We come off Corra Beinn’s southern flank, looking toward those formidable screes of Beinn Shaintaidh – his ascent route.
The summit of Corra Beinn is shattered quartzite, mountain flora appears in the rocky zone of the descent route on the flank; fir club moss at a certain altitude, with magenta bell heather, crowberry and lichens.
Off the quartite, there’s a long boggy stretch of sedges and tussocks to meet up with the Evans Track, where it is perceptible. I hear the cry of a kestrel and look up to see it hovering low, in a tussle with a number of choughs.
On the drive back toward Craighouse we slow to a halt to watch a red deer grazing by the roadside. Jura is the island of deer, that’s the origin on the name- we had scanned the wilderness about Corra Beinn but had seen none. The late afternoon light is beautiful on the velvet of its antlers and its ears are almost translucent.
Down at sea-level the day was calm and still. Not on the summit of Corra Beiin.