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Scotland's Watershed Part 6 Parlan Hill to Crianlarich

Scotland's Watershed Part 6 Parlan Hill to Crianlarich


Postby rohan » Thu May 24, 2018 1:27 pm

Route description:

Date walked: 26/10/2017

Time taken: 48 days

Distance: 14.4 km

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See also my reports on Scotland's Watershed Parts 1-5 (In Long Distance Routes Forum)


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The Watershed Route


Coming to write my next report on my Watershed journey I discovered that I had totally missed writing up the section from Parlan Hill to Crianlarich. Whoops. So here it is in summary

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My route to, on and from The Watershed

25/10/2017 I grabbed the opportunity of window of good weather , due to arrive on 26/10 and zoomed back to Benglas. I camped below the bealach the first night then in poor weather the next day stopped and camped at about 700m on the slopes of An Caisteal after poor views on Beinn Chabhair.
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View over the Watershed towards the North Sea between Parlan Hill and Beinn Chabhair


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View over the Watershed towards the Atlantic between Parlan Hill and Beinn Chabhair


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Ben Lomond


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Summit cairn Beinn Chabhair


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An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chroin


The skies cleared overnight and the morning was clear and sunny but with wisps of clouds threading through the summits. Unfortunately, the weather window was more of a letterbox flap and after a brief period of sunshine, it shut with a blast of wind and rain. However, I did have an amazing early morning on the top of An Casteil.

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Early morning promise


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Beinn Chabhair


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Clouds clearing the ridge on An Caisteal


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Summit An Caisteal


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Summit An Caisteal


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Bheinn Chabhair


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Summit Beinn a'Chroin




On Beinn A Chroin I started being severly buffeted and a fellow walker advised that the forecast was for it to worsen. I knew that I would struggle to get over Cruach Ardrain so I walked down by the River Falloch. I was fortunate to get a lift from a couple of fellow walkers, down to The Drovers where I could catch the bus back to Glasgow.
27/12/2017 in absolutely stunning, winter conditions I returned to do the final section from Beinn a' Chroin over Cruach Ardrain to Crianlarich. Cruach Ardrain has 3 major rivers rising on it, The Forth (which I also bid good bye to here, it having been my campanion since Craigengar back in the Pentlands,) whilst I say hello to the River Tay. The Clyde is still with me until Ben Lui.

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My route to, on and from The Watershed


I was able to take my DSLR on the day trip to Cruach Ardrain but in the low temperatures, I failed to notice that my lens fogged up each time I took my camera out and I have very few non-blurry photos from that beautiful day. The snow was deep in places which made for fairly slow progress but it was a clear. crisp winter's day. There were spectacular icicles on Stob Glas, occasionally crashing down as the sun melted their attachement. Rather than walk down the road back to my van in fading light, I left the final short forest section til the morning , walking in and out from Crianlarich.

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My route to ,on and from The Watershed


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Dubhcraig and Oss.


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Srob Glas Bheag and Stob Glas


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Stob Glas Beag


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Sunmit ridge


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Moon over An Caisteal


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An Caisteal and Beinn a' Chroin


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Looking towards Dubhcraig, Oss and Lui


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An Caisteal (R) and Beinn a Chroin (L)

I love a good winter with lots of snow but being fickle, not when I am trying to walk the Watershed and the sheer amount of snow and frequent high risks of avalanches neant I was unable to do the walk from Crianlarich over Dubhcraig, Oss and Lui to Tyndrum until April
Days on Watershed - 2.5
Distance on Watershed 14.4km (9 miles)
Total Watershed distance from Peel Fell 391km (254m) which represents 1/3rd of the route
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Re: Scotland's Watershed Part 6 Parlan Hill to Crianlarich

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:53 pm

Now we're into the hills!

Real pity about the condensation on your lens, for it looks like the weather for the 2nd part was just superb.

I love these rough and gruff hills - walked them in August 2014. I recall that there were some pretty steep and rocky ascents and descents though, which I imagine could be quite challenging in winter conditions.
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