MARHOFN 133.07 - MAY 2005

Wee gems

Sgurr na Dubh-chreige (10D, LR40)

Phil Dant: This was a rest day in between Beinn Sgulaird and Ben Starav (if you can call carrying a three-year-old a rest). A delightful little hill which enthralled my three children, who saw lizards, toads, frogs and deer en route. The view as you gain the north end of the ridge is just breathtaking.

An Cuaidh (13A, LR19)

Ian Henderson: I think that the view from An Cuaidh (number 794 for me) is the best I've had, and am willing to wager it could be the best of all for landscape, seascape, balance and quality of hills in view. It's a ten-minute stroll from the transmitter station on the peninsula between Gairloch and Loch Ewe, and the view is like a Premiership footballer's wages; out of all proportion to the effort involved: Clisham and other Harris hills, Trotternish, Black and Red Cuillin, Applecross hills, Torridon, Fisherfield, An Teallach, Coigach, Stac Pollaidh, Suilven, Quinag, and a blue hint of the Arkle / Foinaven group. In other words, the best hills in Britain all in one view (although you have to turn around a bit). Add to that the foreground of blue sea, lochs and islands, and it's just about perfect. Has anyone seen better?

Hill of Tillymorgan (21B, LR29)

Audrey Litterick: After a long day's teaching, this was a brilliant wee hill, with amazing old slate workings on top and a cracking view all round. No way I'd have had the energy or time to do a big hill - I'd definitely do it again.