tweedledog wrote:Last Wednesday there were no less than 11 cars parked nose to tail along the narrow B8077 at the normal starting point for Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich. Several were poorly parked including one directly opposite the estate access gate making it all but impossible to get a large vehicle or a trailer in and out. I was on my way to Oban and reached this mess just as a big lorry arrived from the other direction inching its way past the cars with literally only inches to spare. It took me some fiddly reversing to clear a way for it. Maybe I should have just raked along that car opposite the entrance that I backed into. Parking all together like that wasn't even necessary. There are various points along the road where there's a little more room. My guess is that this was a walking group - they seem to often come on Wednesdays - who were unable to do their usual car sharing because of distancing precautions. On Saturday, however, things were largely back to normal when I went that way for a walk. A few cars, sensibly parked. Hopefully this normality will be restored next Wednesday.
I must admit that I drove to Oban in full Victor Meldrew mode over the poor parking. It only requires a little thought, especially opposite a gate....
I was one of the walkers on these hills on Wednesday. When I arrived at 07.00 I managed to park in the small lay by just next to the river bridge. There was only one other car parked there at that time, a fellow W.H. called John. I arrived back at the car at 13.45 and there were cars parked everywhere. I did think at the time that if a tractor or large vehicle came along there would be a few scratched vehicles. I met or passed 22 people on the hills, no large groups just single walkers or couples.
I met one young chap on the summit of Beinn a'Chochuill who had just ran around the Cruachan horseshoe and was doing these two to finish his day. God did I feel old.