Yes we did, especially as this was my first 'hill day' for 3 weeks after a trial lay off.
The original plan was to head west and pick off a couple of Marilyns near Ben Lomond but after reading reports the thought of heather and boggy ground was not very appealing. So plan B it was, George was unavailable so it was just me & Parminder. I suggested we tackle Turin first as it was a tiny hill in the grand scheme of things.
Parking from the north is a major problem, I managed to squeeze the car in at the junction, neither road is busy so it wasn't a problem
The way ahead, good track to start
More good track ahead
The end of the track, we now have 5 different gates to negotiate - making sure we left them exactly as we found them
We would be turning left and heading uphill soon
Off piste now, we headed for another gate, the double barbed wire fence was not appealing
Looking back, we kept as close to the fence as we could, trying not to scare the nearby sheep
Interesting double locking gate, there were 2 of them
The way ahead uphill, not far now
Looking east from just below the summit
The large cairn on the summit of Turin Hill
Parminder posing as usual
Parminder in his element, 2 trigs in one day
Rescobie Loch south of the summit
After a short drive (about 15 miles) through Forfar (first visit) and we headed off to the car park for Craigowl Hill. I won't do a route as we followed the WH
Large car park mainly for the dog walking brigade for Craigowl Hill
The way ahead
The blurb at the car park
The green way ahead
Path ascending now
Single file now unless you want to mingle with the gorse
Looking south towards the Tay
Quite a few folk dotted about
We had a brief chat whilst ascending as to whether we should tackle Auchterhouse Hill first as a wee bonus and we agreed we would. We definitely made the correct decision as that was the best hill of the day, smallish summit with superb views.
A bit higher now, Tay very evident
Looking east to what would be our way to Craigowl
Looking across to Craigowl Hill, a few undulations on the cards
Auchterhouse Hill surrounded by some lovely trees
Plenty of heather around
Great path all the way up - this was one of the few days we didn't have our gaiters on
Kirkton of Auchterhouse - some rather nice houses
Camera photo of the houses - zoomed
Another zoomed shot
Craigowl Hill, not that far
We are heading down to the wee wooden gate then uphill again
Looking SE towards Tentsmuir Forest and onto St Andrews
Another descent before the final ascent
A very lonely tree
Auchterhouse Hill and it protective trees
Masts and all the technical paraphernalia
Got to have a few turbines in a photo
For anyone who is a lover of technology and masts
SE again and the wide Tay Estuary
Parminder preparing the trig for his obligatory photo
Some major huts surrounded by a large fence
Rather than head back along the path we opted to go off piste and cut the corner, heading for the forest
Just when we were thinking we had made a bit of a fopar, a path appeared
And then a gate that would take us onto the main path back to the car park
Freshly mown path
I really enjoyed both hills, Turin I was a bit apprehensive as I am always uncomfortable about walking across farmers land. Having said that when you look at other possible approaches to the summit, it is impossible to avoid crossing farming land.
Craigowl Hill as I said earlier is mainly used by dog walkers and has plenty of paths in the forest going in all different directions.
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