Walk: The Talisker Trinity

[Dolerite columns guard the exit from Preshal More]

The formidable hump rising out of the landscape east of the Talisker road end is Preshal More. Composed almost entirely of perfect dolerite columns (like basalt, but with larger crystals), its spectacular southern side is riven by steep gullies carpeted with shattered crystals, allowing a adrenalin rich escape to the moorland beyond. A little-visited broch, Dun Sleadale, breaks up the tough traipse to the massive sea cliffs behind, with stormy Talisker Bay's boulder beach making up the third of the trio. The dramatic bay is backed by a tall waterfall which gets blown back upwards on windy days (which is most of them). Pathless, tussocky ground and steep ascents help to characterise this energy-sapping circuit. But between basalt, broch and bay, Preshal More, moor and more, there's plenty to keep spirits high - you could top them up again afterwards at the distillery named after this place.

[Talisker Bay - note the waterfall on the far side]

Name: Walk: The Talisker Trinity ★★☆
Length: 8 km / 5 miles - but feels longer
Ascent: 520 metres
Main summits: Preshal More (320 metres)
Points of interest: Dun Sleadale; Talisker Bay
Start / finish: Space for just a few cars at Talisker road end, G.R.: NG 326306 / walking heap radiated

Route: Start - minor road bridge over River Talisker - Preshal More (including west end) by little valley to northeast - gully to south of Preshal More - Dun Sleadale - Beinn nan Cuithean cliffs - Leathad Beithe - Talisker Bay - start
Terrain: Mostly pathless, tussocky ground, occasionally wet, including steep ascent of Preshal More and descent at Leathad Beithe. Descent of Preshal More by steep scree gully. Sleadale Burn crossing tricky in spate. Tarmac road to start and good track to finish.
Wildlife today: Peacocks at the car park; frogs, sheep.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy with some blue skies over Talisker valley; strong, cold wind.

[Approach to Preshal More]


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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