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Name:Heabhal [Sheabhal] [Heaval]
Hill number:1627
Height:384m / 1260ft
RHB Section:24D: Barra to Barra Head
County/UA:Na h-Eileanan Siar [Western Isles] (UA)
Maritime area:Barra & Sound of Barra (South)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (300-399m), SIB, Yeaman
Grid ref:NL 67814 99405
Summit feature:rock 3m NW of trig point
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 31
(1:25k) 452N
Observations:higher than trig point (70cm above fb) 3m SE and rock 7m S
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 197 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
In afternoon after morning on Vatersay. Followed faint paths from col on main road. Stunning views. Visited Madonna on way down.Thearlaichdubh04/06/2019
Debs and Tali. Circuit of the central Barra Hills from the parking at the top of the pass.Mountain Goat22/09/2018
I walked all of the way up here in the sunshine via the statue with mummy and daddy. I found smarties at the statue and at the summit trig. Wonderful walking and nice views of Castlebay :-)Seumas Kerr10/08/2018
Repeat ascentassynt_bob10/08/2018
A fine walk using the bus, from Cleit road end, to the high point of the road, and a gully to the summit of Beinn Chliad. SW to the road W of the quarry, then manky soft vegetables to Beinn Bhirisig and Corra-Bheinn. The next bit is superb, down to the bealach, and an easy rake below the crest of the N ridge of Grianan, then on to Hartabhal, Sheabhal N top and Heabhal, from where a very easy path leads past the statue to the road back to Castlebay. A very fine walk, superb views all the way and highly recommended.Gill08/08/2018
Superb 7 Tump circuit up from Borve of all the islands high tops. With Adrian and also met Chalky on the summit, as well as a Glaswegian gypsy Julia Bradbury lookalike asking for champagne off us.Twice Shy08/08/2018
Round of Mhartainn, Grianan, Ghunnaraidh, Hartabhal, Sheabhal N, Sheabhal, Cadha Mor, B na Moine, B Leribreck starting from Dunard Hostel and walking up the road to Borgh - tops mainly in mist, but occasional views. Fine hillThearlaichdubh05/08/2018
Barra 1000ft round from Castlebayquadbarrel01/08/2018
Did all four mainland Barra hills today and it was ridiculously hot! Felt a bit wafty on this hill but a tea cake and some bea back in Castlebay sorted me out.nickywood107/06/2018
Approach from CP to S. Super hill - looks really high & inviting from Oban/Castlebay ferry.ger22/05/2018
From car park just East of Castlebay. Also North Top and Hartabhal.NormanW22/05/2018
From ‘th car park. Straight up and down. Near gale on top. Rain all way. 20yd vis. On me own.CJM20/05/2018
Worthy second ascent of this island HP with Trig on outcropping rock and superb island views in cool sun.Denise 29/04/2018
4th ascent, collecting surrounding Tumps. Large party on top. Very lucky to view an eagle at close quarters on descentColin Crawford29/04/2018
From Gleann a path takes off at a gate a little way past the bend in the rapidly deteriorating track and winds its way (with many branches) past the statue to the summit. We descended a largely different set of little paths but on the same general line.m0jla26/04/2018
From top of hill on main road to southtrimarc211/10/2017
Loch an Duin -> Beinn Bhirisig -> Grianan -> Hartabhal -> Sheabhal N Top -> Heabhal -> Kisimul Cafebriandiggle04/08/2016
With G. From Borgh campsite > Borgh village > Beinn na Moine via track to sheepfold then straight up to summit > Cadha Mor > Sheabhal > North Top > Hartabhal > track (NF 675 014) into Craigston via Beul a' Bhealaich, Chambered Cairn (no path) > campsiteRT197024/05/2016
From car park/ picnic site beside quarry. Faint grassy path to top via the statue of the madonna. Fantastic views from top.Crib Goch18/05/2016
With: hb; Our first hill on Barra climbed straight up the south ridge via the statue. Stunning panorama views from summit in very warm sun and no wind! Could see all the way down to lighthouse on Berneray and far up South Uist.Ian Baines09/05/2016
With: ib; Helen Baines09/05/2016
From the car park near pt 102 on the A888 up to the statue and then on to the top. Lots of faint tracks. Superb views on a gloriously sunny day.martin_hall17/10/2015
Me and sueTonyandsue12/08/2015
With Mora, from parking area at nl679987BLACKHILL14/05/2015
W Jenx and Bob K. Walking horsehoe from Tangasdal - over Beinn na Moine, Cadha Mor, Heaval, Heaval Nrth top, Hartaval, then steeply onto Grinnan and then Mhartainn. Walk back up road to start. Great views from main summit, aerial view of the madonna interesting.nordicstar08/07/2014
Walked up from Castlebay to parking area then directly up hill. Faint path led to summit. Returned via the statue which I missed on way up.Buteobuteo07/07/2014
From Castlebay on road to parking area then N to summit via statue; with Buteobuteo for part of the way.jonglew07/07/2014
Craigstone to Castlebay. 2nd visit.Smudge08/05/2014
Straight up and down from the road. Not sure how I missed the statue on the way up. Trig cunningly hidden behind a rock.tim74707/05/2014
A super walk on a late sunny afternoon while Iain Brown and Martin Richardson walked back to the hostel.Dugswell206/05/2014
Castlebay walk up a road to the pass, over a stile, and up a vague track. One of the best viewpoints I have seen! Of the southern Outer HebridesChinnockC05/08/2013
JEB, RIB Uisdean2509/07/2012
Evening walk from Dunard hostel. A really great hill.Alex C05/06/2012
Parked near highest pt on road (17:00) and walked up steep path which went W of ridge then up to summit. Excellent views. Descended via statue which I thought well executed.dbb21/06/2011
short out and back from road above castlebay. look out for the beautiful statue.stig_nest20/05/2011
From NL 679 987 on a traverse of Heabhal, Hartabhal, Grianan and Beinn Mhartainn.summitsup01/06/2009
A steep but short and easy enough walk up from 102m col on the A888.Topographer5726/05/2009
High point on Barrarambler_gary23/02/2009
Start in Baile na Creige. Excellent weather all day - fine views north. Many interesting and rocky features over Hartabhal. Return W via Borgh.Messiaen15/08/2008
Trig revisit. Short narrow rock & grass ridge, rain squall so quickly retreated to the sheltered S side for descent. Decent path, boggy in places, from car park & stile to S.RHW31/08/2007
With Cliff. Glorious views from summit. Started from road and back to same place.Skerryvore14/07/2007
With Jackie. Wonderful walk up from Kisimuil Castle.mikejacobs06/08/2003
Parked by the old quarry on the A888. Made a steep ascent via the Madonna with Child. The top was extremely windy but had good views of the islands to the south.garyhoney29/07/2001