses, clothes and other bits, I turned back when it was clear I would need two free hands to safely negotiate it. On the way back, along the north side of Loch An Fhir Ballaich there were some good views of Eas Mòr, which, according to my little book of walks, is the highest on Skye. Not sure about that, what about the falls down the sea cliffs north of Portree? It looked good anyway so I made quite a few pictures.
The last bit of the walk was easy and after crossing the burn I got back to the car tired and contented.