Name:Hecla [Thacla]
Hill number:1609
Height:606.6m / 1990ft
SMC/RHB Section:24C: North Uist, South Uist and Nearby Islands
County/UA:Na h-Eileanan Siar [Western Isles]
Island:South Uist
Topographical area:IU01 Southuist-eriskay
Watershed:Long Island
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Yeaman
Grid ref:NF 82560 34483
Summit feature:cairn
Col:297.6m  NF 8154 3233  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 22
(1:25k) 453S
Observations:no evidence of trig point
Survey:obvious summit/Leica RX1250
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From Snishival, up Beinn Mor, Beinn Choradail, Hecla, dog-leg to Beinn na Laire. Round to NW ridge of Hecla and descend, returning straight to startphil7029/08/2023
Beinn Choradail and Hecla circuit. Parked in small off road area by bridge just S of memorial. Started on track at N end of Loch Dobhrain and continued up Gleann Dorchaidh to reach Bealach Sheiliosdail. From here climbed to summit of Beinn Choradail, descended under impressive cliffes and climbed to Hecla. Continued to Beinn na Laire and contoured to W ridge of Hecla. Descent to Tobha Mor via Na Creagan and Thatharsal and some road walking back to car. Hot and sunny, great views.RobertP12/06/2023
from Ben Chorodail. Descent via W ridge and over minor hills.IanHHill31/05/2023
Dropped off at the end of the 768347 peat road which we followed for a bit then cut over the wet moor to Maoladh Creag nam Fitheach and up Choradail. Down and up Hecla though the mist just failed to clear (it had been clear on Choradail). Down via Laire, Beinn Sgalabhat and Beinn na h-Aire. Onto an ATV track at the col below Maol Martaig which was useful in terms of navigation but very wet. We were glad to get to the proper old track by the old sheilings at 833381 and this led nicely back to our car at the Sgioport road end. Hecla was my final Scottish Simm so a shame not to get a view from it.StueyB11/05/2023
From 820388 via the HF. With CM. Ken Naismith was on the summit having come over from the west. Onwards to Beinn Choradail.bolton06/09/2022
From undulating bealach with BC, easy route choice on this clear day to summit. Heard voices and saw two walkers approaching. Waited and met Bolton and Chris Meadows. Tiring walk out with 2 tricky burn crossings. 6 hours 40 minutes for the 2 hillsCoinneach06/09/2022
From Beinn Choradail. Went out and back to bag Beinn na Laire then a very long pathless walk back to the A865. Solo.Dangerous Dave03/06/2022
In cloud, rough hikeAdventurers505/09/2021
From Beinn Choradail, fine views occasional snow squallN.Morters06/05/2021
Beinn Mhor must be one of the UK's best hills; just superb. Easy going on a decent path after the bogs, a narrow summit ridge and jaw-dropping views. What more could you want? On to Beinn Choradail, dodging many small crags on the way down, then an easy climb up a steep grassy rake to Feith Bealach and steep up to the top. Back S a short way, then the easy descent NW on steep, dry grass. The bealach with Thacla is a pain in the bum, many outcrops to weave around. Easy climb up Thacla, steep, obvious route in clear weather. The walk out was a bit of a character forming route march to beat sunset and failed. Correct route to the larger lochan but missed the track to Mill Croft in the dark. B*gger...Gill14/10/2020
Superb traverse of S Uist's Big Three. Excellent weather. Started from Water Works. Beinn Mhor, Beinn Choradail & Thacla.ger04/10/2019
From Beinn Choradail, trig bolt found beneath cairn. On to Beinn na Laire.jonglew10/08/2018
Lost Samsung smart phone, CR card, DB card and £150 English notes cash in dusky pink drawstring bag on route over Beinn Mhor, Ben Corodale and Hecla. Would love to be reunited!carole engel05/08/2018
With Ben Corodale andBeinn Mhornickywood110/06/2018
From loch Skipport road through track to shoulder.dandaran27/05/2018
From Peat Road up Maola Breach, Beinn Mhor North top, Bealach Halleasdail, Beinn Choradale, down to col and strenuous ascent to Hecla into a fierce wind.Difficuly standing at summitNormanW25/05/2018
From Loch Sgioport with Graham and Gregortrimarc207/10/2017
With: hb; Early morning ascent from overnight camp below Bealach Uisinis. Stunning views back south to beyond Barra over Beinn Choradail and Beinn Mhor.Ian Baines14/05/2016
With: ib; Helen Baines14/05/2016
Hecla from north, back via coastal tumpsRHW01/05/2016
Dropped off at Loch Sgioport. Accessed ridge via Coire na h -Heitich, Benn Sgalabhat and Beinn na Laire and straightforward summit. Stupendous views as far as Jura, Islay, Tiree, Coll and Colonsay. Minch looked like the Med in August. Amazing day. On to Ben Corrodale.Campbell Singer10/04/2016
With Mora, from Loch SgioportBLACKHILL25/05/2015
Dropped off at Lasgair, Lochboisdale. Ascended Beinn Ruigh Choinnich, Triuirebheinn, Stulabhal, Airneabhal, crossed east flank of Trinneabhal and descended to be picked up at road end. Dropped off at road end on north side of Loch Aineort. Ascended Beinn Mhor, Beinn Choradail, Hecla and descended to Loch Sgioport. Amazing travesrse - thanks for the lift across Loch Aineort btw. Would be good to use a bike or kayak for this also.raffemeister15/04/2015
Completed alongwith Beinn Mhor and Beinn Choradail. Unable to stand up on summit due to strength of wind. Good views all round, din't stay long.quadbarrel10/04/2015
after bc and bmrobertphillips12/09/2014
with Jontallblond19/07/2012
778th = past half wayThearlaichdubh16/06/2012
Took in this summit as a brief diversion whilst walking from Usinish bothy to Howmore hostel. Islands of the St Kilda group were clearly visible sixty miles or more away out to the northwest.Alex C01/06/2012
W Jenx, on from Bheinn Choradail, via complex Bealach in snow showers to east ascent slopes, grand views back to Beinn Mhor. Odd geocache on top, near to fine cairn. Back down NW ridge to 400m and easily across moor back to A865 and loch Dobhrain. 6hr cirnordicstar14/04/2012
Up from Howmore hostel, not too bad along the ridge from Hatharsal but hellish in the glen to the south. Clear day with big views. Register at summit.fasgadh11/04/2012
a fair old trudge from the road end at loch skipport, the stalkers path goes a fair way...but then its up to you!! we found what we assume to be an army track on the east side of the hill on the wayy back which made life a hell of a lot easier.stig_nest23/05/2010
Solo HFB09/08/2007
CK SheilaS27/05/2007
Taking the back route off Ben Corodale as we didn't feel like a rock climb we circled back under the rock outcrop before heading down to the next col. Top again a very airy point with good views albeit hazy of the string vest appearance to the north.garyhoney08/08/2004
One of the first walks with soon to be husband. Windy !!!VerySlowPlodder21/05/2003
from Corodale. Down on grass runs to confusing bealach and onto slopes of RP and to top at 14.25. 2 others already there. At car 9 1/4m - 6 1/4hrs.arranc03/08/2001
superb hill, great setting & (doubtless) views. Loch Ollay 7631 to Howmore YH 7536 RHW31/07/2001
Solo run on Western Isles Challenge after Beinn Mhor and Ben Corodale, then down NW ridge before dropping down to cross moor to Loch Skiport to hand over the harris tweed 'baton' to set Pete Lamont off on his kyack legChris Pearson09/05/2000
Round of Hecla, Corodale and Beinn Mhor from Howemore hostel.Eddie07/10/1997
Left road at NF767346 headed E up Gleann Dorchaidh then on to Maoladh Creag nam Fitheach and col SW of Hecla, continuing to the summit, returning via NW ridge and Maoil Daimh. With JAF and HFL.kdbennett19/07/1987
rapier practice camp navexbeorwulf01/10/1986
Second ascent.thenomad26/05/1983
With school friend who stayed behind to fish Loch Spotal. Exact date unknown. Rain and cloud above 400 metres. Several repeats.Topographer5715/08/1975
A good walk with an overnight bivi on Thacla. On peat track from GR768346m, south of l0chans to Beinn Mhor, back over Beinn Choradail and on to Thacla. Somewhat delayed by sole of right boot almost fully detaching itself. Return route less satisfactory as quite wet and boggy, there must have been a better line.dickscroopblank
June 2006(?). From NF787282 - linear trip also taking in Beinn Mhor and Beinn Choradail finishing at NF827385.summitsupblank