Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. After the first corner though, they were largely overhanging to a large degree and obviously impossible for non-climbers. Tessa's hillwalking blog – with added wine. I still maintain the step is easier than the preceding slabs as it was sheer below you – if you fell off, you wouldn’t scrape anywhere, you’d just make a nice, resounding splash into the deep sea – far preferable in my book to multiple lacerations! There were, of course, huge crevasses between them awaiting the careless and progress was impossible without much use of hands. The path passes the ruins of Duntulm Castle and the remains of Erisco, a crofting settlement deserted in the eighteenth century. Download its GPS track and follow the itinerary on a map. I think it looks really tough getting onto the ridge from the Coruisk side. Mallaig RNLI lifeboat stood by during the rescue which took place at around 8pm on Thursday. Ok… in my next life I’m going to be born there….So, so beautiful! I eventually found a grassy rake at the end of the slabs which would take you safely back onto them and quite high up onto the ridge. Coruisk to Camasunary via the Bad Step is described in the Scottish Mountaineering Club's "Skye Scrambles" as a grade 1/2 Scramble. Firstly, just as I set off, I had an alarming text from my bank about a humungous debit from my account which it took me most of the rest of the day to figure out (turned out to be someone cashing a several months-old cheque!) At last, Richard and I finally managed to get to Loch Coruisk for our long-promised walk around its shore – we didn’t get the weather we’d hoped for though, even though it was forecast for the day. It’s a majestic, spectacular and eerie place that simply cannot be missed while on Skye. Walk Scotland has an interesting tale about The Bad Step that begins as: “Friday the thirteenth. Richard, of course, had his walking pole but I didn’t. There’s nothing like a good long walk and a bit of an adventure for beating stress and lowering blood pressure! Over the Bad Step. Easier beach walking (Richard’s photos again) The Isle of Skye is famous for its local music and culture. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. The bridge opened in 1995 and there was a controversial toll for crossing until 2004, when the bridge was purchased by the … It is thought the man was walking along a path through the area when he became stuck at The Bad Step on the south of the island. I’m figuring out a less climb-y route with a couple of others. The metal farm gate has a wooden kissing gate on the left hand side. Would quite like to climb onto the ridge via the complete Dubh ridge, looks to be very ‘interesting’. The day had not started in a very promising way, as the shot of the boats in Kentra Bay shows, but amazingly enough the weather perked up when I got to Skye - and it's not often you can say that! It is also possible to walk from Elgol, but one section of the path ("the Bad Step") presents some potential difficulties for the nervous or inexperienced. Superb post Carol. It’s a very spectacular place – we didn’t get the best day as you couldn’t see the tops of the surrounding Cuillin mountains and it’s a spectacular ridgeline! Quite fancy a trip out by boat when I do eventually get back. Hope you have a good trip…. Probably the most famous song which mentions the island is “The Skye Boat Song”. The section we had to traverse was wet and potentially slippery and there was a clamber onto a shelf above to start which caused me to dither for a while. At the foot of the slabs we were confronted with ground with essentially no floor and just massive boulders to clamber across. Looks all much more inviting when the sun is shining! Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching Though you lose the body, you do not die. I walked to Loch Coruisk from the Sligachan Hotel once on what was probably one of the wettest days of the 1970s, but I was so wet and cold by the time I got there I just turned around and walked back without doing a circuit of the loch. Some are heading up on to the Dubh Slabs and the ridge. Thu 7 Aug 2014 Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner is strictly prohibited. ... A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I’d still like a stroll down the glen sometime though… The northern end of the loch is ringed by the Black Cuillin, often wreathed in cloud. The loch itself can be got to on foot. Bella Jane Boat Trips & AquaXplore, Elgol Picture: The 'Bad Step' Loch Scavaig - Check out Tripadvisor members' 1,285 candid photos and videos. Apart from any other minor sections of beach, this was the last easy walking we did on this side of the loch – it was very rough indeed for the rest of it and took us around twice as long as the first side had. ( Log Out /  Today's creation is "What If the first Centipede soldier exploded only an hour earlier, leading to Skye never joining the team." Getting off Sgurr Dubh Beag was by abseil both times so a rope is useful. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Rougher walking. We all just put our hoods up and stood waiting until they deigned to get off and let us on. Learn More. But since I did not do either of these hikes to get there I am not the best source of information. There’s a lot of them though…), We had a terrible journey driving to the boat at Elgol. I was slightly amused to see two anglers trying their luck and wondered whether they were from the tents which were pitched up not far from the landing stage. When I got under the start of the route up the slabs, I had no idea how you were supposed to just walk up something so steep and high without a rope and spent the next quite a few minutes exploring for alternatives. Inspired by Marvel's upcoming TV show What If, and because I've recently rewatched AOS twice (and immediately began a third rewatch, I'm obsessed) I am trying out something where I write out a "What If" storyline for elements of the show. Some are heading up on to the Dubh Slabs and the ridge. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Loch Coruisk can be accessed via a long walk from Sligachan, or from Kilmarie or Elgol via the notorious 'bad step'. The coastguard helicopter winched the man to safety and flew him to Broadford Airstrip where he was said to be safe and well. Did you do them alone? It was a good walk in from Kilmarie on the Elgol Road, up over the Am Mam pass and down to the remote settlement at Camasunary. Great selection of photographs. © "mountain coward" and "The Adventures of a Mountain Coward", 2011 through to present date. I must admit though, that I do have a secret hankering to try the Dubhs Ridge – would have to be with a guide I think though – looks quite nasty getting off Sgurr Dubh Beag! Richard’s photo of the stepping stones – the pass from Glen Sligachan over Druim na Haim in the background, I spent the last ten minutes mooching around taking photos…, Loch Scavaig with the Mad Burn (above) and looking moody (below), We then had a quick visit to the Coruisk Hut (my photos again). Carol. Blaven South Ridge ». Your Data Will Be Safe and Secure. We eventually reached the rockfall we’d seen from across the loch and I took some more photos – you can tell the newly fallen rocks, they’re bright grey instead of weathered brown. We went clockwise…. « Actually Enjoying Climbing at Hutton Roof Simon Howlett Photography (fellow film photographer). I’m hoping they’ll still let us come if they vote Yes! Alternatively, you can hike from Sligachan. It is a hard trail requiring good boots, energy and general mountain skills. And the warnings were there long before we reached the Misty Isle.” Photo #45 by torino071 Eine phantastische Wanderung in das Herz der Cuillins zum Loch Coruisk. Alex Salmond will not appear in front of harassment complaints inquiry tomorrow, Scottish independence: If Scotland 'breaks free' from UK it faces bankruptcy and EU can't afford to let it rejoin soon – Jim Duffy. There is no signposting and often there is not even a trail, making it an absolute adventure in an epic landscape, but it requires navigation skills and good fitness. Don’t attempt the Skye Trail if you’ve never been backpacking before, if your experience of hillwalking is limited to Scafell Pike or Snowdon, or if you can’t navigate with pinpoint accuracy over vague, pathless terrain in hill fog. Melinda walked behind her still holding her hand but also putting her left hand on Skye's shoulder. In the end, I was glad I hadn’t managed to hire one! Now to say the Step is only about quarter of a mile away, we were amazed at how long it took us to get there – about quarter of an hour each way. Looking ahead, we could see a bad shower was on its way – when it hit, it was very heavy indeed and had quite some hail in amongst it. I walked around the coast from Coruisk passing under the mad burn to then take a rising traverse onto the start of the ridge and over Gars-bheinn. We reached the end of the loch in around an hour, on a now very rough path, and I decided I wanted to look around the corner into Coir ‘Uisg. The Bad Step is across the Shiny Slabs ahead (my photo) – it’s the crack running up and then down just above the dry-looking section low down on the rock. Due to the Isle of Skye's weird shape, I can't quite tell if Camasunary Bay is in the south west of the island, so I'll just say it's in the south. The Black Cuillin Ridge was formed 60,000,000 years ago and is all that remains of an eroded magma chamber of a huge volcano. I have to admit I’m really tempted by the Dubhs Ridge, even though it’s way out of my league. The path is gravel with regular puddles. I quite like these as they are bouncy but, despite the female pilot saying it would be rough, I found it exceedingly tame and didn’t even need to hold on (I am used to riding nutty horses though ), We soon arrived, after a visit to the seal colony, at the landing steps at the end of Loch Scavaig. Fantastic post! When it stopped raining we took more photos across the loch in the new ‘glishy’ light – me taking yet more ‘Slabs’ photos! Once at the loch you can either retrace your steps (7miles) or, in good weather, leave Coruisk via its south seaward shore. Carol. Camasunary derives from a Gaelic name that means "Bay of the White Shieling." The path raises and drops as you pass over this first section. I’d really like to do them sometime though, Have a great trip, Carol.. I’m hoping for decent weather for that weekend . Richard eventually told me to get on with it and I smeared my way across until I thankfully found the river descent which was very wet but much safer. A scramble of approximately 200 m (660 ft) along the east ridge will bring you to the summit although care should be taken near the top as there is a "bad step", a 3-metre-high (10-foot) notch in the ridge to negotiate. Colin Henderson recommends some top scrambles. ( Log Out /  We crossed the several sections of burn dryfoot and easily and then I immediately fell in a very deep bog hole and poured water in the top of my boot! With our proactive approach to security, we’ll help you keep your business and safe from evolving cyber threats. Still looks the same though. You’ve done two things there I’ve always wanted to do but never have. "When the step starts forming Skye, step onto it … We eventually clambered to the foot of The Bad Step where I was so quick going up onto the crux of it to try it out, Richard almost missed the act with his camera. I like the pictures. About to cross the Bad Step en route to the summit of Am Basteir on the Isle of Skye Cuilin Ridge It bridges a distance of some 500m. Skye Emily Austen is on Facebook. (click on photos for full size/resolution – half are mine, half Richard’s – but all are digital point-and-shoot this time as I forgot my proper camera on the day! I was fascinated to see how shiny and lethal-looking the nearby rocks suddenly became, especially on the side of Sgurr na Stri ahead of us. The boat then arrived… surprisingly, as it was the last one, carrying another group of tourists. This could be scrambled down until recently but a rockfall now means it must be avoided, downclimbed or abseiled. Actually I think I’m the week before – you’re lucky as otherwise you’d have cr*p weather – I’m a bad-weather jinx! First, walk around Loch Coruisk; second, follow the coast and cross the Bad Step. My photo after the really nasty bit and approaching the descent river, Richard’s photo of me descending the river. ©JPIMedia Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. Not the best date to tackle Skye’s infamous ‘Bad Step’. The 'Bad Step', Skye - geograph.org.uk - 23932.jpg 480 × 640; 113 KB The Bad Step seen from the water - geograph.org.uk - 545012.jpg 640 × 428; 76 KB The Bad Step, en route from Camasunary to Coruisk - geograph.org.uk - 1635571.jpg 640 × 480; 93 KB Whinlatter Round aka ‘Caught in the Forest’! That’s why I was thinking of a guide as otherwise I’ll be on my own and don’t own a rope at the moment. This website and its associated newspaper are members of Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Continue up the path. Must be nearly ten years since I walked out to camp at Loch Coruisk, your post has got me itching to get back. We then hurried off back for the stepping stones and the boat. I’m not sure it will cause the dog many problems – it might cause you a problem if you’re hanging on to the other end of his lead at the time though! Change ). It includes a traverse over the ledge of rock called the ‘Bad Step’, which is ominous. You can 4×4 to this privately owned cove but you’ll need to contact the Camasunarie Holiday Home and pay for the gate’s code. Hiya Carol. She was going to be brave. Carol. People on a nearby yacht raised the alarm after noticing the man in difficulty at The Bad Step on the Isle of Skye, coastguards said. A boat trip on the Isle of Skye is a must on any Scotland itinerary! I thought it sounded brilliant. The hike from Kilmarie to Coruisk via the Bad Step is one of the most spectacular and challenging of Skye's low-level walks (11 miles round-trip; allow at least six hours). Actually Enjoying Climbing at Hutton Roof, Drama in the Grassy Northern Fells – Frozen Fell Gill, High Pike via Brandy Gill & Carrock Mines, Seathwaite Fell by Grains and Taylor Gills. The Skye Bridge links Kyle of Lochalsh, on the mainland, with Kyleakin on Skye across Loch Alsh. The Red Cuillin are mainly made up of granite which was less resistant to the glaciers than gabbro, hence the rounded appearance of the hills. Down on our right hand side in the distance you will see a small fresh water loch which has been dammed. ( Log Out /  It’s a 11km one-way hike from Sligachan and 9km from Kilmarie. The Skye Trail lulls you into a false sense of security at the start, with a very clear and well-walked path to Meall Tuath. Just as they docked, there was another severe heavy shower with again much hail and they all refused to leave the boat – softies! Then, we got stuck behind a few dawdling cars who really couldn’t be bothered with the single-track road rule despite a queue building up behind them – that of letting faster drivers past – that was also despite several signs on the roadside reminding them of their duty That meant that, by the time I forced my way past them with a few very nifty but rather dodgy manoeuvres after following them for around 7 miles, my blood pressure was absolutely sky-high , We arrived at Elgol in bright sunshine and I proceeded to sunbathe on the pier. I’d originally tried to book another guide to take me onto the Cuillin Ridge as my guide had left the island for the rest of the week and the weather was supposed to be superb. We’d heard warnings about the path around the edge of Sgurr na Stri: incredibly rough, difficult to follow, time consuming, and with one obstacle fearsome enough to be called the Bad Step. Few people however, realise that there is a direct connection between the Skye Boat Song and Loch Coruisk. I was in my 20s when I first walked that route. Skye’s Cuillin ridge is the UK’s answer to the Alps. All the best, Alen, I still laugh at that photo of Richard with the ‘Yes’ / ‘No’ vote pose . We didn’t realise there were two sets of stepping stones – the second were okay but the first were largely underwater and took a lot more balancing. There … I’ve never “Done the Dubhs” yet so I think I’ve missed my window of opportunity now. I was very pleased we were given hot drinks on the trip back but sad not to be returning on ‘the rod’ as it was by now much bouncier and would have been superb fun. Put it this way, there was no walking whatsoever once you rounded the corner – just clambering and scrambling. the Bad Step looks an option to incorporate … Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I’d been studying the back of my future long-skyline route around the Banachdich/Ghreadaidh tops with quite some trepidation – everything looks so rocky and sheer from the Coruisk side! I’m figuring out a less climb-y route with a couple of others. I did an out and back to Sgurr Dubh Mor with a bit of scrambling before continuing to the bealach to the west and dropping into Coire an Lochain. We help our clients stay one step ahead of the bad guys. I love the pics…no wonder you are always in Scotland. The hike from Kilmarie to Coruisk via the Bad Step is one of the most spectacular and challenging of Skye's low-level walks (11 miles round-trip; allow at least six hours). There’s just something about it… . From the carpark cross the road to a gateway, there will be a Green Sign confirming the route. One of the many fine memories I have of the trip was when walking along the ridge dropping from Sgurr nan Eag a walker coming the other way enquired if I was “doing the doo’s”. I have been a couple of times ‘doing the doo’s’ with a forty year gap between the visits…..different starting place for the slabs each time. From the loch it was a bit tricky negotiating the slabs toward the west end of Loch Coruisk. When we set off and I got onto the slabs, I was horrified at the huge, steep slide down the rough rock into the sea if you slipped. The Scottish Highlands are truly beautiful – unfortunately, the weather is quite bad! ... Slip on The Bad Step, a slab of rock with a natural crack for … Skye, Etappe 4, von Kilmarie zum Loch Coruisk Hiking trail in Kilmarie, Scotland (United Kingdom). ... Watch out for the Bad Step; it’s obvious once you get there, a … And Richard, less obsessed, taking some nice loch and river photos…, We then set off for a little extension to ‘The Bad Step’ as I wanted to see, and possibly have a go on it…, Richard’s photo of the start of the path across a low pass under Sgurr na Stri. First time was a walk in from the Elgol road after arriving in the post bus and then via Camasunary and the ‘step’ to spend a week in the sanctuary. I was absolutely fascinated by ‘The Dubhs Ridge’ as you’ll see from my photos. Comprised mainly of hard, rough gabbro rock and smoother basalt the ridge was sculpted into its current form by glacial activity and subsequent weathering over the millennia, which created the unique jagged character of the Ridge. The first half of the loch shore was pretty good really – very wet underfoot if you couldn’t walk on ‘the whales’ (the long, smooth rock formations) but, luckily, you mostly could until the end of the loch. 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