Beinn Edra summit

The walk to the summit of Beinn Edra from Glen Uig is the easiest way to experience some of the glory of the Trotternish Ridge. Navigation is mostly very easy and the ascent to the 611m summit is a gradual one. On a fine day, the views from the top - of the rest of the ridge, and of the Scottish mainland mountains - are exceptional.

 

Track above Balnaknock

The starting point is Balnaknock, just past the Fairy Glen at NG420627. If arriving here by car the best, though limited, parking is in the glen itself, a bit before the end of the road. From the road end take the vehicle track that heads up the glen on the right of the big cattle sheds. Soon this track fords the Lon an t-Stratha and follows an easy route beside the meandering burn. Then comes the key bit of route-finding. The path marked on the OS Map does not exist, so you should leave the vehicle track at NG429618 to follow the line of an old turf wall northwards across the moor to the Abhainn Dhubh, which is easily crossed on a good wooden bridge just a bit to the west of where the wall meets the burn. Once across, follow good sheep tracks up the side of the burn until the foot of another turf wall is reached at NG435619. This wall runs dead straight all the way to the ridge, giving a simple route up to the first of the amazing views. Turn north from the col and a short, steep pull up the edge of the escarpment takes you to the top.

South from Beinn Edra

It is, of course, possible to extend this walk in either direction along the ridge, and even to make a circuit back via the Bealach Uige, but a simple return by the same route has a lot to recommend it.