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Beinn a` Choin with a bull filled start

PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:14 pm
by Tinto63
Parked in the the RSPB car park at Garrison about 1km east of Inversnaid and used the route shown in the Cicerone Corbetts guide by Brian Johnson.

The first obstacle was quite a large herd of Highland cattle right by the car park.

This is how they looked:

view over the gate

What I hadn't noticed was that the animal looking at me was quite a large bull, so I was quite close when I noticed the ring through its nose:
luckily very placid!

Some of the rest of the herd were even more attractive:


Moving on from the cattle I soon came across great swathes of my favourite hill flower, bog asphodel with its lovely yellow spikes:

bog asphodel

and a close up;


also some pale orchids:

On the hill itself there was a herd of goats , but these were more wary than the cattle:


Eventually the summit was reached, with a good sized cairn:


And great views in most directions:

Loch Lomond and Loch Long

Loch Katrine

Arrochar Alps

On the way down from the summit a meadow pipit fluttered away from my right boot and I got a very quick look in the nest, 5 seconds and I was on my way:

with 4 eggs

In the afternoon the sky cleared and great views opened up:

Crianlarich Hills

Ben Lomond from Stob an Fhainne

and finally the view down to the car park at Garrison, Loch Lomond and Inversnaid:


By this time the cattle had dispersed!

Re: Beinn a` Choin with a bull filled start

PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:37 pm
by Gordie12
Hi tinto63

I always have mixed feelings with highland cattle............on the one hand they always seem really docile so I go fairly close to them, then when I am close, I think about those impressive horns and the damage they could do.....

Nice to see the wild goats, I saw a few at the north end of Loch Lomond when doing the WHW in May but they seem pretty rare these days.

This looked like a good hill with great views.

Re: Beinn a` Choin with a bull filled start

PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:38 am
by malky_c
Did this last month - now it is one of my favourite hills that far south :)

I've yet to have any bother with highland coos (other than trying to persuade them out of the way). Probably just lucky.