Picnic on Dun Caan

15th September, 2014 | Article By Philip Soper

Between Skye and the mainland lies the Island of Raasay, just a short ferry ride from Sconser.  The weather had calmed down from gale force wind and horizontal rain, so we decided to take a picnic up to the top of the only real hill on the island and take in the, hopefully, wonderful views.

From the single road which runs up the island it is a pleasant walk of two or three miles, and around 1000 ft in height.  There are some steepish bits on the path, but by and large an easy walk.  Dun Caan sits like a castle rising from the open moorland with rocky cliffs on three sides but with a gentle path up the western slope, leading on to a large grassy plateau.

This is what we had come for.  We opened a flask of tea and ate our sandwiches, surrounded by a beautiful, awe inspiring panorama of mountains and sea.  The land falls away steeply to the Inner Sound with the mainland beyond, to the south west towers the Cuillin Hills.  Massively impressive.

A large black rain shower was heading our way across the landscape in such a way that it couldn’t possibly miss and it didn’t!  Good job we packed our waterproofs.  Once it had passed the sunshine returned and we had a lovely walk down.  Then back on the ferry, followed by fish and chips for tea in Portree.

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