Name:Beinn Tart a' Mhill
Hill number:1470
Height:232m / 761ft
SMC/RHB Section:20B: Islay
County/UA:Argyll and Bute
Topographical area:IJ02 Islay
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
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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
2nd of 4 tumps on a circuit from near Kelsay. Continuing from Cnoc Garbh a' Mhill out to forest edge then following it N then NE before dropping onto track to mast. I vidited Sw top first then over rougher ground to the true top with Trig pillar. Descent trickier as Great wood-rush do.inated and concesled many fissures do i slid down carefully but one of my water bottles must have fallen out here! Water to go-let me know! Thereafter an easy climb to Cnoc Mor...Dazingdale15/05/2024
May 2013 was told we couldn't do the hill because it's private land by young man driving a heap with a knackered water pump. September 2023:- posh caravan route up track from near Coulton plenty of bracken & tussock grass. In clag & rain can’t think of anything nice to write about the hill.rogreeves17/09/2023
From the shooting range. Track is non-existent. Over the top and down to Port CharlottePeteN19/05/2022
Here for the trigpoint. TP:UK log: With Clochandighter. Visited without incident. Approached from southwest. Parked in extended passing place, east side of road at NR189560. Entered mapped farm track via Kelsay, passing to the south of the main farm house, to the north of the smaller dwelling to the east, then rejoining the track which climbs all the way to the comms mast. A walk of 250m to the ENE leads to the summitthejackrustles13/05/2022
From Kelsay. Unfriendly signs and a padlocked gate, but no angry farmer, so ascent straightforward. Was somewhat surprised to find a golden eagle sitting by the trig point; even more than it was to see me. It flapped off but not until I’d got to within 5 yards, because of the mistRockdoctor04/05/2022
Up track from Kelsay past the farm, with a bit of a detour kept through a gate and across a field to avoid the cows and cakes, and the no public access sign (even though ut goes onto the open moorland). Regain the track up to the mast, across to the trig, then steeply down to the corner of the fence with a gate. Followed various bits of path until met main track. Followed this out by caravan and shooting box to road, back along road. 5.5 mile circuit 2hrs walking time.JulieB23/04/2022
Early morning from pull in area/access to the shooting range west of hill, marked 81 on 1:25k maps. Along tack cutting over short rise , single bwf to cross then grassy rake steeply to trig. Note caravan at range has loose noisy dogs.N.Morters03/04/2022
A very pleasant walk taking the route described by bolton. I would suggest this route to all that follow! With Jill, Steve, David and Tony.Dangerous Dave03/04/2022
With Dave Roeder. Parked (16:30) by cattle grid 500m N of Kelsay, crossed the stream and walked across the field to the gate E of the farm. Up the track to near the mast then direct traverse to the summit. On return to the gate we were accosted by an irate woman (Angry Angus's sister we understand) who said the road was private and that we were not to climb any of her fences to get back to the car. We walked along the fence till we found a place we could step over it and continued; finish 17:55. Weather was good.dbb02/04/2022
With Chris B. Approached from Cnoc Garth a Mhill.Adrian202/04/2022
With Adrian. P just N of pt 69. Track to SE end of trees. Among fence to top end of field. A bit mazey to large cairn on clear ground. NW to stream then up W side of forest to join the track to mast and across to summit of BTaM. Back down through Kelsay.chrisbien02/04/2022
A nice easy walk. Parked S of Kelsay in an extra long passing place, then to the farm, fork right around the house, then left across grass before the gate to the second house, to regain the main track. This route avoids all the bits with no access and is unlikely to result in Angry Farmers. Up the track, hop the crash barrier to get an easy dry route to the summit. Views of all of Islay and most of Jura.Gill01/04/2022
RH Soc meet.thekirkie pirate01/04/2022
Bit of a dull day (rain had stopped). With Bolton & CJM.ger01/04/2022
From 199578 where there is good parking. The track goes east past a posh caravan to a fence which is easy to get over before a steep climb directly to the summit. With CM and Ger and well away from any angry farmers.bolton01/04/2022
Good parking near Cultoon near a statue called Dougal. Up the road from the entrance to Cultoon then into field to head SE to gain the ridge of Beinn Tart a' Mhill about 500 metres from the trig. Back down the same way to the burn then up to Cnoc Mor then down to. the road & back to the car.Dugswell201/04/2022
Similar line to Bolton. With Colin Watson. 3 Dogs were guarding the route past the “posh” caravan on our return so skirted around caravan area.assynt_bob01/04/2022
Was previously discouraged from climbing this hill on my first visit back in Oct'2011 but no problems at all today from the red van lay-by to the West with Douglas.Alex C01/04/2022
Parked a couple of hundred yards N of Kelsay farm, and crossed the stream at NR 193 565, a few yards downstream from the end of the stone wall that slopes down from the road. Then made my way across to the main track.paulhilder16/08/2021
Solo walk, albeit I met Jim and Mark P near the summit. The keep out signs near the start of the walk were discouraging, but a route around the farm and house was easy enough. The mast marked on the map was gone.langskill21/06/2021
The forecast suggested a couple of hours without horizontal rain so we gambled on a quickie. Up the track from Kelsay. Just a few bullocks to impede our march like progress. Started raining on our return to the camper. You've got to love the BBC weather bods for their accuracy.summitter09/05/2021
As we bypassed farm on left hand side the farm dog barked but no activity from the house. Lovely easy climb on the track.Crumblie230/04/2021
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
Solo HFB20/07/2016
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: ib; Helen 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
ELMA SUILVENdonmeister25/09/2012
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