I was looking for an easy walk to do and this was just the ticket.
Getting to Invarvar involved a now very familiar drive along Loch Lomond, trying desperately to get past lorries only to catch up with another one a few minutes later.
Finding the car park proved the biggest challenge of the day, I drove past it, turned and on my return through Invarvar I ased a lad whom was working (fencing) where it was... "Just there mate." I felt like a total wally.
Finding the path was easy mind you and takes you up to a broken open wall at which you need to go through then take the gatd to the right. Follow this path to another gate and continue on up the path through the woods until you come to yet another gate.
The hill walkers car park
You're walk starts here
A path up through the woods
Once clear of the woods its at this point you have to choose what direction to do the walk in. I choose clockwise because I thought it looked easier and because you finish on the highlight summit.
The walk along the hydro road is rocky underfoot so I huged the edge of the road where was better compacted.
This bridge is made out of paper
This part of the walk is well sign posted, they lead you over the burn via a rickety bridge and then up the back that hugs the edge of the woods.
A wee rest
A gloomy Glen Lyon
A few deer on the horizon
The snaking path
Walking in clag is a total downer but Carn Gorm has a few false summits which makes it a bit worse but it's not difficult once your out of the wetter ground.
The first cairn of the day....
I had my fill of the viewless summit so left fairly quickly and just followed the path down for a bit and stopped for a roll, it wasn't really needed but it's a new tactic I'm deploying for my hill walks...eating! I tend not eat a large amount when I'm out but today I was taking tactical breaks to see if I'd improve my hill walking performance. Today I'd eat 4 rolls! The most food I've ever eaten while on the hills.
As I sat in the clag just out of the wind I was cursing MWIS for giving me a decent weather report and a high percentage chance of a cloud free Munro.
As I followed the unmissable path to my next target the cloud just seemed to disappear
Just follow the fence posts
First glimpse of Meall Garbh
Meall Garbh cairn, looking to Carn Gorm
Looking to Loch Rannoch
Liz & Gary were here apparently
looking to Carn Mairg...your next
Just follow the fence again
Still no expansive views
The clag was off my hills but was still thick on the surrounding ranges.
Meall Garbh seems so far off now
Just off the Carn Mairg summit
Carn Gorm & Meall Garbh are under that somewhere
Looking to Creag Mhor
The walk to the fonal Munro of the day is largely a straight forward trudge over short grassy ground but thete are 1 or 2 nice geographical features to be seen if thats your kinda thing.
Geography and that
Final short pull to the top
Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh & Carn Mairg
I found out later that Ben Dolphin was on Schiehallion.
Sunny here, unlucky Schiehallion in cloud
I went off the beaten path for the walk out, it took a bit longer but happy enough to walk it and be rewarded as I seen an enormous heard of deer. The picture doesn't do any justice to what my eyes were seeing, the most dear I've ever seen in one place.
The long walk out
Please don't fall on me
Huge heard of deer
Salt lick for deer??
The light changing
It was about now the light became amazing and the sky was clearing. I'm looking to get into the wild camping game, I feel that I'm missing out on decent evening walking.
The drive down Loch Tay was very pleasant, not much traffic and incredible views. This was the nicest I've ever seen the area. Gorgeous golden light, no clouds or haze. I genuinely almost ran my car off the road looking up at Ben Lawers
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