Finally made it up Beinn an Lochain after considering it a few times, unfortunately we picked a poor day weatherwise despite a bright start to the morning. Not a bright start for my son Leo though, he forgot his walking pole and sandwiches, fortunately he remembered his new boots which served him well on the day especially with the tricky crossing over fast flowing burn and water covered boggy bit before you reach the start of the climb.
The climb up to the first top at 637m is straight forward on a well worn steep path with a few rocky steps, after this the walk gets more interesting with some steep drop-off to the west. Unfortunately after this the wind picked up as the weather changed to rain and mist so the views of the crags and drop-offs to the west couldn't really be appreciated. The walk along the narrow ridge and zig-zag climb up a couple of small scrambles to the summit was interesting enough, which was just as well as the view from the summit was zero. Time taken to reach the summit was a leisurely 2 hrs. We briefly considered continuing along the ridge beyond the summit cairn and down the south east slopes to make a circuit of the walk, but the thought of fighting against the wind and rain soon ended that idea. So it was quickly off the summit for some shelter, hot tea and a share my two small sandwiches with Leo. Fortunately the rain and wind was behind us on the way down so it was straight back without a break in 1hr 15min. Another one of those hills in Scotland that justifies a return visit in a sunny day.
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