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Ben McTumshie

Ben McTumshie


Postby mrssanta » Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:46 pm

Route description: Ben Lomond

Munros included on this walk: Ben Lomond

Date walked: 29/04/2011

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 990m

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For as long as I can remember I have passed Ben Lomond on the way to Islay and always wanted to go up there. Our daughter also had a similar ambition. the Ben McTumshie came from the Beano I believe, which she had been reading not long after she learned to read. some character had been out with the 'keeper chasing Haggis on Ben McTumshie, and she asked us as we drove up the shores of Loch Lomond "is that Ben McTumshie?" - so it's been a family joke ever since.
anyway we chose the day of the Royal Wedding for the attempt. Many thanks to Wills and Kate for choosing such a suitable date to get married and giving us a long enough weekend to make a munro-bagging trip from Yorkshire. We left Yorkshire at 8pm on Thursday and camped out overnight at the Travelodge in Dunbarton - thought it might be easier than pitching the tent at that time of night.
We managed a good early start as we were aiming for the six o'clock Islay ferry.
We took the usual route up the big path and down by the Tarmachan Ridge. There were many, many men on the mountain and a few dads with sons, but we never met a single female (apart from us) until we reached the Tarmachan Ridge. Wonder why that might have been?
Some of my work friends were horrified that I'd been on a hill instead of watching the wedding.
It was a very windy and slightly hazy day but good enough to get some smashing views and have a great day all round. and we made it to the ferry with time to spare, dropping daughter off to go to Granny's and then we repaired to the Real Food Cafe for tea on the way to Glen Etive with most of the population of Scotland that night!
setting off up ben lomond.JPG

just below summit ben lomond.JPG

wind on ptarmigan ridge (2).JPG

anemomes on ben lomond.JPG
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Re: Ben McTumshie

Postby magicdin » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:16 pm

I was on Beinn Ime that same day - was quite a wind wasn't it
Haggis and Neeps (Tumshie) wi a dod o' butter :D
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Re: Ben McTumshie

Postby mrssanta » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:21 pm

yummy yummy :D
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Re: Ben McTumshie

Postby magicdin » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:27 pm

Oh and a dram - forgot about that - how did I do that
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Re: Ben McTumshie

Postby mrssanta » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:16 pm

not so keen on the dram myself, I'd go for milk with my haggis and tumshie, sorry to disappoint!
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Re: Ben McTumshie

Postby pollyh33 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:24 pm

Another lovely report MrsS.

Fab picture of the wee one flying in the wind :D

PS Shouldn't you be heading north to make a start on all those presents???? My letter went in the post ages ago!! :lol:
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Re: Ben McTumshie

Postby SouthernUplandKing » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:36 pm

Great Report :D !!!!

I was on my final three of the Lawers Range that day with my old dad, one of my favourite days in the hills so far. The best weather I have ever had in the hills !
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Re: Ben McTumshie

Postby mrssanta » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:47 pm

pollyh33 wrote:Another lovely report MrsS.

Fab picture of the wee one flying in the wind :D

PS Shouldn't you be heading north to make a start on all those presents???? My letter went in the post ages ago!! :lol:

Thanks polly.
Didn't you know a lot of it is contracted out to the parents these days?
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Re: Ben McTumshie

Postby Graeme D » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:48 pm

mrssanta wrote:Some of my work friends were horrified that I'd been on a hill instead of watching the wedding.


Strange friends you have! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Ben McTumshie??? Sounds much more appealing than Ben Lomond and a surefire way to encourage youngsters to go up hills rather than watch rubbish on TV. :lol:
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Re: Ben McTumshie

Postby lomondwalkers » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:58 pm

My local Munro is Ben McTumshie :D Glad to hear The Beano is still entertaining the bairns 8) Looks like a great day was had despite the wind, beats watching two strangers getting married for sure :lol:
The Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum is fab, got a smashing fish supper wahed down with a bottle of Schiehallion there on the way home from Glencoe in summer :D
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Re: Ben McTumshie

Postby JamesA1972 » Wed May 16, 2012 3:19 pm

Good photos.

Is it possible to 'do' ben lomond as an alternative to the West Highland Way route? IE - in from south, out to north? Any advice appreciated.
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Re: Ben McTumshie

Postby mrssanta » Wed May 16, 2012 3:26 pm

JamesA1972 wrote:Good photos.

Is it possible to 'do' ben lomond as an alternative to the West Highland Way route? IE - in from south, out to north? Any advice appreciated.

I'm sure it's possible but I've not done it myself. I would suggest posting on general discussion, and I'm sure you will get plenty of advice.
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Re: Ben McTumshie

Postby AlisonFox66 » Wed May 16, 2012 4:46 pm

Other Munros could be renamed
How about Beinn Chocuill becoming Ben Chocolate

ps did anyone watch the wedding ?
I even met other walkers on Bishop Forest Hill near Dumfries
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Re: Ben McTumshie

Postby mrssanta » Wed May 16, 2012 5:19 pm

AlisonFox66 wrote:Other Munros could be renamed
How about Beinn Chocuill becoming Ben Chocolate

ps did anyone watch the wedding ?
I even met other walkers on Bishop Forest Hill near Dumfries

we've called it Ben Chocolate for a while. My mother does Not approve, her being a Gaelic speaker but she laughs at my pronunciation. she learnt as an adult
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