"MacPhie Bagging"


A "MacPhie" is defined as an eminence in excess of 300ft in height, and is Colonsay's equivalent to a Munro, only smaller. The aim is to climb all the peaks on Colonsay and Oransay that exceed 300ft (91.46m), in the course of one connected walk. The journey has to start and finish with any point below High Water mark, and the "MacPhies" can be tackled in any order. There are 22 peaks in the Official List, and the distance is about 20 miles.


Although there is no competitive element in terms of speed, details of your favoured route and time may be of interest to other people. For example, Eric Brown took 6hrs 44mins on 11 July 1996 (Route:4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,3,2,1).

More recently, on May 2 2002, Jethro Lennox managed the remarkable time of 3 hours 56 minutes and 44 seconds, having started at the Strand and finishing at Kiloran Bay.


Each MacPhie is listed below but a handy pdf with a map of each one is available for download.


(Location, Height and O.S. Reference)


Beinn Orasa 93m 351893


Beinn Eibhne 98m 378904


Cnoc an t-Samhlaidh 93m 383926


Cnoc a' Raon a'Bhuilg 120m 372942


Beinn nan Caorach 126m 366941


Carn Mor 134m 373947


Binnean Riabhach 117m 364964


Cnoc Mull-araich 100m 370965


A' Bheinn Bhreach 139m 375972


A' Bheinn a Tuath 120m 381971


Beinn Uragaig 120m 385976


Beinn a' Sgoltaire 125m 392975


A' Bheinn Bheag 109m 406986


Carn an Eoin 143m 409985


A' Bheinn Bhreac 122m 414287


A' Mhaol Bhuidhe 100m 417983


Cnoc Mor Charraig nan Darach 92m 413973


Dun Dubh, a' Phairc Gharbh 104m 407972


Beinn nam Fitheach 105m 407967


Carn nan Caorach 110m 392948


Beinn nan Gudairean 136m 388950


Carn na Cainnle 116m 381945