Walk: Beinn Dhubh & the deep blue
|[Beinn Dhubh from Mol an Tighe]|
Beinn Dhubh (black hill) is the rounded summit overlooking the north side of Luskentyre Bay, and the eastern end of a chain of hills stretching inland towards Tarbert. There are no paths to assist with the ascent, but the reward for taking on the challenge is a magnificent vista encompassing North Harris, South Harris and the deep blue sea surrounding them - with one of Scotland's very best beaches waiting at the bottom. The start and finish of the hill walk proper are linked by a 4 km road walk, though quite a scenic one. Begin in the middle to break up the monotony, or walk along the beach for some of the distance if the tide is low.
|[Magnificent views towards North Harris from the summit ridge]|
📌 Walk: Beinn Dhubh & the deep blue ★★★☆☆
Length: 12 km / 7 miles
Ascent: 570 metres
Main summits: Beinn Losgaintir (436 metres); Beinn Dhubh (506 metres, Graham)
Points of interest: Luskentyre Beach
Start / finish: Car park on minor road a mile south-east of Luskentyre (other start points possible elsewhere on this road), G.R.: NG 079982 ///asking.flying.tucked
Route: Car park - leave road at G.R.: NG 094974 - Sròn Godamuil - Beinn Losgaintir - Beinn Dhubh - descend west then north to Mol an Tighe - Tràigh Rosamol - start via road
Terrain: Pathless apart from the road section at the start / end. Variety of terrain types: rock slabs, short grass, tiring heather (mostly on descent), some bog lower down. Sustained, steep ascent and (especially) descent.
Wildlife today: Possible eagle sighting, snipe, rabbits, sheep and lambs. Lots of spiders and beetles on the rocky ascent.
Weather today: Blue skies, approaching 20°C. Cool breeze for the ascent, but wind progressively dropped making for an uncomfortable descent.
>> Luskentyre beach ★★★★★
|[Tràigh Rosamol is the reward for a tough descent]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
|[Road section at the start along Luskentyre Bay (at high tide)]|
|[Pathless, heathery slopes to begin the ascent]|
|[The route's target on the horizon]|
|[Exposed rock makes the middle part of the ascent easier]|
|[View east across South Harris]|
|[View east from Beinn Losgaintir]|
|[Looking north from the summit]|
|[Luskentyre and South Harris]|
|[The descent is long, steep and pathless]|
|[Mol an Tighe]|
|[Coastguard helicopter above Tràigh Rosamol]|
|[Coastline east of Tràigh Rosamol]|