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A great day for getting my mojo back

A great day for getting my mojo back


Postby mountain thyme » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:06 am

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Tirran

Date walked: 09/02/2015

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 876m

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Too many sad events over Christmas and New Year stopped me getting out on the hills and I felt as though I had lost my mojo!

As I had a few days annual leave to use before the end of March I decided to take one day off and get a hill fix.
I fancied something not too far away and checked to see if anyone else was free. Johnny Corbett was too busy concentrating on the sub 2000s and Dooterbang had a gas engineer visiting but when he seen the weather window rescheduled this and joined me.

Doots checked my WH Corbett map and the weather and decided on Ben Tirran :)
I picked him up at 7am and was bang on time for a change - I must have been excited _- and we headed towards Glen Clova. Getting stuck in lots of traffic at Cumbernauld and Perth seen us beginning the walk at 1030am :roll:

Parked at the public car park/ toilets opposite the hotel. Crossed the road and headed up the right hand side of the hotel, passing some chalets, then over a bridge, through the gate and followed the path onto the open countryside.
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We followed the path north and headed up the ridge with views to our east of Loch Brandy. Here the Loch looked stunning, stopping for lots of pictures on route :D
We continued up the ridge with me puffing a bit due to my first hill in 2 months. We stopped at the top of the Loch for more pictures and then sat for lunch with one of the best views/ lunch stops I’ve seen recently on the hills. With also some cracking views over towards Lochnagar from here.
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First view of Loch Brandy

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Heading up the ridge with Loch Brandy to the east

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At the north end of Loch Brandy

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Loch Brandy

Not wanting to move we eventually continued south east towards green hill and followed a path towards White Hill and south towards the Goet where we refuelled again. The walk up towards the Goet was up and down with softish snow underfoot but nothing too difficult. We kept to the right hand side of the fence all the way up towards the Goet
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Hurry up Doots. Kidding on his knees sore. Towards the Goet

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The Goet

From the Goet it was an easy walk south west towards the summit of Ben Tirran.
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Summit of Ben Tirran

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Summit

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From the summit we headed southwest towards Loch Wharral, stopping again for some pics and from here over boggy ground and an electric fence! And continued west towards the forest/ chalets near to the hotel.
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Loch Wharral

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Hut at Loch Wharral

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This is how its done Doots !

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Lagging behind! Its not that hot DB

A truly fantastic hill in winter, which I totally did not expect. 5 hours in total which included lots of picture stops.
Cheers for the company Dooterbang and for helping me get back out and getting my mojo back.
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Re: A great day for getting my mojo back

Postby rockhopper » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:20 am

Lovely day for it MT and a great way to use up holidays - but you're both a right couple of posers :wink:

Think you may just have pipped it in the snow angels competition :lol: - cheers :)
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Re: A great day for getting my mojo back

Postby onsen » Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:51 am

Nice way to recharge your mojo.... :thumbup:
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Re: A great day for getting my mojo back

Postby basscadet » Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:39 am

Oh that looked brill, glad you got a nice day for your first outing for a while.. :)
Was up this hill yesterday, but nothing but freezing winds and clag for us :?
Couldn't decide in the clag whether the cairn was the summit, or the trig point.. Lots of wandering on a flat plateau with fingers crossed :lol:
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Re: A great day for getting my mojo back

Postby litljortindan » Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:55 am

The lochan is dazzling. Looks like a good antidote if the festive season wasn't so festive.
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Re: A great day for getting my mojo back

Postby Sarah86 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:41 pm

It looks like you had the perfect conditions to get your mojo back. I have been tempted by Loch Brandy for a while, looks stunning surrounded by snow and blue skies.
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Re: A great day for getting my mojo back

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:53 pm

A great winters daunder, that electric fence is new though :( never seen one up there before. It's time I got the finger out and did something that counts for a blue balloon, and get my legs tuned up for the Durness Weekend. :lol: :lol:
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Re: A great day for getting my mojo back

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:59 pm

Loved this report - I've spent many happy hours in this area, in all conditions - but you can't beat a clear winter's day. Nor can you beat getting out in great country after a lay off - really does the soul good! :D :D
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Re: A great day for getting my mojo back

Postby mountain thyme » Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:32 pm

rockhopper wrote:Lovely day for it MT and a great way to use up holidays - but you're both a right couple of posers :wink:

Think you may just have pipped it in the snow angels competition :lol: - cheers :)


Haha cheers RH.No one can pose but DB :D

onsen wrote:Nice way to recharge your mojo.... :thumbup:

cheers onsen

basscadet wrote:Oh that looked brill, glad you got a nice day for your first outing for a while.. :)
Was up this hill yesterday, but nothing but freezing winds and clag for us :?
Couldn't decide in the clag whether the cairn was the summit, or the trig point.. Lots of wandering on a flat plateau with fingers crossed :lol:

It was a cracking day cheers. Sorry yous had a rubbish day Seanna :(

litljortindan wrote:The lochan is dazzling. Looks like a good antidote if the festive season wasn't so festive.


Sarah86 wrote:It looks like you had the perfect conditions to get your mojo back. I have been tempted by Loch Brandy for a while, looks stunning surrounded by snow and blue skies.

Cheers. Keep this walk for a day which i got :D

The Rodmiester wrote:A great winters daunder, that electric fence is new though :( never seen one up there before. It's time I got the finger out and did something that counts for a blue balloon, and get my legs tuned up for the Durness Weekend. :lol: :lol:

I was frightened to cross it incase i touched it. Corbetts in Durness ?? Might get a walk together :)

Huff_n_Puff wrote:Loved this report - I've spent many happy hours in this area, in all conditions - but you can't beat a clear winter's day. Nor can you beat getting out in great country after a lay off - really does the soul good! :D :D


Cheers Huff n Puff. It was a stunning day . Great wee walk :D
Cheers litljortindan. The lochan was stunning :)
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Re: A great day for getting my mojo back

Postby dogplodder » Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:10 pm

Been up to Loch Brandy on various occasions with bunches of kids - but never saw it like this. What a day you got! :D
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Re: A great day for getting my mojo back

Postby mountain thyme » Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:40 pm

dogplodder wrote:Been up to Loch Brandy on various occasions with bunches of kids - but never saw it like this. What a day you got! :D



Cheers DP. A cracking day was had
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Re: A great day for getting my mojo back

Postby Graeme D » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:13 pm

I temporarily lost my hill mojo once. Was great when I found it again. Good to see you got yours back T! :D
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