The weather forecast didnt look too great for this one but decided on the day to go for it. Picked up a friend at Barrhill and headed for the Bruce's Stone car park setting off with the dogs along the path beside the Buchan Burn up to Kilsharg Bothy. Started to rain and this stage but as we climbed the rain didnt last long. Instead it turned to hail and snow as the wind picked up. We were soon over the top of Benyellary and heading to the Merrick Summit for a wee coffee
Wee Coffee break at the summit
Snow started to get a bit heavier at this stage so headed back down. Within dropping a couple of hundered feet the snow had stopped and it became quite pleasant but slippy the rest of the way down
Bella and Fraoch posing
Once back to the car and first hill of the year complete there was only one thing left to do - A wee 1/2 pint at the nearest pub (House O'Hill on this occasion)
A wee liquid refreshment
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Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.