Travel and Coronavirus
Please check current coronavirus restrictions before travelling within or to Scotland.
Click for details
A wander up West Lomond
by KatTai » Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:12 pm
Route description: West Lomond from Craigmead
Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: West Lomond
Date walked: 11/01/2016
Distance: 8 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Decided heading South would be the best option for today, I decided to head for West Lomond. East Lomond was clear of cloud, but I've been up there so we still went West! It was the first time I've tried out my new boots, rucksack and my new dog walking belt!
The going was easy enough meeting just a few other walkers on our way and seeing a couple of grouse. The sun was shining across the Forth, but not where we were!
The clear track led towards West Lomond, sprinkled with snow unlike East Lomond that had very little snow, amazing the difference between hills that are so close to each other.
We followed the main trail round to the west of the summit, taking the left fork to head up into the mist. There would be no views from the summit for us today, but maybe another day!
At the top the dogs were let off lead for a bit of a run around and off course a few summit photos. Millie is a pro at posing for photos with the summit marker...
Moss is getting better at posing too! Though she gets anxious if I try and get her to pose for photos, so I just have to hope she gets into position herself!
I'd seen some sheep down by the other route, so rather than continuing the circuit I decided to head back the way we came so the dogs could get a bit of off-lead time. I think it is safe to say they had fun getting to run around and play...
by Silverhill » Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:17 pm
by KatTai » Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:21 pm
Silverhill wrote:Lovely pictures of the dogs, great to see them having fun!
Was great to let them be able to have a proper run! Our local "big run" places are more like the big swim places at the moment, not that they are bothered about that!
by The Rodmiester » Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:32 am
by KatTai » Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:23 am
The Rodmiester wrote:A fine walk, pity no views from the summit. Not much snow left either. Hope your new boots didn't give you blisters.
Nope, no problem at all walking with my new boots, really comfy to walk in. Driving in them is another matter though! Will be wearing other shoes for driving and putting my walking boots on when I get there I think
by redvark » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:38 pm
by KatTai » Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:17 pm
redvark wrote:the Lomonds are my local hills, I like the route to West Lomond over Bishop Hill from the reservoirs and then back along the track to the car park which gives a bit of extra distance. It can be a bit "sheepy" up there though. I love the photos of your dogs having fun, we have three Collies but they all studiously pretend not to like playing with each other when we are out
Sounds like a nice route, and I haven't done Bishop's Hill yet so I'll keep that in mind I don't mind sheep, I just figured I'd "reward" the dogs with some off-lead time rather than keep them on the lead the whole time. And at the moment I don't know how Moss will respond to walking through a field of sheep.