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Lettermay trio

Lettermay trio


Postby rockhopper » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:56 pm

Route description: Beinn Bheula, near Lochgoilhead

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Bheula

Grahams included on this walk: Beinn Lochain

Date walked: 29/06/2014

Time taken: 7.3 hours

Distance: 18 km

Ascent: 1500m

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Date: Sunday 29 June 2014
Time taken: 7hrs 20mins (incl stops 1hr 35mins) approx
Distance: 18km approx
Ascent: 1,500m approx
Attendees: me

Hills closer to home meant not having to get up too early. Uneventful drive to Lochgoilhead and parked in a wee lay-by just north of Lettermay. Was aware of possible problems due to windblown trees but was hoping for the best – didn’t quite work out that way.

Set off up the track past some houses winding round before going into the trees.

Views of the hills for the walk ahead and a waterfall (zoomed) below Casteal Dubh.

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Got to the point where the track splits – could have taken a more direct route west then SW to Beinn Bheula but preferred a circular route so kept going SW. Initially there were two trees which had partially blown over but not causing any problems. Further on the track degenerated a bit into parallel furrows but still walkable.

At around NS168985 the track seemed to disappear just at the end of where the tees had been cleared. Wandered up and down a bit before crossing a small burn and funding a partial track running just below the forest.

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Apart from going through mostly long wet grass it was OK until reaching another burn/waterfall which was the outlet from Lochan nan Cnaimh at around NS166980.

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The track disappeared and again spent some time trying to find it on the other side of the water. It seemed to follow upwards at the side of the burn before disappearing into the forest. A little tricky at first due to boggy conditions and going under branches which then got worse as I headed into the forest. Tried various different ways through fallen trees and branches before eventually getting out on to the open hillside. Later on when looking over to this hillside it looked as though it may have been better to have headed up and round the forest when first arriving at NS168985.

Now on open hillside, skirted to the NW of Lochan nan Cnaimh.

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Then up to a small bealach before the ascent to Creag Sgoilte. Long grass and ferns sections here – maybe not the best of ideas to have worn shorts today.

Once higher the views improve.

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Wreckage

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Then it’s a straightforward walk to the trig point on Beinn Bheula.

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From there headed generally SE. Made a bit of an error initially at around NS154986 going too far north and reaching the top of some crags. Had to double back to get down past the crags.

Once on easier slopes headed NE skirting round the edge of a forested section.

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Crossed a burn at the eastern end of Curra Lochain......”rope bridge”

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Then initially up through some chopped trees debris to get to a fence then headed approx NW at an angle up the hillside – quite steep here.

Looking back

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Fox (zoomed)

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Back to the south

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Sea plane (zoomed)

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Further up needed to change direction more to the NE to get through some crags before getting to the summit.

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Could see Beinn Tharsuinn in the distance but Stob na Boine Druim-fhinn must have been hiding behind it. Negotiated some initially steep, craggy sections then off down easier grassy slopes and skirted round just to the west of Beinn Tharsuinn.

Then northwards to get to the end of a ridge which would take me up to the summit.

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Bee on thistle

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Bee on thistle (cropped)

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Up to the trig point

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At the summit

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Now to get back down to the road. Mostly SE in direction – boggy and steep at times.

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Quite a lot of long grassy sections which again slowed progress as the ground was very uneven underneath – a couple of times legs and feet dropped into holes. This and the earlier forest problems meant that the overall walk had taken a bit longer than I was expecting.

Boat on water (zoomed)

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Looking southwards

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Route


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Back down to Corrow, followed a dirt road round through the estate then a short road section back to the car. Back in Glasgow late afternoon in plenty of time for dinner.
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Re: Lettermay trio

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:03 pm

G'ah - I was so close to heading for Beinn Bheula yesterday too...what a fine day you got for it, and me just sat in the garden...Some great pics there too.
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Re: Lettermay trio

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:24 pm

Great pic of the Fox :clap:

A nice area by the looks of your photos
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Re: Lettermay trio

Postby Graeme D » Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:31 am

Some lovely zoomed shots and an area that I know absolutely nothing about! Must investigate more! :D
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Re: Lettermay trio

Postby malky_c » Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:10 am

Nice :D . Had my eye on this lot and Cruach nam Mult for some time now. Looks like an interesting area away from the forestry. May form part of a larger plan backpacking up from Dunoon through Cowal to Arrochar. However working out how to get through the trees is quite an issue on that route!
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Re: Lettermay trio

Postby AnnieMacD » Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:09 pm

Beautiful photos and looks like a great area to explore. I'm very partial to the Corbetts too!
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Re: Lettermay trio

Postby gordon l » Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:24 pm

Cracking report. Once my bike is fixed I'll be over to do that trio. Love the wee hills of Argyll.
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Re: Lettermay trio

Postby Fudgie » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:00 pm

I see those hills every day yet I always head further North. I think I'll save them for the winter.
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Re: Lettermay trio

Postby Fife Flyer » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:51 pm

Nice one RH, some fantastic photo's :clap: :clap:

It's nice when we have these sort of hills on our doorstep :wink:
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Re: Lettermay trio

Postby rockhopper » Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:43 pm

cheers all :)
weaselmaster wrote:G'ah - I was so close to heading for Beinn Bheula yesterday too
some close shaves recently, WM - one of these days I'll bump into you :lol:
Collaciotach wrote:Great pic of the Fox :clap:
thanks Colla - was lucky as it was quite a distance away but it stared at me for a short time before scarpering
Graeme D wrote: an area that I know absolutely nothing about! Must investigate more!
am sure you'll have a great time when you do, MrD
malky_c wrote:However working out how to get through the trees is quite an issue on that route!
yes malky - I was also using an older map and looked like the forestry had changed quite a bit with a lot of it cut down
AnnieMacD wrote: I'm very partial to the Corbetts too!
cheers Annie - I'm starting to develop a liking for them
gordon l wrote: Love the wee hills of Argyll.
yup gordon - quite a lot of ups and downs but worth it in the end
Fudgie wrote: I think I'll save them for the winter.
yes Fudgie - have also been looking at others in the area for winter
Fife Flyer wrote:It's nice when we have these sort of hills on our doorstep
definitely - makes for a longer lie in as well !
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