Belig and Garbh-Bheinn

The Isle of Skye has other superb peaks away from the Black Cuillin and these two hills are wonderful examples of this. The pair rise above the ground between the inlets of Loch Slapin to the south and Loch Ainort to the north.


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In true Skye style, heather and grass lower down give way to a rocky ridge higher up on Garbh-bheinn. Belig contrasts this with a grass covered summit, along which a wall runs.

Although the hills are linked to nearby Marso and Blaven via connecting ridges, it is more practicable to do them just as a pair in a fine circuit from the head of Loch Ainort.

Both summits give superb views of the surrounding area and peaks and the route described requires little effort and only occasional scrambling higher on Garbh-bheinn.


Corbetts Garbh-bheinn (806m)
 
Grahams Belig (702m)
 
Ascent 1125m (3,690ft)
Distance       9km (5.5m)
Time walk : 4:10hr*, running : 2hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Head of Loch Ainort
(grid ref : NG534268)

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Meanings 
Garbh-bheinn : 'rough hill'
Belig : 'Birch bark or thick-lipped'




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