Location hunting in the Cuillin Hills

Climbing Coire Lagan in the Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye

As a photographer, you always have to check out locations. I had attempted to climb Coire Lagan a couple of years ago, but then the snow and ice thwarted my efforts. This time, in good conditions the climb was on. Above 300mtres, the path became very fragmented with recent rock falls and scree. Just before the corrie, some scrambling was necessary and as ever, climbing down was worse than climbing up. Now, Julia climbed with me. She really didn’t want to go, preferring firm foundations under her foot with no drops. In the past we have had to abandon hikes along coastal cliffs where the drops are shear and the path slippery. Luckily we didn’t have any ice on the climb up and I think it was her inherent stubborn, dogged determination that got her through the mental bit. The corrie itself was thickly frozen in ice so no reflections or the towering peaks surround us. For those thinking of visiting the corrie, surrounded as it is by Sgurr Alasdair and its compatriot Cuillin Hills, take a wide angle lens with you!