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Beinn an Lochain - a wee cracker

Beinn an Lochain - a wee cracker


Postby maryhillmoose » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:33 pm

Route description: Beinn an Lochain

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn an Lochain

Date walked: 24/07/2011

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 5.5 km

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After sitting around for a week reminiscing about our great trip to the Swiss Alps we agreed we needed to snap out of it...if you cant have this...
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then the next best thing is this...
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We didnt want to drive for hours so opted for Beinn and Lochan, setting off at 8.30am it was easy to find the correct lay-by just a few mins beyond the Rest and Be Thankful car park, and we were on the hill at 9.45am. Slightly boggy ground initially but soon this gave way to a well defined, steep and sometimes scrambly path edging upwards towards the first of several rocky outcrops that are reached along the ridge ascent...
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As you gain height and scramble up each steep little hump in the ridge wonderful views open out back towards the Rest and Be Thankful and over to Loch Fyne...
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The path is steep but has lots of character, little scrambly sections and great views of the ridge ahead which at times looked pretty seriously steep...
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spot the moon just above the ridge?

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Eventually a little dip in the ridge is reached to give a few mins relief then its onwards and upwards again for the final section to the summit...
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A few mins later the summit is reached, a large cairn marks the end of this wee smasher...
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and views, views, views...
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A nice sheltered spot just below the cairn to the left was perfect for an early lunch, it was only 11.30 but we had earned it!
For a slight variation on the descent we carried on along the ridge and dropped down over another rocky outcrop...
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Just below this a very faint path doubles back across the slopes below the ridge, meanders around the hillside and rejoins the ridge at a little lochan, its only a 15 min detour but cuts out a little of the descent back down from the cairn. The descent was bit tough on the knees and I was glad I had my poles for once! less than an hour later and we were back at the stream next to the lay-by, not before I had squelched up to my ankles in a sneakily hidden bog pool... in conclusion Swiss was Bliss but you cant argue with them there hills right on your doorstep...if only it was sunny every weekend 8)
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - a wee cracker

Postby Del246 » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:46 pm

Great timing, im going to do this hill during the week. Great pics to. Well done.
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - a wee cracker

Postby maryhillmoose » Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:45 am

Del246 wrote:Great timing, im going to do this hill during the week. Great pics to. Well done.


Hope you get as nice a day as we did!
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - a wee cracker

Postby kinley » Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:15 pm

Certainly better views than we got 2 weeks ago :lol:

We were just a few km south of you - certainly was a cracking day. 8)

Cheers - now I know what I missed :)
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - a wee cracker

Postby JTweedie » Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:17 pm

I love this hill, and found a couple of sections to be a bit airy when the wind was blowing. Feels a lot higher than it is too.
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - a wee cracker

Postby Del246 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:14 pm

Did this hill today, in a heat wave !! A superb hill !!
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - a wee cracker

Postby maryhillmoose » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:22 pm

Del246 wrote:Did this hill today, in a heat wave !! A superb hill !!


bet you had excellent views!
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - a wee cracker

Postby Del246 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:27 pm

I did, stunning views. I put them on Facebook but didn't do a report as it would be the same as yours !!
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Re: Beinn an Lochain - a wee cracker

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:57 pm

The last few days have certainly been the days to be out, lovely pictures in the clear blue sky.
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