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Beinn Luibhean from Glen Croe

Beinn Luibhean from Glen Croe


Postby Gavin99 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:23 pm

Route description: Beinn Luibhean

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Luibhean

Date walked: 02/10/2011

Time taken: 2.5 hours

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Just a quick trip report for this route starting 2km south of the Rest and be Thankful . I had seen beautiful panoramas of the Arrochar Alps taken from the summit of this hill but as I drove up the side of Loch Lomond in the mirk I knew all I would be seeing was a couple of damp sheep . I parked in the lay-by just south of the Croe Water bridge at NN243060 and set off across the oddly sloping footbridge .
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lay-by on A83
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Footbridge across Croe.....slippy

Once across there is a clear path running up the side of a pine plantation , through a gap in a fence and out onto the open hill ,following the northern bank of the wooded gorge holding Croe Water .
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Path leading onto open hillside
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Heading NW beside burn

This path heads NE towards Beinn Ime so after maybe 300m I cut off north up the long ridge leading to Beinn Luibhean.As height is gained the going underfoot improves , wet bracken giving way to grass and crags. There is no path but navigation is straightforward ,following the ridge due north .
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Heading north
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Interesting ground to explore

The rain by now was fairly heavy so I was delighted to find a cave ,maybe 15ft long , beneath a crag . After reassuring myself that nothing dangerous was resident I squeezed in ,sat down and had a wee rest .
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Home from home


After 10 minutes of contemplation and chocolate I headed out into the rain and on towards the summit. The ridge climbs steadily then levels off near the top before the micro- cairn is reached .
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cairn

Aware of the total lack of anything resembling a view , I didn't hang around and scampered off south along the ridge . On the way down I retraced my steps , picking a way between crags and down grassy slopes,losing height quickly and before long I was looking down on the Croe bridge and the road .
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Back down to A83

This hill is definitely one I'll revisit on a fine day,at two and a half hours start to finish (including cave break) ,it makes a great short but steep walk, well away from the crowds and erosion of its taller neighbours . :)
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Re: Beinn Luibhean from Glen Croe

Postby ChrisW » Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:33 pm

Good effort on a grotty day Gavin, but having enhanced the image to ensure there are no monsters in the cave I reckon you may have got away lucky :shock:
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Re: Beinn Luibhean from Glen Croe

Postby pollyh33 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:39 pm

Great report for such a miserable day :D

Hope the chocolate was good. It always amazes me that people can put half a bar back in their pocket :lol:

Loved YOUR cave pic :D

Did not love ChrisW's pic.....that is too too scary :shock:
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Re: Beinn Luibhean from Glen Croe

Postby Gavin99 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:33 pm

I can sense a 'Haunted Highland Cave' tourism opportunity here . All we need is a projector and a wee shed to sell tickets . :shifty:
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Re: Beinn Luibhean from Glen Croe

Postby Del246 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:52 pm

Good stuff. I done Beinn Ime on Friday and had planned to do this Corbett at the same time but never. I will be returning to do this. Is the layby easy to find.
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Re: Beinn Luibhean from Glen Croe

Postby Gavin99 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:11 pm

Del, just as you come up out of the mature forestry there is a bridge with thick stone walls either side of the road. The parking spot is just before this on the right , you can't miss it . Enjoy.
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Re: Beinn Luibhean from Glen Croe

Postby skidmerc » Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:29 pm

I'll take note and remember this hill for the next sunny day we get.
By my reckoning, I'll have about 6 months to prepare.
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Re: Beinn Luibhean from Glen Croe

Postby Bod » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:21 pm

Well done Gavin, great to get out there! I have been at home all weekend. Glad you found the wee cave to shelter yourself, cheers the noo....
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