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Making a Meal of it on Beinn an Lochain!

Making a Meal of it on Beinn an Lochain!


Postby Craiging619 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:06 pm

Route description: Beinn an Lochain

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn an Lochain

Date walked: 22/06/2013

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 5.5 km

Ascent: 720m

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A few weeks ago I went back up to Arrochar with a couple of mates to climb Beinn an Lochain, taking advantage of my friend's new car (dubbed the 'Ratmobile' due to its diminutive size) by driving to the layby just beyond Loch Restil. We climbed Ben Donich a couple of years earlier but got shouted at by a bus driver for standing on the correct side of the road at Rest and be Thankful :shock: so rather than face the hassle of getting on/off buses at a remote location like this, it was a relief to be able to leave a car at the bottom. Well I say bottom: the Rest and be Thankful is 250m up, and given the swirling cloud and rain that defined the climb, it was something of a godsend to get the head start on this occasion!

The climb itself was straightforward enough, after a very awkward fording of the river at the car park and a boggy first 10 minutes. The path climbs up onto the ridge and is very clear from then on: some scrambling is needed, but we found that this livened up the climb, which was a plus point after we had faced similarly dreary conditions on The Merrick and Cairnsmore of Fleet. The cloud never truly lifted and we were denied the summit view by the clag, but we got some fine views on the way up over Glen Kinglas and Loch Fyne.

The trickiest point of the day, if anything, was probably obtaining dinner back in Arrochar. I remember having a great meal at The Bothy post-Cobbler, and others on here have praised the place as well. But when we arrived at 6pm, we were treated to the slowest service any of us can remember. Maybe we caught it at a bad time, but our starters (relatively simple affairs) took 3/4 of an hour to get served and the main courses were a good 1/2 hour later: if we'd been going for the 8pm bus again it would have been tight for time in the end. I hate moaning about meals, especially in local independent places with good prices such as The Bothy. It was just a little odd when they were serving up the type of fayre associated with Wetherspoons, but giving us the sort of epic prolonged build-up and anticipation you'd expect at The Ritz. But like I say, cheap and cheerful, and another one bagged in less than perfect conditions!

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A raincloud sweeps in over The Cobbler.

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Blimey.

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A Citylink coach passes the Ratmobile.

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A rainbow underneath us! Why no full circle, pot of gold or leprichauns?

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A good Lion King moment could be had here.

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Looked a LOT worse than it was.

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The path was clear throughout, and while quite steep was always enjoyable.

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The Ratmobile awaits after fording the river again.
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