Walking 6:48:00  13.6 mi (30:00 / mi) +711m 25:48 / mi
Jura day 1 - 30th August
Set off with Simon to climb Beinn a’ Chaolis but after leaving the track and heading off into the tussocks and boggy hillside. I soon knew there was no way that my ankle was going to cope with the going. I decided that I needed to leave Simon to do his own thing otherwise I would just become a hinderance and, sadly, that set the scene for most of the hill walking days of the holiday. Feeling pretty upset, I bumbled my way back down from Druim Buidh to the track above Kiels and went to have a look at the ancient burial ground. Headed off down to the road and walked north along the shoreline with a rest on a bench to watch the seals basking on the sandbanks. At least the sun was shining and the views were spectacular. I knew which way Simon would be coming down so decided to head off up the track through Jura Forest and follow it to Cnuic Charraich from where I had a good view of Beinn a’ Chaolis. No signs of a man coming down the mountain and I was worried that he may have chosen to exit on another bearing as the scree on the route he’d chosen looked pretty difficult so I decide to head back. After about 20 mins I turned to look at the mountain again, and I saw this tiny figure at the top. Got the binoculars out and, sure enough, there was someone on the summit. Must be Simon, so I headed back towards the mountain again. Saw him coming down the scree and then lost sight of him for ages. At 4:20 I gave up. The clouds were closing in and there was rain in the air. Headed back down to the road and trudged the 2 miles back to the hotel. Got back about 1 hour before Simon.
Walking time is an estimate.