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Glen Fruin Grahams

Glen Fruin Grahams


Postby Gavin99 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:37 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn Chaorach, Cruach an t-Sidhein

Date walked: 01/01/2012

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 14.2 km

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I decided to give the usual carry on a miss this New Year and get an early start to make the most of what looked like a very short spell of decent weather . I left the house just after half-seven for the short drive to Glen Fruin , passing a couple of folk trying their hardest to walk home from what must have been a very good party . Parked up at NS 276905 , 20m up the access road to Auchengaich reservoir ,with room for 4 or 5 cars here . From there the surfaced road continues to the dam , where I kept to the east side and passed through the small larch plantation before heading NE up the long but easy slopes of Beinn Chaorach. I reached the summit just over 1 hour after parking up , this hill on it's own would make a nice short outing.
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View back to reservoir from ascent
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Beinn Chaorach cairn and trig.

From the summit a long and easy ridge descends first NW then N to the head of Luss Water in Gleann na Caorainn , a beautiful and deserted glen , with a long abandoned farm hidden in its upper reaches . From the lower part of the ridge a stream crossing leads onto the shoulder of Beinn a'Mhanaich and I skirted around its slopes to reach the foot of the steep sided Cruach an t-Sidhean.
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Ridge leading N
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L-R , Beinn a'Mhanaich,Cruach an t-Sidhein , Beinn Lochain .
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Gleann na Caorainn
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Deserted farm
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Route to Cruach an t-Sidhein
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Stream crossing
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I picked my way up below the rocky face of Creag Tharsuin to reach a point between the summit and the 515m bealach which leads east to Beinn Lochain . This bealach would be the obvious way to reach this hill , I have no idea why I didn't tackle it on a recent trip to Doune Hill , guess I just forgot , it would have saved me a lot of bog trotting in from the south!
The summit is a short pull from here , I had planned to have lunch there but the weather had other ideas and wind and sleet made me hurry south for shelter.
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Ascent of Cruach
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Route below crags
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View SE down the glen
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Beinn Eich(l) , Beinn Chaorach(r) . Ascent route centre
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Summit of Cruach an t- Sidhein
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Looking S , Loch Long behind Beinn a'Mhanaich
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Bealach at 332m

From the 332m bealach with Beinn a'Mhanaich I contoured around towards the high pass which leads southwards to Glen Fruin , the going underfoot not pleasant ,tussocks and bog making for slow progress. This was a long slog down the valley , I even considered cutting up onto the grassy ridge of The Strone but eventually I reached the reservoir ,crossed the dam and rejoined the outwards route .
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Looking down Auchengaich Burn
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On the dam
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Looking back up valley from reservoir

This route is probably not the most sensible way to tackle these two hills , if weather and time permit much better options exist staying on the ridges and out of the bogs , still , a nice wee walk to start the year :D
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Last edited by Gavin99 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:09 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby Lastofthesummerwine » Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:05 pm

nice to have these hills so close to Glasgow, like you we went to bed early as well.
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby Gavin99 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:37 am

Lastofthesummerwine wrote: like you we went to bed early as well.

I hope it's not an outbreak of common sense !
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:03 am

Good to see another report on the Graham in this area. I've been plotting a route to do all 6 in this group from Luss, seen a route but not sure how long it would take. Do you think they're all possible in one outing?
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby Gavin99 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:29 am

Hi Johnny, I think the northern four are quite a popular route from Glen Luss ; Beinn Eich,Cruach an t-Sidhein ,Doune Hill and Beinn Dubh make a natural circuit . The southern two , Mhanaich and Chaorach ,stand on their own so a good deal of descent and ascent would be involved to link them in , it would be a long day but would be a cracker of a walk , might need a bit more daylight than we have now . I found the valley floors very hard going with tussocky wet ground so the less time spent there the better . It's a lovely, secluded little area , looking forward to your TR , :)
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:12 pm

Thanks Gavin, i will leave it till the summer and one day that i'm feeling up for it. I have planned escape routes if i find it hard going :D
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby lomondwalkers » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:25 pm

Nice report Gavin, the Luss Hills are my locals, so up that way quite often, good wee winter hills 8)

JC - Cicerone Guide book says the eight are possible in a day :shock: so the six should be doable :thumbup: Three is as many as my lack of fitness has allowed :lol:
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby pollyh33 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:29 pm

What a fabulous walk :thumbup:

Definitely worth thinking about when the weather is so changeable....mince to really mince :( :(


Great stuff Gavin :D
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:45 pm

lomondwalkers wrote:Nice report Gavin, the Luss Hills are my locals, so up that way quite often, good wee winter hills 8)

JC - Cicerone Guide book says the eight are possible in a day :shock: so the six should be doable :thumbup: Three is as many as my lack of fitness has allowed :lol:


Thanks LW i hadn't even thought of the eight, the six might even be too much for me but hopefully give it a go later this year.
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby Gavin99 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:48 pm

lomondwalkers wrote:
JC - Cicerone Guide book says the eight are possible in a day :shock:

Jings , I had enough after the two ! :D
pollyh33 wrote:....mince to really mince :( :(



.....and more on the way :( :lol: :crazy:
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby daveh » Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:43 pm

Good report Gavin and still a bog fest up there? Hopefully be out again soon and i was in the not sensible club although the dram was medicinal :)
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby Gavin99 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:48 pm

Hi Dave , I was going to give you a shout but thought you deserved that ' medicine ' . Bog fest for sure !
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby mountain thyme » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:32 pm

thanks for posting. ive cycled through glen fruin a few times and didnt realise about these
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby Gavin99 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:59 pm

Hi MT, they are well hidden away , a nice wee corner to get away from the crowds , you could cycle right up to the reservoir , if it ever stops raining !
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Re: Glen Fruin Grahams

Postby mountain thyme » Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:09 pm

Gavin99 wrote:Hi MT, they are well hidden away , a nice wee corner to get away from the crowds , you could cycle right up to the reservoir , if it ever stops raining !


its good to know.. im from dumbarton originally and down there a lot.. so will keep these in mind :)
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