Even the lesser mountains on Skye look huge. Perhaps it’s the fact that they rise from sea level or perhaps it’s that they are craggy or covered in scree that gives them the sense of being high and impenetrable. Beinn na Callich towers above Broadford and is a large stony mass of a mountain that actually only manages to be 732m at its highest point. The climb is, however, hard going across heather slopes turning to boulder fields with small green patches between. Here parsley fern and alpine ladies mantle grow and bilberry produces food for the ptarmigan that was flying low from rock to rock.
The route takes in a horseshoe of three peaks from Beinn na Callich, on to Beinn Dearg Mhor, with a steep descent on scree, and finally to Beinn Dearg Bheag. On the rocky tops club mosses such as the distinctive Alpine clubmoss hint at the harshness of this windswept environment. Down below, and back on the lower more boggy slopes, an occasional Scotch argus butterfly braved the relatively cool and breezy weather of the afternoon.