Bob Law’s Blog: Glamaig, Isle of Skye

Glamaig on Skye

A Day on Glamaig

It’s been at least ten years since we had a hill-walking trip to the Scottish Island of Skye. Previous trips, over many decades of walking and rock climbing, had concentrated on the more jagged and knife edged Black Cuillin ridge line but given Skye’s notoriously fickle weather we still had several of the Red Cuillin to do. Glamaig was one of them.

Helicopter Skye Ridge

Helicopter – Skye Ridge Panorama


My friend and I motored up, camped on the island, and did Glamaig the next day. Height is a relative concept. Although under Scottish Munro height at 775 metres Glamaig proved to be a big beast of a hill.


Half way up Glamaig

Halfway up Glamaig

We tackled it from the A850 heading directly up its eastern flank. It was unrelentingly steep and rocky with several small cliffs encountered on the way up and no sign of a track.

Glamaig not an easy acsent

Not an easy ascent.

After scrambling up scree, hundreds of jumbled boulders and near vertical ledges we reached the ridge… knackered, sweating, and thinking we were too old for this sort of nonsense.


Beinn Dearg, Marsco and Bla Bheinn from Glamaig

Beinn Dearg, Marsco and Bla Bheinn from Glamaig

The view from the ridge however eased our pain as it was wonderful looking over the Black Cuillin and the surrounding peaks of the Red Cuillin.


Ben Tianavaig and the Storr from Glamaig

Ben Tianavaig and the Storr from Glamaig

The descent was every bit as tough as the way up had been but at least we had bagged a classic mountain.

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