Ben Geary.

A walk up Ben Geary

This walk up Ben Geary is a lovely local walk giving extensive views to the East and the West of Waternish.

Location: Head to Geary – What Three Words ( scarecrow.little.student)

PARKING: To access the walk go to the gate just above Knockbreck Primary School.  It is possible for a car to park here, but if the school is closed then the school carpark is the better option. This car park is also one of Waternish’s  three Dark Skies Discovery Sites

Looking to Loch SnizortSTART POINT: Once through the gate you follow the track uphill to the mobile phone mast, where you will also find a trig point. On the way here the views of  Loch Snizort and Sgùrr Bay are lovely. At the top there are views of Lochbay, Ardmore, Dunvegan Head and over the Minch to the Western Isles.

EXTEND YOUR WALK: In the distance you will see a cairn on the horizon.  From here you can walk down the fence line  to the commemorative cairn in memory of the fallen blacksmith to the Clan MacLeod at the 2nd Battle of Waternish in 1530. From here the views up into Lochbay are wonderful.

There is no path back to the road below, but it’s possible to go across the land to join the road and thus make it a circular walk back to the start. We just retreated in our footsteps across the moor.

This isn’t a particularly long walk, but it’s uphill and between 1 and 2 hours, so a good way to stretch your legs. There are a couple of really boggy bits at the beginning. When we did this walk there were no sheep grazing, but this changes depending on the time of year. So please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

(Check out this walk report on Walk Highlands)