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Went up a Bin and came down...

Went up a Bin and came down...


Postby Chris Mac » Fri Mar 25, 2016 7:01 pm

Route description: Meikle Bin, Carron Valley

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Meikle Bin

Date walked: 13/03/2016

Time taken: 2.6 hours

Distance: 10.17 km

Ascent: 552m

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Finally, back out on the hills after a long delay due to various reasons. I had been wanting to climb Meikle Bin for a while, mainly for the cracking views it would offer of the entire central belt and with the bonus of it being a quick and easy walk with a good track the whole way for the other half to continue ankle rehab.

Meikle Bin, dead easy to spot from the drive along Carron Valley reservoir:
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We parked up and off we went along the forestry track with Meikle Bin summit showing up through the trees most of the way:
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The beginning of the walk is straightforward:
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A few twists through the forest and past some junctions but it's very hard to get lost:
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After a few more twists and turns Meikle Bin gets ever closer...
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Getting there now, almost at the start of the main path to the summit:
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At last, the view opens out to show a glimpse of the mountains to the north:
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Ben Ledi popping it's head into view:
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Ben Vorlich over at Arrochar:
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From left to right, Ben Chabhair, Ben Venue, An Caisteal, Beinn a'Chroin & Stob a'Choin:
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(summits I didn't know were identified using the superb Generate a panorama website for the benefit of those who haven't seen it yet - http://www.udeuschle.selfhost.pro/panoramas/makepanoramas_en.htm)

The giant twins, Castor and Pollux... otherwise known as the imposing Stob Binnein and Ben More:
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Ben Lomond with Beinn Ime and Ben Vane on either side:
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The path turns to the left and you then begin the climb up the grassy path to the summit:
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You quickly ascend and the view just gets better with every step... Ben Lomond on the left and Ben Ledi on the right framing the Glen with Fintry in the middle:
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Continue up the hill, remembering to take frequent breaks purely for the view north:
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The final push up the last steep bit...
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Looking back down on the route up, from the left of Carron Valley Reservoir and up through the line in the trees on the left:
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I can't resist a few more shots north again now that more of the mountains are in view:
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Almost there...
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To the left the central belt comes into view:
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And to the right the unmistakable peaks of Arran are visible, excellent:
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Goatfell, Cir Mhor and Caisteal Abhail:
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Success and what a view south, there's Tinto Hill!
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Motherewell & the Lowther Hills beyond:
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Hamilton:
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Cairn Table:
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A zoom shot of Goatfell:
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Mullach Buidhe, Beinn Tarsuinn, A'Chir and Cir Mhor:
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Ben Lomond:
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Beinn Chabhair:
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An Caisteal, Beinn a'Chroin & Stob a'Choin:
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There are plenty more shots of the hills to the north in the full Flickr set, here I am enjoying the views from the trig point:
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"The rock":
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Looking east towards the Ochils and the Firth of Forth and all the way round:
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Trig point:
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Ailsa Craig in the Distance:
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Ceum na Caillich (the Witches Step) & Caisteal Abhail:
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Fairey Firefly plane wreckage:
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http://www.aircrashsites-scotland.co.uk/firefly_meikle-bin.htm

Ben Ledi, now on my list:
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The east side of Ben Lomond:
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Stob Binnein and Ben More again and if you look to the left that's Beinn Dorain in the distance:
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The twins again in the distance beyond Stronend:
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Zoom shot down the Forth with North Berwick Law in the distance:
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Forth Rail Bridge:
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Time to head back, a final shot of the summit before we do:
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Easy going again on the walk out with the stunning view north enticing you to the bigger hills:
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Little Bin on the way back down:
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Retrace your steps back to the reservoir:
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Past the year-round Xmas tree:
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Bye bye Meikle Bin, it's been fun:
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Nice reflections in the water, a shame about the wind turbines ruining the background as always...
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Back at the car in no time, mission accomplished:
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So there you have it, if you are anywhere near Glasgow, only have a spare 3 hours or so for a walk but want rewarded with a view from Arran to Berwick and Lanark to Bridge of Orchy then what are you waiting for...

Full photo set available on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/djchrismac/albums/72157665630144160
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