Set off on a misty Sunday morning having arrived at Inverlocharig car park at about 10.30am. Several cars already parked and a few people leaving at same time as us although not all heading up the hill. One of the dogs had been sick in the car likely from the wee windy and hilly road from stratheyre. With sheep on the hill bringing the dogs may not have been the best idea ...
Anyway, off we set and the other reports are right, the first 500m or so of vertical are a good slog. Car park is c120m so the contours are right in saying that the ridge kicks in about 700m up. Very misty up there so carefully wandered along keeping eye on where the path was. The path veers to the right more than I expected based on the map but there wasn't really anywhere else to go so safe enough. All sorts of bugs and midges and so on here, not so pleasant ! The ridge heads along a c1000m or so and was fine although we only got some intermittent views down and around. Hit the top of Stob Binnein in just under 2.5hours and that was without pushing it. Four others there already and weather was improving so everyone very happy. After a quick lunch we headed down the the bealach, path not great, lots of loose stones etc but fine as long as your knees are in good shape.
Mist had cleared when we got to the bealach so fine views everywhere now including up to Ben More. The descent from Stob B is c 300m so pretty much same again back up to Ben More. When we got up there must was back so very short stay and back down. From the bealach we opted to head down into the glen to come out on the land rover track, there is a wee path on the Ben More side which we started on then cut across country to the foot of the glen, thankfully hardly a sheep here so able to untether dogs for most of that. The walk until you hit the track is ok, bit boggy but we have all had worse and it had been dry for a few days up here it seemed. Burn supplied drinking water as it was very hot now with sun having got through and stayed.
The track appears after a mile or so and then that takes you down to the farm, gradual descent all the way. This was a lovely day barring midges and sheep until the owner of a house after the farm appeared with two grumpy large black labs. One of them tried to attack our smaller dog who was on a leash and the elderly house/dog owner wanted to pick an argument over us having dogs on the hill at all. Easy to see why his dogs are grumpy !
Last thing to say, all the walkers we talked to coming from the Ben More side comments about the slog up that side, some were unable to get onto Stob Binnein. Seems that the route from the south is best with only half the slog compared to the north ascent. The other bonus is that you can easily visit rob Roy's grave nr balquidder if you come along the road to inverlocharig.
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