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Fassfern Grahams

Our first problem arose when the van was too high for the lovely empty car park at Fassfern. Luckily there was a suitable empty space by the wall. The first section of the route towards Meall Onfhaidh was pleasantly deciduous, then came a bit of plantation then open hillside. We followed the track u...
by TheTortoise
Thu Sep 02, 2021 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Fassfern Grahams
Replies: 0
Views: 313

Re: Sgurr Dearg (Mull) horseshoe

I see you're chewing your way through the remaining Grahams nicely! Well, we were delighted to finish earlier this year the most remote remaining mainland ones. Then I failed totally to climb a Jura Pap on the hottest day of the year, partly through underestimating it and the heat and not allowing ...
by TheTortoise
Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:05 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Sgurr Dearg (Mull) horseshoe
Replies: 2
Views: 475

Sgurr Dearg (Mull) horseshoe

Another morning with early clouds, this time clearing off the hills fairly quickly but leaving a rather grey morning. We parked at the end of the old road, and set off uphill. The SMC guide disappointingly doesn't mention the possibility of doing this hill by itself, just describes a mega 2-Graham-d...
by TheTortoise
Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:22 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Sgurr Dearg (Mull) horseshoe
Replies: 2
Views: 475

The hill with multiple cairns

We thought it would be nice to approach Ben Buie along its fairly northern ridge rather than the more intimidating ascent from Loch Buie. Also you start a bit higher so hopefully less tussocky grass. I had fantasies of a great view out to sea suddenly being revealed. We managed to find a parking spo...
by TheTortoise
Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:19 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The hill with multiple cairns
Replies: 0
Views: 354

Creach Beinn from Loch Buie

The hills were in cloud. We parked by stone circle before Loch Buie, and started along the path along the glen. Very soon we headed up the ridge over 125, and then over to Creach Beinn Beag. The clouds were lifting as we went up, and it turned sunny. The route was mostly grassy walking with a rock b...
by TheTortoise
Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:18 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Creach Beinn from Loch Buie
Replies: 0
Views: 281

Re: The ridge of multiple knolls

bigkeith wrote:Beautiful pics. What a place! This is an option for me this summer and your report is very helpful for planning - thanks.

Wishing you sunshine and a good breeze to keep the midgies away! .
by TheTortoise
Sun Jul 11, 2021 5:37 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The ridge of multiple knolls
Replies: 8
Views: 1411

Re: To An Stac up lonely Glen Pean

I've been looking at this approach to An Stac for a while, your report will be very useful! Glad to hear there is some kind of path along the loch - always makes things easier. These remote Grahams can be a real pain in the backside :lol: We have recently bagged Creag Ghuanach. Not only was it a lo...
by TheTortoise
Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:35 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: To An Stac up lonely Glen Pean
Replies: 2
Views: 555

Meith Bheinn from Arienskill

I was a bit worried about this hill, partly because the amount of descent involved from and back to Arienskill added to the hill itself might make it painful for my arthritic knee, and partly because other people's blogs and the SMC guide didn't inspire too much confidence about the river crossing i...
by TheTortoise
Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:24 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Meith Bheinn from Arienskill
Replies: 0
Views: 343

An easy day on Meall Blair

A very late start after a long day out the day before. We started from the Hydro Hut at Arcabhi, and followed the steep hydro track northwards - fine for an ascent but too many loose stones for an easy descent. Splendid views opened up westwards along Loch Arkaig. $matches[2] We found the track junc...
by TheTortoise
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: An easy day on Meall Blair
Replies: 0
Views: 235

To An Stac up lonely Glen Pean

Everyone seems to spend a long time debating the best way to bag this hill, and we were no exception. I'd have loved to have bagged this hill while we could still carry camping kit, or if it was still possible to hire a boat ride to Oban. In the end we decided that the best route for us was along Gl...
by TheTortoise
Thu Jun 03, 2021 4:28 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: To An Stac up lonely Glen Pean
Replies: 2
Views: 555

Stob an Eas, dodging logging and road closures

We'd tried to do this hill a short while ago, only to find that the road (and the forest track too it turned out) was closed for logging during the week. So we were very pleased that we managed to be in the area on a Saturday. We drove up the road and parked at the end of the track. We had to dodge ...
by TheTortoise
Sat May 01, 2021 10:26 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Stob an Eas, dodging logging and road closures
Replies: 0
Views: 371

Beinn Mhor from Benmore Gardens

It was cold and sunny in the morning, with clouds and possibly hail due in the afternoon. Our lighter gear worn a week earlier was replaced by lots of warm clothes. However Cowal was supposed to have the best of the weather, and it was not too far for the two days that we had free. We chose the long...
by TheTortoise
Sat May 01, 2021 9:38 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Beinn Mhor from Benmore Gardens
Replies: 0
Views: 324

Plan B invented in 2 minutes.

It seems rather strange writing a trip report again here, after a lockdown interval. Having tried out our hillwalking legs on Ben Venue, a hill with a path, we ventured into Argyll for the day to actually get our first tick (I hope only the Graham type) since October. We planned to go up Stob an Eas...
by TheTortoise
Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:08 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Plan B invented in 2 minutes.
Replies: 0
Views: 414

Re: The Alladale Trigpoint

m3doc wrote:Hi!
How did you get your bikes past the locked Alladale estate gate? Would I be able to get my e-bike through?
Malcolm

We didn't meet any locked gates on the cycle section, just one on the hill. An ebike would be great for the ride in and out. Enjoy your day!
by TheTortoise
Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:41 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Alladale Trigpoint
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Oh I do like to be beside the sealside

Breaking my 'post Grahams only' rule to add a recent report of the superb Brora to Golspie walk. I see an earlier report mentions landslides and awkward rocks (not sure where), but we had no problems in 2020. I recommend walking, as we did, when the tide has been falling for a while, and then the fi...
by TheTortoise
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:24 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Oh I do like to be beside the sealside
Replies: 0
Views: 370
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