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Day one of our three day trip to Scotland. We'd driven up with a few ideas in mind but eventually settled on this one with the weather looking superb on the Western coast.
Superb weather throughout for a long, tough but rewarding day.
- After parking at the bottom of the Dam Road near Lochawe we initially followed the access road upwards until the Dam came into view with Cruachan behind.
We decided on this way round as if the walk was getting too much in the heat we could always bail after Stob Diamh and just do the regular horseshoe. It was one of the lads first trips to Scotland so we were uncertain what he could manage but in the end it was no problem!
- We then crossed the Dam and followed a landrover track on the Western side of the Reservoir. Early but already very hot.
- The ascent proper starts after that as we headed up the good path to the Bealach an Lochain
- After turning right at the Bealach we arrived at Cruachan's stony and rough summit. A grand place to be on a day like this with far reaching views. Here looking along the ridge to Drochaid Ghlas and Stob Diamh.
- A first Munro for this lad and doing well on a tough baptism of fire.
- Looking over the Cruachan Reservoir (which seems to run into Loch Awe) to the Corbett Beinn a' Bhuiridh
- Looking back at Cruachan from Drochaid Ghlas - what a mountain!
- Cruachan and Drochaid Ghlas from Stob Diamh
- Sron an Isean and the next two Munro's now ahead
- As has been well documented in the past the descent from Sron an Isean to the Lairig Noe is awkward and steep (in slippy conditions it could even be dangerous).
While the ascent of Beinn a'Chochuill from the other side is steep and pathless.
- Looking back at Cruachan
- And again from the ascent of Beinn a'Chochuill. All eyes are on Cruachan throughout this walk.
- Beinn a'Chochuill summit looking to Beinn Eunaich
- Looking back at the hills climbed today
- Beinn Eunaich summit
- Four down! Tired after a long day in the sun and in need of a drink but done.
- After a steep descent all that was left was the walk out on tracks and then pavement