The Corbetts of the Islands - #ClaimYourCorbett
With the #ClaimYourCorbett campaign now in full swing we have some Corbett suggestions for the more adventurous Corbett baggers out there – The Corbetts of the Scottish Islands. From the Isle of Harris to the Isle of Mull, Corbetts are dotted over the inner and outer Hebrides. Many are accessible over a long weekend, so why not jump on a Calmac ferry and head off to the islands to #ClaimYourCorbett. Here are our top five!
Isle of Mull – Dun da Ghaoithe – 766m
Dun da Ghaoithe is the only Corbett on the Isle of Mull. Rising steeply up behind Craignure, Dan da Ghaoithe offers superb views of the Island as well as the Sound of Mull.
Starting at Scallastle the route joins the east ridge of Maol nan Damh which is followed to the summit at 766m. For a quick descent, retrace your steps back to Scallastle.
However a more interesting descent is to follow the ridge SE to Mainnir nan Fiadh (754m) and then east along the ridge above Creag Dubh. From here a good track leads down to the road.
Isle of Harris – Clisham – 799m
The highest peak in the Outer Isles, Clisham, 799m (Am Cliseam in Gaelic) is located on the north of Harris.
To climb Clisham directly is a steep but rewarding hike that can be completed in about 3-4 hours. The beginning of the route can be particularly boggy with no distinct path, but stick with it, soon a path becomes clear and the views spectacular out over both mountain and sea.
For a full day out, consider the Clisham horseshoe. This route can take between 7-9 hours and takes in the rugged ridgelines of Mulla-Fo-Thuath and Mulla-Fo-Dheas as well as Clisham.
Isle of Skye – Garbh-Bheinn- 808m
Garbh-Bheinn rises to 808m on the Isle of Skye. This superb Corbett would attract a lot more attention if it weren’t overshadowed by its most famous neighbours, the Cuillins.
An exciting horseshoe route will also take in the Graham, Belig, this can be completed in 5-7 hours. Starting just south of the waterfall at the head of Loch Ainort the route continues up the Druim Eadar Da Choire ridge. From a shoulder, the ridge narrows and involves some interesting scrambling up to the summit of Garbh-Bheinn.
The descent is down the north-east ridge and involves some scrambling at first. The summit of Graham summit of Belig is taken in at 702m. Then the route continues down the north ridge until the open moor and eventually the road is reached.
Isle of Jura – Beinn an Oir – 785m
The Paps of Jura are made up of three hills in the south of Jura, characterised by large domed summits. The highest of these, Beinn an Oir, 785m is Jura’s only Corbett. A classic Scottish day out involves taking in all three but be warned, it is a long and unrelenting day on steep, rugged terrain.
A singular ascent of Beinn an Oir starts from the A846 near a bridge over the Corran river. The route has a very boggy start along the river, followed by a long grassy rise, which avoids the worst of the boulders and scree. The final ascent gains the NE ridge and passes past two dry-stone enclosures and a stone pathway.
A traverse of the three Paps of Jura starts at the same point but climbs the east shoulder of Beinn Shiantaidh to take in its summit. The route then descends to a col and up the NE ridge to the summit of Beinn an Oir. The route then descends again, by the south ridge and is followed by the final climb to the summit of Beinn a’ Chaolais. The Paps of Jura may be small, but a traverse of all three can take up to 10 hours and involves 1401m of ascent!
Isle of Arran – Beinn Tarsuinn – 826m
Beinn Tarsuinn is one of four Corbetts on the Isle of Arran. Rising to 826m, Beinn Tarsuinns most celebrated feature is the A’chir ridge, a challenging scramble even for experienced hill walkers.
Beinn Tarsuinn, alongside Cir Mhor (799m) and Caisteal Abhail (859m) form part of a huge granite ridgeline to the west of Glen Rosa and Glen Sannox. These hills can be ascended individually with Beinn Tarsuinn taking about 3 hours including 790m of ascent.
However, combined, these three peaks offer a challenging but magnificent Scottish hill day. The day involves 16km of hard walking and technical scrambling at two key points, the A’Chir ridge and the Witches step! For the less experienced, these can easily be avoided.