With the success of yesterdays paddling so early on in our trip and with the prospect of improving conditions throughout the week, I was happy to take a day off from the boat and join my dad in the hills. We woke to a bit of light drizzle and cloud and the forecast for the day wasn't perfect so we settled on one of the easier peaks in the Red Cullin Hills, Marsco.
A gravel path leads from the car park up through Glen Sligachan alongside the River Sligachan, which eventually leads out near Loch Coruisk, where we so often visit by boat.
The first stream tumbles down a vertical craggy crevice, we don't want to come down that way later. It's not obvious but along the stream we have been looking for is a faint path that follows a line of iron posts to the top. The views so far are are pretty good and would be even better on a clearer day.
The posts lead out on to a flat ridge with the main summit a short climb on the right. It is worth going off to the left where a plateau provides great views of the black culling ridge.
The views behind me here looking toward Loch Corisk with Elgol and the islands of Rum, Canna and Eigg in the far haze.
We head up the line of the ridge to the main summit of Marsco where the wind picks up and the temperature drops.
Back onto the grassy slopes we are rewarded with a sighting of a heard of Red Deer. They quickly pick up our scent and are on their way up the glen.
The decent delays us by about two hours. The sun goes down behind the hills as we approach the car park and it is soon getting dark when we get back to camp. A really enjoyable day and a nice change to give the arms a rest and exercise the legs for a bit.