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Name:Beinn Tart a' Mhill
Hill number:1470
Height:232m / 761ft
RHB Section:20B: Islay
County/UA:Argyll and Bute (UA)
Maritime area:Islay, Jura & surrounding islands
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Yeaman
Grid ref:NR 21066 56979
Summit feature:trig point
Col:5m  NR287651  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 60
(1:25k) 353W
Survey:obvious summit
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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N.B. Some hill summits are on private property or on land where there is no public right of way.  Permission should be sought from the landowner where access to a hill summit is through private land(*).
*For information about access rights in Scotland see the ScotWays website.
Please report via the contact page any logs you see below which describe or encourage acts of trespass, and mention the hill number and hill name.

Logged Descriptions  (logged by 106 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
A number of walkers have noted that they were discouraged from accessing this hill by a land manager in the area. Land managers may ask the public to avoid an area of land or take a different route to allow them to manage the land or to protect their safety i.e. when felling trees or gathering livestock, however the request must be reasonable. Members of the public have a duty to act responsibly when exercising their access rights, you can find more information about your rights and responsibilities at the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website.

If you encounter anyone who tries to stop you from exercising your rights of access, and you believe that their request is unreasonable you should report the incident to the relevant Access Authority. In Argyll & Bute call Jolyon Gritten the Access Manager on 01546 604 314 or email If you feel that the incident was threatening or you were intimidated you should contact Police Scotland on 101 and make a formal report, requesting an Incident No.. Always avoid confrontation even if you feel that the land manager is in the wrong, after all you can always enjoy a walk elsewhere.

For information on reporting incidents elsewhere in Scotland the Mountaineering Council of Scotland has a useful webpage.
Jolyon Gritten
Access Manager
Argyll & Bute Council
From Kelsey. Sheep and some black cattle with calves but no problems and did not encounter the farmer.NormanW28/08/2018
From Kelsay. Parked just south on the minor road, gravel strip to the left, waited 90 minutes for an unusually lengthy shower to clear. Went to the right of the farm, came across someone who politely asked me to go left round Kelsay, no problem. Very pleasant and easy walk with good views in late afternoon sunshine.Owen B24/08/2018
Parked just south of Kelsay farm entrance in first passing place. Very long, bit of grass at the end, so almost off the road. No traffic anyway. Gate into farm drive, but gates round the back of the farm were open. No farmer although they were home. Perhaps the last confrontation with a fell runner which involved the police (it is alledged) has calmed down the situation. Ok track, mast gone, sunny and windy. Great views.iangalbraith23/08/2018
Decided to avoid Kelsay and Cultoon. Parked at Gearach and followed track south to Olistadh. Followed edge of forest and then attacked hill from the steep side! This certainly made for a more challenging walk than the Kelsay track (farmer aside). There was some dense foliage and swamp-like ground to negotiate. I can't really recommend this route but an enjoyable walk nonetheless.wozzat09/05/2018
Past Kelsay. Aged farmer asked me where I was going, and told me I couldn't because of cows & calves, sheep & lambs. I said I was from a farming background and that I couldn't see that one person would cause any disturbance. He said (at least twice) that he wasn't giving permission and if I went it would be at my own risk. After that, I had a lovely time!PGCE24/04/2018
Solo trip. Parking very difficult. We did park in the farmyard, no reply when I tried to ask permission. Bleak weather.Invicta1422/04/2018
Up the mast track from Kelsay, no problems.Chris Peart02/03/2018
Walked up track from Kelsay, keeping left of farmhouse. Very ltd parking on road, used an extended passing place. In fact, despite previous logs the track to the mast is eminently driveable to near the top and there are no signs restricting access or locked gates. Enjoyed a pleasant evening stroll and no disgruntled farmers!AndrewFinnimore07/08/2017
evening strool with renee from kelsay after run in with the farmer.robertphillips20/08/2015
Straight of the boat up the hill. Not a lot of passing places on road to end on the oa. With Alistair, Anne, gill, jennifertallblond17/07/2015
Parked at Kilchiaran by the ruined church. Threatening grey skies - choppy seas - have brought the eider ducks close to shore. Via fields near Culton we ascend past the old hommstead of Glac Na Mabhach to the summit visited the Giants Grave (chambered cairn) then retraced our steps. Just got back to the car as a squall of hail and snow clattered down.briandavies27/04/2015
Took a bike up the easy gradient vehicle track from Kelsay. A bit rough for a road bike but no problems. When ascending I took the track around the left side of Kelsay Farm.Bobf20/08/2014
Approached from NW after viisting Cnoc Mor. Took comms site access vehicle track down to Kelsay farm then off to Beinn Seasaimh trig for circular walk.jonglew06/06/2014
With: hb; Walked in along access track from Kelsay in the rain to radio station and summit. Returned via same route. It dried up on the return. No access problems.Ian Baines19/05/2014
With Mora, from track starting at nr198578 on minor road to WestBLACKHILL02/04/2014
from Cultoon. Very angry farmer. Probably try Kelsay insteadThearlaichdubh22/06/2013
W Jenx, don't use service road to mast, better park off road at GR198572 by Coulton farm. Avoid farm (dogs) to north by tracking around on moorland. Cross sth flank Cnic Mor and drop into cleft beforemain hill. Use rakes to easily ascend in <60 mins. Good viewpoint of Rhinns of Islaynordicstar09/06/2012
Marhof meet. Solo. From start of track to Cultoon. Followed track towards farmhouse before leaving it to cross a field, then climbing over a fence before crossing a burn. Another member of the Marhof party caught me up and we continued together to the mast and on to the summit. Descended more directly avoiding the mast.pwbellarby09/06/2012
MC JCMartin6610/09/2010
With Cliff. Started slightly north of MoD road.Skerryvore06/05/2007
Revisit. Fine view. Caught by a shower on top. Cross country beeline from road.RHW22/04/2007
Parked at Kelsay Farm. On easy angled access road to top at 16.25. Saw no-one.arranc29/04/2005
Date is first visit. Notes from later...'NO ACCESS MoD' on track but no probs on late pm visit, fine hill & view, SW summit slightly lower. easy tk from SW; tougher from W, with v steep woodrush slope RHW25/03/2002
Up and down from SYHA hostel.Eddie03/06/1999
Up from the west whilst touring Islay and Jura on a new Galaxy. Nothing more unpleasant than thick clag.fasgadh03/04/1999
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