The web site, Caledonia Hilltreks details my ascents of the Munros, Corbetts, Grahams and New Donalds all of which are above 2000 feet. This blog will contain an account of my ascents of the hills below this height as and when they are climbed.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Ben Tangaval, Island of Barra.

Ben Tangaval

Ben Tangaval, Island of Barra. Section 24D.
Height – 332 metres. Map – OS Landranger 31.
Climbed - 6 June 2011. Time taken – 1.5 hours.
Distance – 4 kilometres, Ascent – 325 metres.
Trip Report Details:

On returning from the Island of Vatersay we left the car in the parking area beside the war memorial located on the high point between Castlebay and the Causeway to Vatersay, south of Nasg.

We crossed the road, a ditch and then a fence topped with barbed wire, which I never find easy. Thereafter some wet rough ground was crossed before we came to another fence with barbed wire. Once across it we were on the open hillside with views back to Castlebay and the surrounding sea, Bagh a’Chaisteill, the same name as the village in Gaelic.

The ground was a bit drier as height was gained and we reached the 244 knoll before a slight descent to the Bealach a’Mhaim. Climbing slightly to the east of the summit of Ben Tangaval gave us good views of the beach beside Tangasdal on the west coast of Barra. After a few photographs we climbed to the summit trig point where there were more great views of Barra, the islands to the south and to the Uists in the north.

The return was by the upward route.

Ben Tangaval is shown on several maps as Beinn Tangabhal, its Gaelic name.

Photos taken on walk.