From across Loch Slapin, Blaven looks like a fragment of the High Dolomites dropped onto Skye, and is regarded by many as the island’s finest mountain – high praise indeed, given the island. A sprawling, isolated mass of rock, Blaven rockets straight from sea-level, raked at a chilling angle above its surroundings. There is an easy way up to just tick the top, but a full traverse including the mini-Matterhorn
of Clach Glas is one of Britain’s greatest mountaineering challenges.
Best route: for the summit alone, take the path from Loch Slapin. A full traverse is a serious benchmark in anyone’s eyes, and requires considerable experience.