Dam where is it?
There was a feeling of déjà vu as i drove over the lawyer car park and came out the other side beside the Bridge of Balgie tearoom (It was another wet start to the day when Gerry and me had tried to do this walk before but has missed the turning for the Loch Estate and ended up at Stronuich Reservoir instead).
On that day I checked the GPS and it said we were in the wrong place. However we both looked at the loch, the boat house and the dam and thought the GPS was wrong. It was not till half way up Creah Loaghain and we seen the shape of the loch that we realised the GPS was right!! We abandoned the walk that day and headed for Killin instead.
Again I went over the Lawers hills and past the tearoom on to the road that goes on for 10 miles but is a dead end. The Loch Estate sign, which is a small and a god send for me. I turned right here and travelled along the road till I reached a set of gates. That’s when I thought I might have taken the wrong road again. I checked the GPS and this time I trusted it. A quick look at the gate, there was a sign and no padlock. I drove the car through and closed the gate as requested on the sign.
It’s a short drive to the car park but getting there had taken me ages. I decided just to do the one as time was short and my walking buddy Boab has still to do these.
You follow the track and a small cairn marks the start of the path up. It’s a steep climb up to Creag an Fheadain, its loose stones, muddy and boggy in places and wet but not too bad. This is the hardest part of the walk with no long walk in. However the fence posts soon come in to view and follow the path which leads to the bealach between Stuc an Lochain and Sron Chona Choirein. The views are great and here is a selection of the photos I had taken. I hadn’t taken many photos on the way up as it had just stopped raining and was still dull. However the views from the summit were great and I took the opportunity on the way down to catch a few more snaps.
Posts on Creag Ah Fheadain
Bridge of balgie 2
Towards Grainan and Meall Dubh
Lochan nan Cat
Lochan nan Cat & Loch an Daimh
Lochan nan Cat & Stuchd an Lochain
Loch an Daimh
Loch an Daimh 3
Middle of Loch an Daimh
Boat House at Loch an Daimh
on the dam at Loch an Daimh
Coming down is steep and slippy and I did think this would be a great walk in the winter. Whichever way you go or whenever, it will be a direct route up at the start with but there after it is a lot easier. Looking forward to finishing off Meall Buidhe next time. Not looking forward to the 2 hour drive to travel 70 plus miles.
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